February 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quinn Mr. John A. Quinn, age 45, of North Muskegon and formerly of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2013, following a long, brave, and courageous battle with Kidney Disease. He was a graduate of Kent Occupational High School and worked for Keeler Brass. John did countless hours of volunteer work for North Kent Community Services, God’s Kitchen, and helped wherever he was needed, especially at the Rogue Valley Towers . Many will remember his quiet ways, as he pensively walked in downtown Rockford . He was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, and for 27 years he was a member of the Bishop Ritcher Council #7761 Knights of Columbus 3rd degree. John was preceded in death by his father, Michael D. Quinn January 2, 2009, and his nephew, Jonathan Collins. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Delores M. Quinn; brother and sisters, Margaret Mary and Larry Collins, Dan and Jana Quinn, Kathleen Quinn and Rob Lutzke; nieces and nephews, Naomi Collins, Joseph Quinn, Kirsten Felty, Nicole Felty, Kirstin Ruud, Erika Ruud; great-nieces and great-nephew, Holly, Abigail, Michelle, Charlize, and Amory. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Quinn will be offered on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. Interment in Assumption Cemetery. The Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider North Kent Community Services at 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford , MI 49341 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the Mass at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church on Thursday. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford  

Newspaper publisher dies at age 84

January 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Roger Allen, of Rockford, Michigan, died Saturday, January 5 after a long battle with heart disease. He was well known in the community as publisher of the Rockford Squire newspaper and a weekly columnist. Many people appreciated Roger’s wit and humor and he had a one-man campaign to maintain Rockford as the humor capital of the world. Roger was the son of Elizabeth and Joseph Gilbert (Gib) Allen. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in peacetime Korea. He was born in Washingon D. C. on June 20, 1928. Roger married Alice Vautier Fairweather September 7, 1950. The couple had four children, Kristan Elizabeth, Lois Jean, Mark Fairweather and Elizabeth Jean. Kristan preceded her father in death. Roger is also survived by his sister, Nancy of California. Roger was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He was a founding member of Homeland Security, and a long-time employee of the government, working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At the end of his career he was the media spokesman who gave interviews to television and press reporters following natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. Roger was a modern-day Renaissance man. For many years he raised his children on a farm in Cedar Springs, raising much of the family’s food and bartering for goods. Roger and Mark built the home and farm buildings themselves. Many times he called being publisher of the Rockford Squire newspaper the best job he ever had. He bought the Squire when it was the Rockford Weekly Register and in bankruptcy in the 1980s. He felt that it was important that the town’s oldest business and only newspaper stay in publication. Roger wrote his weekly columns without fail for over 30 years. When he traveled, he called the column Roger on the Road, and when he was in town he called the column Main Street. His column always featured jokes, anecdotes and his own wry commentary on world events. After a heart surgery several years ago he was no longer able to travel. He bought a lot in Rockford, built a house and was proud to call this town his home. Family and friends will gather from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Friday, […]


January 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mr. Kenneth Stoner, age 93, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 4, 2013. He was born on a farm in Solon Township to Carl and Ada Stoner just prior to the Depression and could remember many details about those years. Ken graduated from Rockford High School in 1938 and remembered helping to pour the foundation of the Rockford Post Office in 1937. After his graduation from Rockford High School, he worked at the Wolverine Shoe Factory (W.W.W.) in the office and printing department. On April 16, 1941, Ken was drafted in the U.S. Army, serving in Company “C” 126th regiment of the 32nd division, which is now the “Red Arrow Division”. After being in the campaigns in Papua and Buna, New Guinea, Ken was discharged from the service. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, five Overseas Service Bars, one Service Strip and the rank of S/Sgt. Ken remembers on V-J Day that he and Mrs. Myrna Harger went to the First Congregational Church of Rockford and joyfully rang the church bell when “Victory” in Japan was declared. Ken was one of the two original letter carriers in Rockford (the other was Merton Davis), a service that started on July 1, 1949. Later he served as a rural letter carrier from 1954 through 1979 with 700 stops including the Cannonsburg Post Office, and the Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake areas. He retired after 35 years with the Postal Service. Ken loved being out of doors and would fish all four seasons (a trait his son Kevin inherited). He also tied flies for fishing, which is an art unto itself.   In retirement, Ken and his wife, Versa, traveled extensively. Ken is survived by his loving wife, Versa (nee Hornby) whom he married on August 28, 1948; children, Kathryn and Frederick Lyons, Brian and Robin Stoner, and Kevin Stoner; nieces and nephews, Mrs. Carol Bylsma, Janet Bacon, Mary VanOeveren, Ronald and Ruth Crame, and Richard and Cheryl Crame, and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ada (nee Arsnoe) Stoner, his sisters, Mrs. Edith Ploeg and Mrs. Frieda Nelson. The Service for Mr. Stoner was Monday, January […]


January 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Raymond Myron Smith age 17 of Rockford Michigan went home to celebrate eternal life with Jesus on January 1, 2013. Ray was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 21, 1995. Ray attended Roguewood Elementary School, Rockford North Middle School and Rockford High School. Ray had a personality that was one of a kind, his sense of humor and love for life had an impact on everyone around him. Whether he was hanging with his friend at BW’s, snowboarding or golfing with his family at Crystal Mountain or fishing with his dad, Ray was always the life of the party. Ray enjoyed a wide variety of interests like SCORE soccer, Middle School Band, wrestling, woodworking, his dogs and his rabbit Dr. Waffel. Ray’s heart for people led him to help out with the little ones at church and working the sound booth for the worship team. Ray accepted Jesus into his heart while at Never The Same Camp in 2009, he was baptized that August. In December Ray found out he had Leukemia. Many times God used Ray’s life to reveal his miraculous power. During his three year journey with cancer Ray learned to rely on his faith as a result his love for God and others grew. During his three year journey there were many people who brought joy to Ray and his family. Ray’s family will always be thankful for the wonderful doctors, nurses and caregivers who have shown them so much love, determination and kindness. The Make A Wish Foundation provided a memorable trip to Hawaii last January, his family will always treasure that special time. Ray also enjoyed the support from his youth group “United”, his soccer Small Group Friends and so many cherished friends. Ray was preceded in death by his grandparents Myron & Phyllis Smith and Arnold van Riel. Ray is survived by his parents, Fred & Elise Smith; his brothers, John & Ken; his oma, Hannie van Riel and his aunts & uncles; Nick & Prudy Smith, Dan & Nancy Smith, Edwin & Angelique van Riel; his cousins, Jenni Smith, Jeff & Gina Smith (daughters Rachel & Jossilyn) and Merel van Riel. A service of praise and reflection for the life God gave to Ray was held 1:00 […]


January 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Robert Charles Winquist, age 81, slalomed his way across the finish line on Wednesday January 2nd, 2013 at his home at Caberfae Peaks surrounded by his family and wife Ariadne.  After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in April, Bob achieved his goal of attending his grandson Erik’s wedding, deer hunting, celebrating the holidays and most important, visiting with his friends and relatives daily for 9 months. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Martha Winquist; step-father, Bernard Edison; brothers-in-law, Fred Boshoven, Harold Yeargin; and sister-in-law, Udella Munson. Bob was born in 1931 and graduated from Rockford High School in l950.  His love of cars led him into owning the Cedar Body Shop in Cedar Springs.  At that time he was the number one dune buggy builder and seller in Western Michigan.  His innate sales ability later translated into a successful mobile home business (CBS Homes) and also various real estate ventures.  He was a skilled and speedy builder who was the one his children went to when a home improvement plan was needed.  Deer hunting was a passion, and skiing and golf were integral parts of his life. Bob is survived by his wife Ariadne of 60 years; daughters, Boni (Glenn) Stout and Sheri (Doug) Frye; and sons, Scott (Kristine) Winquist and Tom (Jacqueline) Winquist. His devoted grandchildren are many: Cari (Ryan) Martin, Sara (Jarred) Sper, Christopher (Ashley) Hansen, Alisa (John) Hole, Erik (Natalie) Winquist, Heidi (Martin) Tichy, Alissandra and Aubrie Winquist; and step grandchildren, Colton, Christy and Debby (Scott) Haverdink. His life was further enlightened by his 13 great grandchildren: Parker, Tyler, Sammy, Avery, Maya, Michael, Kaylin, Makenna, Skylar, Ariadne, Brecken, Ashley, and Chelsea. He is also survived by his brother, Tom (Shirley) Winquist; sister, Janet Boshoven; sisters- in-law, Gertrude Yeargin, Maxine Gordon; and step-sisters, Karen (Bill) Brumit and Vivian (David) Klinck. Bob was blessed with countless friends including those at the Harrietta United Methodist Church (HUMC) where he devoted his building talents to making the church more accessible for others to share in their fellowship.  Many thanks for the prayers of church members, family and friends as well as the kind and compassionate support of the “Cancer Bus” driver (Wayne), medical staff and hospice care givers. Memorial services were […]

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