Mr. Donald Richard Figger of Rockford, Michigan, age 73, passed away at his residence on the late afternoon of Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was born to Richard and Dorothy (West) Figger on Saturday, May 24, 1941, in Reed City, Michigan, and had been a fifty-year resident of his beloved Cowan Lake. Don was a 1960 graduate of Creston High School and worked most of his life as a carpenter. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending time boating and going fishing. Don was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, dear brother and friend, and the best grandfather anyone could ask for. The love Don had for his family was truly immeasurable. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family, friends, and all those who knew him. Don is survived by his best friend and beloved wife of forty-six years, Faith (Dean) Figger; loving children, Rick Figger, Ryan Figger, Randon Figger, and Rachelle (Josh) Sova; grandchildren Anthony and Brook Figger and Grace and Owen Sova; and sister Edythe (George) Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant grandson Wyatt Sova. A private family service will be held. Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mr. Ralph Edwin Rieckman of Rockford, Michigan, age 84, entered into eternal life from the comfort of his home, on the afternoon of Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ralph was born to Ralph and Enid (Robinson) Rieckman on Thursday, October 23, 1930, in Grand Rapids, Michigan and had been a lifelong resident of the area. As a truehearted countryman and patriot, Ralph proudly and courageously served his flag and county, serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the Air Force after twenty-one years, and is a member of the Greenville American Legion, Ray I. Booth Post #101. During his more youthful years, Ralph was a great outdoorsman. He enjoyed being one-on-one with nature, going hunting and fishing, and exploring the forests and fields of Montana’s majestic landscape. Ralph was very talented and artistically inclined; a man of great patience and integrity. He could play the bagpipes and write beautiful poetry; handcraft maple syrup and utilize his impressive green thumb in the garden; pan for gold from time to time and was an apiarist, raising bees for honey. Ralph was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, dear brother and friend, and the best grandfather anyone could ask for. His soul will be sadly missed, but may his life be fondly remembered and celebrated by his family, friends, and all those who knew him. Ralph is survived by his best friend, soul mate, and beloved wife of sixty years, Edla (Horton); loving children, Pamela (Alan) Kebless and Robert (Sandy) Rieckman; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother Bud (Suzanne) and John Rieckman; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Timothy Edwin Rieckman in 1981; and brothers Robert, Joseph and Jim Rieckman. There will be a time of visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The memorial service will begin at 7:00 p.m., following visitation. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard, full military honors will be performed. Mr. Alan Kebless will be officiating. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 […]
Mr. Timothy Michael Fountain of Grand Rapids, formerly of Greenville, Michigan, age 67, answered his “last alarm” on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was born to Virgil and Helen (Lawrence) Fountain on Sunday, August 24, 1947, in Lakeview, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. Tim was a 1966 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and following his graduation, as a truehearted countryman, he enlisted in the military, proudly and courageously serving his flag and country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Tim was also a dedicated fireman, working for the Greenville Fire Department for thirty-one years before his retirement. He was a faithful servant to his community, and in the line of service, there was never a fire too big or too small. It was truly his pleasure to serve the public. Tim enjoyed many things in life. He was a great outdoorsman, always going fishing and hunting, or just spending time in his garden utilizing his impressive green thumb. He was a wonderful father, dear brother and friend, and the best grandfather anyone could ask for. The love he had for his family was infinite. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family, friends, co-workers, and all those who knew him. Tim is survived by his father, Virgil Fountain; loving daughter, Holli (John) Leegwater; adored grandchildren, Eli and Brooke Leegwater; brothers Shawn (Deb) Lautner and Terry Fountain; sisters Michele (Michael) Worden and Melissa (Frank) Brower; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother; step-mother Martha Fountain; wife Lou Dixson; and brothers Jeff and Michael Winegar. There was a time of visitation from 1:00 p.m. until the start of the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Chaplain Eric Coulon officiated. The Greenville Fire Department conducted a “Last Alarm” ceremony and under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard, full military honors were performed. Inurnment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Six Lakes, MI. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Faith Hospice – Development Office, 2100 Raybrook Street SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Pederson Funeral […]
James (J.J.) Doman has been named valedictorian of Sparta High School class of 2015 at commencement ceremony on May 28. In addition to ranking at the top of his class with a 4.18 GPA, J.J. was also active in NHS and a member of the Student Council. He also participated in football, baseball, track (varsity letter) along with four consecutive years of basketball. His parents are Mark and Jane Hess of Rockford and Jim and Stacy Doman of Sparta. J.J. will attend Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business.
This colorful character was spotted at Townsend Park this spring. How can something so colorful be so difficult to notice? He even kept his head and legs out for a nice feature photo, unlike another of his kind that was noticed another time at Rogue River Park. That little guy clammed up completely and literally locked his/her entire self into a safe compartment in his hinged shell. Quite the trick if you can pull it off. Please share your nature photos with our readers by emailing to: email@example.com.