Mr. Gordon H. VanderBerg, age 77, of Belmont passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. He grew up on the west side of Grand Rapids, and as a young man Gordon was active in Boy Scouts. After graduating from Union High School in 1950, he began working for Consumers Power Company. Gordon was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War, receiving two bronze stars. After the military, Gordon returned to Consumers Power. Even after his retirement he went back and worked as an outside contractor. Gordon met the love of his life, and on January 30, 1960. Astra and Gordon were married and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this coming January. Throughout their lives, Gordon and Astra were devoted to each other. There was a very special bond of closeness as husband and wife that made it obvious they were meant to be with one another, and those times were an expression of the love they had for each other. When Astra was working, Gordon would stop by and take her to lunch-the simplicity of togetherness. Spending time at their cottage in Irons with Astra and his family was very special to Gordon. Dawn was his hunting and fishing partner, and best of all she enjoyed the quality time that they could spend together. His grandchildren have a legacy of memories of their times with grandpa. Brittany delighted at every moment she could spend fishing with her grandfather (clad in her special chest waders). Brad remembers the hunter safety class they took together, and the memorable times of hunting and fishing with his grandfather. Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Astra; daughter, Dawn Bussing and fiancé Derek Drudy of Rockford; and his very special grandchildren, Brittany and Brad Bussing, who were the light of his life. He is also survived by son, Doug VanderBerg of Cedar Springs; grandsons, Randy and Rusty; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Edna VanderBerg; and sister, Donna Knittle. Gordon was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed. The service for Gordon will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor […]
May 7 2009
Dear Editor, As I reflect on the past thirty years here in Rockford, I marvel at the way I and my family have been blessed. Back in 1979, interest rates were high at 18 percent and more. Every store front in town was full. Barb Stein was already here at the same location (Great Northern Trading) and Baskets in the Belfry was upstairs in the old barn mall. The Hotdog Hall of Fame was known far and wide. The Barn Mall was in front of Great Northern Trading, and leaned to the north. Many thought it would fall over any day. People, old people, would come on busses and complain about high prices. Why, coffee had reached 25 cents a cup in some places! Hundreds of businesses have come and gone in these past thirty years. The Cookery Nook, O’Fudge and the Outdoor Cook all became part of our store. People still complain about high prices, especially old people. Young people like to point out their sophistication and let us know how things are done on the West Coast. My oldest sons, Jeff and Doug, were in high school, and have worked with Sharon and myself from opening day. Heidi was in junior high and Bryan was starting second grade. All are now married and still are able to make a living at our store. The other day, a sophisticated lady complained that Heidi’s six-year-old daughter was behind the counter. Well, all of our grandchildren have grown up with our business. Andy, the oldest, works full time. Michael and Ashley work part-time while in school. All of my business life, I have dreamed about a farmstead location. To have been given this is not a reward from hard work, but a blessing from our Lord. Now, to the point, it is not buildings, it is what goes on in buildings. People must be able to serve and produce things, thereby making a living. It’s business that makes a location, not the other way around. Anyone who knows me, knows I love history. When it’s possible to make use of old buildings, it helps preserve some of our history. However, if we go back to the beginning of Rockford, and all insisted that things remain the […]
Rockford’s former Chamber of Commerce director enjoyed a visit from our current director during spring break. Carl (former director) and Karen Shook are pictured with Trent Davis ( son of Rockford Chamber Executive Director Brenda Davis) and the April Fool’s edition of the Squire. The Davis family visited the Shooks at their Venice, Florida home during spring break. Everyone enjoyed hamming it up for all their friends in Rockford.
REBA (Rockford East Business Association) is revitalized” says Thom Arends of Thom’s Hair Design. “We will meet at 8:00 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at D&W. We invite area businesses to join us.” New officers are President Char Bouwkamp of D&W, Secretary Kathy Perez of United Bank, and Treasurer Jane House of Comerica Bank. REBA is the golf ball sponsor for the Rockford Chamber this year and Genesis Salon and Day Spa won the drawing for four greens fees for the golf outing at Blythefield Country Club on Monday May 4. REBA also will sponsor the Start of Summer Shuttle Bus in mid-June. “We are excited to get organized again as a strong business association.”
Wolverine World Wide, Inc. will be honored with the Excellence in Lifestyle Branding Award at the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s (AAFA) 31st annual American Image Awards to be held on May 12, 2009 in New York City. Blake W. Krueger, the Company’s CEO and President, will accept the award, which recognizes Wolverine’s success in building one of the most diverse and preeminent portfolios of footwear and lifestyle brands in the industry. During 2008, Wolverine celebrated its 125th anniversary by marketing nearly forty eight million pairs of footwear globally and delivering its 8th consecutive year of record revenue and earnings.