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David D. Platt, age 82, passed away late Friday, July 17, 2020 at home.  He was born on April 19, 1938 to Charles and Edith (Groner) Platt in Grand Rapids, MI.  In his earlier years, Rockford was home for David, he graduated from Rockford high school in 1956.  He then moved around West Michigan for a while before settling in Grand Haven the last few years.  He was a proud veteran, serving his country in the US Army.  David was a jack of all trades, but was a dedicated employee to Wolverine Worldwide, where he worked for about 27 years.  On May 13, 2000 he married Marla (Rasch) Fritz in Rockford, MI.  Together they cherished 20 years of marriage filled with love and laughter.  David had a passion for RC airplanes and boats and enjoyed sharing his love for them to anyone who would listen.  During his youth, he also enjoyed fishing and roller skating.  He was huge fan of classic country music and taking motorcycle rides.  David later upgraded from his motorcycle rides to taking his grandchildren for rides on his “blue hot-rod” mobility scooter.  He was a unique character with a humorous personality who knew how to make the most out of life.  He was a loving and vivacious soul who will truly be missed.  He will always be remembered for all the smiles and laughter he brought to every gathering.  He is survived by his wife, Marla Platt; two children, Vickie Platt and David (Amy) Platt; mother of his children, Lou Platt; five step-children, Sara (Jeffery) Finan, Caryn (Matt Smith) Rasch, Susan Rasch, Jonathan (Nicole) Rasch and Jessica Kurek; 12 grandchildren, Jeffery, Desirae, Claire, Ari, Briar, Ida Mae, Tuesday, Dylan, Simeon, Josie, Delaney and Morgan; and three great-grandchildren, Natalie, Jasmine and Parker.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Edith Platt; two sisters, Violet Robinson and Jeanne Brantner; and four brothers, Robert “Bob”, Ted, Howard and Alvin “Buck”. Memorial contributions in David’s honor can be made direct to the Wounded Warrior Project.  

Arrangements entrusted to The VanZantwick Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, 620 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417.  Share memories with the family online at www.sytsemafh.com

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Wolverine Worldwide takes next step to address PFAS contamination

Consent Decree formalizes tentative agreement reached in December; public forum to be held at Rockford High School on February 10.

This photo taken in June 2018 shows foam on the Rogue River that contained PFAS. A health advisory was then put out telling people to avoid it and to not swallow it.

Wolverine Worldwide announced this week it has entered into a Consent Decree with the State of Michigan, Plainfield Charter Township, and Algoma Township, which formalizes the tentative agreement previously announced by the parties in December.

This Consent Decree includes several steps Wolverine is taking to ensure long-term water quality and continued environmental remediation in and around its hometown, including providing $69.5 million toward the extension of municipal water to more than 1,000 area properties.

 “We are pleased to reach a Consent Decree and move forward with our efforts on behalf of the community,” said Blake W. Krueger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Wolverine Worldwide. “We have said from the beginning we are committed to being part of comprehensive water quality solutions for our friends, families, and neighbors, and this agreement provides the right framework for that to occur.”

Wolverine’s Comprehensive Action Plan

Wolverine outlined a comprehensive action plan in December, which builds on its efforts already undertaken.  This plan is described fully in the Consent Decree, which is available at www.WeAreWolverine.com, and includes Wolverine providing $69.5 million over a multi-year period towards the extension of Plainfield Township’s municipal water system to more than 1,000 properties in Algoma and Plainfield Townships, including all hookup and connection fees that homeowners typically pay on their own.

In addition to funding an extension of municipal water, Wolverine’s plan includes continued maintenance of the filters it has installed for certain homeowners, and resampling certain residential wells for PFAS. Under the Consent Decree, Wolverine will also continue its environmental remediation efforts, including the cleanup and groundwater filtration system already underway at its former tannery site, a feasibility study at its House Street site, and investigations to further assess the presence of PFAS in groundwater.

Public comment period

Wolverine joined the other parties in proposing a period for the public to comment on the Consent Decree before it is submitted to U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff for approval. Comments can be submitted by e-mail to AG-WolverineCD@michigan.gov, or in person at a public forum to be held by the State from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10, at Rockford High School.

Wolverine’s Next Steps

Over the coming months, Wolverine said they will continue to work on behalf of its friends, families, and neighbors in the community, while collaborating with regulators on next steps. During that work, additional information will be posted on the Company’s blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com.

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In the early morning hours of Monday, July 11, 2016, Mildred Wesche Robertson, age 94, died surrounded by those who loved her and cared for her during her long battle with dementia. She had played her last game of Solitaire and written her last letter to her grandchildren. Mildred prepared her children for life by her example. She loved her family unconditionally and supported them during the challenges in their lives and celebrated all of their accomplishments. Mildred was born to Raymond and Gladys McIntyre on Monday, May 8, 1922, in West Olive, Michigan. She graduated valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School in 1940, and just one year later, married Raymond Wesche. Together, they owned a farm on 18 Mile Road, just east of Algoma Avenue. It was there she raised her family, taught them the value of a good education, and to put in a day’s work for a day’s pay. Those values are now being honored by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every week they were in college, she would handwrite each of them a letter with encouragement and immeasurable love. Mildred worked for Rockford State Bank and for Wolverine Worldwide. She loved her community and was very active in it. When time allowed, she loved to read, crochet, and was an avid crafter and puzzler. Mildred was also an adventurous woman. She traveled often with her second husband, Earl Robertson, and even went whitewater rafting with her family at the young age of 81. Mildred is survived by her children, Ronald (Marcella) Wesche, Joyce (John) Hansen, Kenneth Wesche, and Nancy (Tim) Gerlich; daughter-in-law, Alice Wesche; grandchildren Brian Wesche, Krista (Jason) Noel, Andy (Tonya) Wesche, Aaron (Agnes) Wesche, Amy Marie Lovall, Alissa Wesche, Randy Wesche, Amy Michelle (Greg) Tribe, James Hansen, and Jeff (Sara) Hansen; great grandchildren, Jacob, Shane, Harleigh, Karissa, Alex, Logan, Ava, Kai, Zane, Pierce, Faith, Kimberly, Brittany, and Candice; one great-great granddaughter, Izabellah; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the Wesche family. In addition, she is survived by her special caregiver, Marlene Downes; and her faithful visitors, Michael Barwacz, and Keira and Kayla Painter, who will love and remember their “Pinkie” forever. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Raymond Wesche on January 30, 1967, and Earl Robertson on August 16, 1994; son Milford “Mick” Wesche; brothers and sister, Lawrence (Ardath) McIntyre, Bob (Marie) McIntyre, Don (Doris) McIntyre, Jim (Kletis) McIntyre, Edna (Harvey) Hyde; sister-in-law Ida (Ralph) Hineline; and brother-in-law Gus Wesche. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Mildred will be celebrated by Pastor Steve Lindeman at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home. There will be an additional time of visitation, one hour prior to the service. Mildred will be laid to rest in Solon Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 966, Grand Blanc, MI 48480.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford


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Mr. Lyman J. Gates of Sparta, Michigan, age 87, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Lyman was born to Edgar and Carrie (Johnson) Gates on Tuesday, June 5, 1928, in Muskegon, Michigan, but grew up on 16 Mile Road on a farm that has been in the family since 1915. He attended the one-room Burchville School. Lyman was always a hard worker– he husked corn with his father as a child, worked for Wolverine Worldwide as a teenager, and for thirty-six years had a career at Rapistan until his retirement. At home he was a skilled woodworker, crafting furniture for Joan, made from the Oak trees on their property. Lyman was a great Michigan outdoorsman. He loved to go fishing and would spend hours in the boat on Big Bay de Noc. He also loved hunting in “God’s Country;” the beautiful Upper Peninsula. Lyman is survived by his beloved wife Joan Gates; children, Curtis (Valeri) Gates, Christine (Jay) Schoeppe, and Bryan Gates; grandchildren, Justin (Megan) Gates, Kirk (Lindsi) Gates, Kylah (Ryan) Sullivan, Brooke (James) Wiles, Kelli (Dan) Erb, Elizabeth (Derek) Sall, Cameron Gates; eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Jeanne Cullum; brothers-in-law, Phillip and Tom Odren; numerous nieces, nephew, and other beloved members of the Gates and Odren families. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Gates; daughter-in-law, Kathi Gates; parents, Edger and Carrie Gates; father and mother-in-law, Don and Julie Odren; brother, Ivan Gates; brothers-in-law, Charles, Calvin, and Don Odren. There will be a time of visitation from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Lyman will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Pederson Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the funeral. Lyman will be laid to rest in Solon Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Michigan Chapter, 549 Ottawa Ave NW #307, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home


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Mrs. Leone Marie Davis of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 89, passed away into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born to Frank and Auril (Wells) Middleton on Friday, August 21, 1925 in Grant, Michigan and had been a life-long resident of the West Michigan area. During her childhood, she was raised on several farms in the Grant, Bailey, Casnovia, and Kent City areas. This sustainable lifestyle served as a blessing for a child growing up during the Depression era. As a child she always found herself picking string beans and cucumbers. Leone attended the Free Methodist Church. She loved to attend Sunday school and prepared funeral lunches. In addition to being a homemaker, Leone also worked for Wolverine Worldwide for 21 years and was a cook and prep cook at Kelly’s Restaurant where she was well known for her croutons. Leone loved many things in life, such as square dancing since she was a young girl, and going to the Montcalm County 4-H Fair in Greenville. However, the love she had for her family and the faith she had in her Lord, was truly immeasurable. She was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother and mother-in-law, and the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and all those who knew her. Leone is survived by her loving children Skip (Cindy) Davis and Sharon DeVries; five grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; siblings Barth Middleton, Francis “Butch” (Glenda) Middleton, Opal Waller, Lucille Middleton; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Davis in 1992; son-in-law, Don DeVries; and siblings Vera Armstrong, Agnes Feikema, Cleo Middleton, and Clair Middleton. Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and funeral service for Leone was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Interment will be in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Tri-County Country 4-H Club, 16161 Wickert Avenue, Sand Lake, MI 49343.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home


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