Markham Mr. Glenn E. Markham, age 88, of Rockford went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Luella “Lu” (Brown) Markham; children, Darayl and Terry Markham of Rockford, Mrs. Sandra Ratajczak of Rockford, Janet and Larry Goemaat of Knoxville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Jay C. Markham, on April 9, 2001; his grandson, James Matthew Markham, on August 9, 1997; and his son-in-law, Jerry Ratajczak, on July 29, 2005. Glenn was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, having served in WWII, wounded in action twice, and was awarded the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster. His wounds occurred during the Battle of the Bulge. He was also a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He served Oakfield Township as a trustee on the Board of Supervisors in the ’50s. Glenn and his wife developed Poplar Point Plat in 1945, using what tools they had at the time. He also developed the west side of Angel Lake. Besides being a farmer all his working life, he owned two businesses: The Beer Vault in Grand Rapids and part owner in Long’s Farm Machinery. Following an accident in which he was severely injured, Glenn worked for the Board of Education in Grand Rapids as a maintenance engineer. Glenn and his wife have been members of Voyagers Country Club in Tucson, Ariz., where their winter home was, and were also members of the Apple Blossom Good Sam’s Club, Chapter 51, for many years. The service for Glenn was Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Dr. Michael Conklin officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in White Swan Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of Michigan Veterans Home Inc., PO Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
June 25 2009
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4610 Belding Rd., Rockford, will ordain and install Jonathan Klein as its associate pastor in a special 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 12. A cookout will follow the service. The community is invited to join by bringing a dish to share, while hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. Klein, 26, is a 2009 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Milwaukee, a 2005 graduate of Martin Lutheran College in New Ulm, Minn., and a 2001 graduate of Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, Wis. In 2007-2008, Klein served a vicar year at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ottawa, Ontario. His wife, Wendy, is a 2007 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, and most recently taught third grade at Hope Christian School in Milwaukee. Rev. Klein will serve as associate pastor of evangelism, youth and young adult ministries at Christ Our Savior (COS). He joins Pastor Tim Gauger and Staff Minister Tom Marten in shepherding the over 500-member congregation, which began as a church plant of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in 1989. COS is located on the southwest corner of Wolverine Blvd. and Belding Rd. For more information, call (616) 866-1881 or visit cosrock.org.
Noon set as day’s final mail collection Rockford’s Post Office will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2009, to allow retail employees to spend more time with their families. Noon will be the last collection for mail deposited in blue collection boxes that day. All collection points that have a regularly scheduled collection time prior to 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, July 3, will be collected as scheduled. Regular mail delivery for July 3 will be unaffected by the change. “As many businesses close early on July 3,” said Postmaster Fred Farage, “the number of customers visiting our lobbies greatly diminishes. We view this as an opportunity to afford retail employees more time with their families by closing retail operations in most of our locations early on July 3.” Commercial customers are asked to check with their Bulk Mail Acceptance Unit for July 3 hours of operation. To obtain the phone number of a specific post office, customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS. Post office retail counters will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2009 (Independence Day-a federal holiday), and there will be no mail delivery. Post offices’ retail counters will resume regularly scheduled hours of operation on Monday, July 6. An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The U.S. Postal Service has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.
At a recent Rockford Lions Club meeting, Lion Nancee DeVogel was presented with the highest form of recognition by the Lions Clubs’ International Foundation. Receiving a plaque reading, “For Dedicated Humanitarian Service,” DeVogel was named a Melvin Jones Fellow for her service to her club, her Lions district and especially for her work with the Welcome Homes project serving the needs of the blind. Welcome Homes, a project of the Michigan Lions Clubs, originated in Grand Rapids as a home haven for the elderly blind. DeVogel, an employee and a Lion, serves Welcome Homes as their liaison to the state organization. Recognizing that need had outgrown their facility, the Lions-with DeVogel spearheading the program-have expanded this service to include the normal retirement home through the training of staff to meet the specialized needs of the blind. Now, eight retirement homes are trained and capable of accepting blind guests with more homes on the way. For more information on Welcome Homes or the Rockford Lions Club, call (616) 866-4193.
The “bread store” (Butternut Bread discount outlet) in the front of the Rockford Meijer is down and a strip mall is on its way. According to Rockford City Manager Michael Young, the Ten Mile Corridor planning committee has no objections to the retail shops that will occupy the mall. “It was already zoned commercial because of the bread store,” Young said. Planned to fill the mall will be a restaurant, The Hut (formerly Pizza Hut), a coffee shop, a cell phone store and a tanning salon. “I would expect that construction activities will commence very shortly and move at a quick pace, in that they are already behind schedule,” Young said.