It is with a heavy heart we share the sad news of the passing of the owner of Rockford's Great Harvest Bread in the Highcrest shopping center.

WREX shares the sad news that "after battling an illness Great Harvest Bread owner, Stephen Kaiser, died [this past] Tuesday, July 24th." 

He was only 61.

Stephen and his wife Barbara open the bakery in 1996. Stephen was seen regularly working there until he recently became ill.

Visitation for Stephen is set for this "Friday with a funeral service on Saturday."

He was so young and still had so much more to give.

He certainly left a mark on this community. May his legacy never be forgotten.

We send our sincere condolences to Barb, the Kaiser family and the Great Harvest Bakery family and friends as well.

We wish you nothing but God's grace and peace during this dark and uncertain time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.