Obituaries – July 30, 2009

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Longhurst Donna Jeanne Hart Longhurst, age 79, of Rockford peacefully left us July 27, 2009. Donna will be deeply missed by her husband of 61 years, James E. Longhurst; her children, Randy (Rachel) Longhurst, Marie (Lynn) Farrance, Keith Longhurst and partner Marie Schultz; grandchildren, Jason (Andrea) Longhurst, Krystin (Jacob) Sponsler, Lindsey (Andrew) Maki, Ashley Farrance; great-grandchildren, Issac, Kayla, Gaberial, Skyler and Christian; and her dear four-legged companion, Sophie. Donna will be lovingly remembered for her bright sense of humor, generous nature, love of family, and hugs she gave to everyone to express her appreciation and love. In her early years she enjoyed her work with her family on their 4-H fair projects, country living, traveling, bowling with friends, history and reading. Bird-watching was a favorite, but seeing the busy hummingbirds brought her the most joy. The Longhurst family would like to express their deepest appreciation to their thoughtful neighbors and the entire Spectrum Health Hospice team for their wonderful support and guidance. The service for Mrs. Longhurst will be Thursday afternoon, July 30, 2009, at 1:00 at Pederson Funeral Home with Chaplain Susan Cleveland officiating. Interment will be in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. The family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Bailey  Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Bailey, age 83, of Rockford passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 24, 2009, surrounded at home by his loving family. While attending Rockford High School, Jerry lettered in football, baseball and basketball and still held a part-time job at the Kroger Store. After graduating from Rockford High School in 1944, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a seaman first class on the USS John A. Bole (DD 755) during WWII. He graduated from Albion College and worked as an insurance adjuster. Later he represented several real estate companies as an agent. Jerry enjoyed golfing, bowling, working crossword puzzles, and playing a good card game. He was an avid reader, enjoying biographies and books about politics. Jerry was a life member of the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American […]

Obituaries – July 23, 2009

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Merren  Mrs. Ardith J. Merren, age 76, of Cannon Township, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 18, 2009. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 56 years, Jack; their children, Kevin (Debra) Merren, Cherry (Dan) Alexander, Kathy (Glenn) Gorton, Amie Merren and her special friend Jeff Traynor; grandchildren, Chris Merren, Chad Stephens, Aaron Alexander, Christi Alexander, Kevin Drumm, Lee Drumm, Kayla Gorton, Alex Gorton; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Darlea (Wesley) Stump; and sisters-in-law, Mrs. Barbara Voogd and Mrs. Helen Lane. Ardie was an avid square dancer, and enjoyed gardening and country living. She treasured her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. She took pleasure in planning, hosting and socializing at family gatherings, parties and events. The service for Ardie was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division St., Rockford, with Pastor Mark Love officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Memorial Fund at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.   Engebretsen Mr. Maynard Engebretsen, age 86, of Rockford, devoted father and grandfather, parted from this life on Thursday, July 16, 2009, to be reunited with his beloved wife of 63 years, June, who preceded him in death. Born February 13, 1923, on the family farm in Winfield Township, Mich., he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, First Air Transport Squadron during World War II, serving in Okinawa. Maynard was the son of Benjamin Engebretsen and Alta Mae Knapp Engebretsen, and was one of three children. He is survived by his children, Douglas (Mary Beth) Engebretsen of Kalamazoo, Thomas (Bonnie) Engebretsen of Rockford, and Kimberly Engebretsen of Baldwin; four grandchildren, Ursula, Michael, Cecilia, and Peter. He was preceded in death by sister, Myla Beth; brother, Kenneth; his son, Steven; and his grandson, Joseph Gabriel. Maynard received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Michigan State University. He worked as an engineer for many years and was head of safety and security at Lear Siegler Inc. when that company supported instruments for the lunar module and stealth technology. Maynard was a lifelong Republican and told a […]

Obituaries — June 25, 2009

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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.

Obituaries – June 11, 2009

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Squires  Pauline B. Squires, 87, of Rockford died Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Mrs. Squires was born October 21, 1921, in Rockford, the daughter of Frank and Samantha (Fredericks) Fisk. She was a 1938 graduate of Rockford High School. She then graduated from beauty school and opened her first beauty salon with close friend Gayle Butler in Byron Center. She was a born entrepreneur, was very ambitious and went on to own two other beauty salons in Grand Rapids. She met her husband, Robert D. Squires Sr., at Wolverine World Wide and traveled to Texas to marry him while he was in the U.S. Army. She was very loyal to her family and a wonderful caregiver to her husband, who preceded her in death on July 28, 2008. Surviving are two children, Robert D. Squires Jr. of Rockford, Brenda L. Squires of Duluth, Ga.; one grandson, Robert D. (Jennifer) Squires III; one great-granddaughter, Nicole L. Squires; many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jack, Bud and Gordon Fisk; and one sister, Leora Ashley. The family received friends Tuesday at the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Conklin officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements were made by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

Obituaries — May 21, 2009

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Amon Mr. Richard Amon, age 81, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. While attending high school at St. John’s Military Academy in Wisconsin, Dick played football. He graduated in 1946 and entered in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII. Dick attended Michigan State University and was called back to serve in the Korean War. In 1948 he met Esther Jorgensen. While he was in the service, they wrote to one another. Dick came home from Korea in November, and he and Esther were married on January 5, 1952. For a long time, Dick was the controller at Westing Company and then became the business manager for the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons for the state of Michigan. He was a member of the Doric Lodge #352 and served as past master. Dick was honored by his fellow Masons as a 33rd Degree Mason with the Meritus Service Award. Dick and Esther enjoyed being together and liked cruises and traveling. They especially loved being by the lake. Family was very important to Dick. His children endearingly remember their dad as always promoting punctuality and one who held on to those old-fashion ideas. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Esther; son, Martin Amon of Holland; daughter, Carol Berenbrock and husband Gary; grandchildren, Eric (Andrea) Beckett, Jeffrey Beckett, Mark Beckett, Julia Amon, Thomas Amon, Christine Amon, Shanda Berenbrock, Casey Berenbrock; great-grandchild, Ashton Beckett; sister-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Amon; nieces, Jan, Peg and Sue; and many friends. The service for Dick was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Rockford with Pastor Laurel TenHave-Chapman officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the U.S. Army with interment in Rest Lawn Memorial Park. The Masonic Memorial Service was held on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the DeVos Children’s Hospital. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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