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Erwin L. ``Whitey'' Vermeulen, 81, of Sebastian, FL, Formerly of Gull Lake & Brethren died April 18, 2002 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. He was born July 13, 1920, the son of Henry and Winnifred Vermeulen, in Kalamazoo, MI, and moved to Sebastian in 1997 from Brethren, MI. Erwin graduated from Galesburg High School, and was a WW II Navy veteran, having served in the Pacific Theatre. He was employed by KVP Paper Co. in Parchment, retiring after 26 years, and moving to Brethren. He and his wife, Betty, became owners of Sports-man's Lodge. He was one of the first Lake Michigan charter captains, and worked in that capacity for 18 years. After selling the Lodge, they developed Brethren Real Estate.  Following retirement from fishing, Erwin joined Betty in the real estate office until 1997.  Erwin loved the outdoors and had a great respect for nature and wildlife, spending many quiet hours gardening and fishing. He was past president of the Sebastian Fishing Club. Whitey was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley; daughter, Nancy; grandson, Keith Carley; niece, Paula (Banghart) Howk; grand-nephew, Tony Girardi; and sisters, Betty Lenting and Agnes McBarnes. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Betty; two sons, Mark (Karol) Vermeulen of Kissimmee, FL, and Steve Polasky of Grand Haven; four daughters, Janice (Gary) Cramer of Kalamazoo, Deanna (Ken) Fenbert of Metamora, Carol (Herb) Doster of Colon, and Dawn (Malcolm) Taylor of Kalamazoo; two sisters, Jean Weimaster of Kalamazoo, and Arlene (Erskane) Banghart of Galesburg; fifteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and special friends, Mark and Laura Mather and their children, of Traverse City. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 504 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, with Pastor Ken Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VNA Hospice House. Share a memory on-line at www.girardiweb.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 25, 2002

Mrs. Mary E. DeForest - age 73 Riverforest Nursing Home,  Formerly of Schoolcraft, passed away Sat. morning.  Mrs. DeForest was born in Vandalia, Mich.  Sept. 7, 1903, the daughter of Arthur and Maude Shattuck and had lived in the Schoolcraft area most of her life.  On March 30, 1923 she was married to Maynard DeForest who proceeded her in death in 1951.  She was past Matron of Schoolcraft Lodge No. 280 OES, was the Past  President of Kalamazoo County Eastern Star and a life member of the Schoolcraft Lodge No. 280 OES, a member of the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church.  She had taught school in Cass County, Lansing and Schoolcraft and had been a member of the Board of Education in Schoolcraft.  Mrs. DeForest is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Gordon (Margaret) Chapman of Three Rivers;  one son, William DeForest of Galien;  5 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter;  2 brothers and 2 sisters,  several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Truesdale Robertson Chapel, Schoolcraft after 7 p.m. this evening where the family will meet with friends between 7-9 and from 2-4 and 7-9 on Sunday.  Eastern Star services will be held Monday, 2 p.m. with Rev. Dale Benton officia-ting.  Interment in Schoolcraft Cemetery.  The family requests that those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Schoolcraft Public Schools which may be left at the funeral home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 5 Mar 1977

Helen F. Wilkinson - Of Kalamazoo, Passed away on April 29, 2002 at her home. She was born on February 10, 1939 in Kalamazoo, MI, the daughter of Harry and Fannie Bell (Willett) Anderson. Her husband, Wayne Wilkinson, and infant daughter, Flavious Marie Salter, preceded her in death. She is survived by her three children, Ivenho Wilkinson and Clifford Salter, both of Kalamazoo, and Marie (Rich) Laham of Portage; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; her brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews. At her request, cremation has already taken place. There will be no visitation. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Hamilton Cemetery, Decatur, MI, Reverend Richard Liggett, from Lord's Hand Outreach Ministry, officiating. Interment will be at Hamilton Cemetery, Decatur, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family to purchase a grave marker. Arrangements by: Redmond Funeral Home 4100 S. Westnedge source:  Kalamazoo Gazette May 1, 2002

Mr. Jozies “Joe” DeGoede - 1999 River St. and Crooked Lake, Delton, passed away Saturday evening at University Hospital, Ann Arbor.  Was born August 8, 1912 in Decatur, son of John DeGoede, Sr. and Adriana DeCrocker.  He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and was a retired painting contractor.   On June 25, 1936 he was married to Hilda Schraeder in Hopkins, Michigan.  Surviving are:  his wife, Hilda; one son, Joe A., Kalamazoo;  daughter, Mrs. Leslie (Jean) Green, Crooked Lake, Delton;  five grandchildren;  three brothers, John Hr. and Leonard of Kalamazoo, Peter of Long Beach, Calif.;  two sisters, Mrs. Ernest (Jean) Huesel, Crooked Lake, Delton;  Mrs. Clayton (Jean) Heystek of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home.  Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock, Pastor Allen D. Hellwege officiating. Interment, Cedar Creek Cemetery, Barry County.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 8 May 1972

Mrs. Elizabeth A. DeGraff - Age 55, former Kalamazoo resident, died Sunday evening at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, after an illness of 4 months.  Surviving are one brother;  Andrew Veres of Kalamazoo;  3 sisters, Mrs. Fred (Edith) Beede of Karlin, Mich.,  Mrs. Julie Fine of San Gabriel, Calif. and Mrs. Mary Esther Munson of Kalamazoo,  an aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Vargo of Kalamazoo;  and other relatives.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard DeGraff in May of 1972.  Funeral services will be held Wed-nesday morning at 10 o’clock at the Hibbard Funeral Chapel, Traverse City.  Burial to follow in the family lot, Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 12 Sep. 1972

Richard E. DeGraff, Jr. - Formerly of Kalamazoo, passed away May 12, 1972 in Traverse City, Mich.   Survived by:  wife, Elizabeth;  father, Richard DeGraff Sr. of Karlin, Mich.  He was an accountant with Osceola Refineries and also the Traverse City State Hospital. Services were held May 15th at the Martinson Funeral Home, Traverse City.  Interment was made in Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sun 14 May 1972

Mr. Evert DeGraaf - 2923 Amherst, passed away Saturday morning Dec. 11, 1976.  Mr. DeGraaf was born May 13, 1912, Nijkerk, Netherlands the son of Cornelis and Steventje DeGraaf and have been a resident of Kalamazoo for the past 31 years.    He was employed for the United States Government in the General Services Administration - Federal Building until his retirement.  He had served with the Army in WW II, was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church and the D.A.V.  Surviving is his wife Gertrude, 5 daughters and 2 sons,  David L. of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Steven (Joanne) Hentzelman, Lake City, Florida,  Mrs. Mark (Ruth E.) Knoper, Holland, Miss Lois J.,  Miss Eunice L., Miss Elizabeth J. and Timothy E. all of Kalamazoo,  6 brothers and 1 sister,  Everett, John, Holland, Jacob of Glendora, Calif.,  William of Zeeland,  Cornelius, Grand Rapids,  Silas and Bert both of Holland and Mrs. Harold (Gertrude) Swecker of Saugatuck, Mich., several nieces and nephews.  Memorial service will be held Monday afternoon at 1 p.m., from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick with Rev. Mr. Henry J. Boekhoven officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 11 Dec 1976

Mrs. Sadie DeGroot - 437 Norway,  passed away Thursday afternoon, Mrs. DeGroot was born Oct. 20, 1888, in Bedum, Gronigen, Netherlands, the daughter of Harm and Martha Ritsema Engels.  She was a member of the Second Christian Reformed Church.  On Sept. 1, 1910, she was married to William DeGroot, who passed away in August of 1951.  Mrs. DeGroot is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Harry (Martha) Mannis;  2 sons, Herman and William, all of Kalamazoo;  8 grandchildren;  8 great-grandchildren.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 today, where services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. B. Van Zomeran officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the North Christian School.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 7 July 1972

Mrs. Florence Ida DeHaan - 824 W. Main St., passed away March 15, 1972, at Bronson Hospital.  Mrs. DeHaan was born Oct 19, 1877, in Cooper Twp.., daughter of John and Mary Knerr Baldwin and was a lifetime resident here.  Member Business & Professional Women’s club,  president of old Three Quarter Century Club and 60 Plus Club.  Her husband, Steven, preceded her in death in 1950.  Surviving are 3 step-children,  Mrs. Cecil (Alice) Hill,  Henry DeHaan,  both of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Frank H. (Anne) Wilson, San Benito, Texas;  niece, Mrs. Marian Wescott of Florida;  several grand nieces and nephews.  Mrs. DeHaan will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home.  Service time to be announced.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 16 Mar 1972

Mr. Floyd R. DeHaven - 20 Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Chelsea, Mich.  age 51, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1976 at Chelsea Community Hospital.  Mr DeHaven was born January 5, 1925, in Kalamazoo.  He was married to Patricia A. Johnson, Sept. 27, 1945.  For 6 years, he was employed by the NYC R.R. and the past 23 years worked for the Chelsea Chrysler Proving Grounds.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre of War.  He was a member of Herbert McKune American Legion Post No. 31,  VFW Post No. 4076 and National Riflemen’s Assoc.  Surviving are his wife, Patricia;  2 sisters, Mrs. Andrew (Beulah) Pape and Mrs. Raymond (Marion) Commins;  2 nieces, Mary Chmiel and Patricia Fair;  3 nephews, Phillip A. Pape,  Ronald E. Commins and Gerald R. Commins, all of Kalamazoo.  Funeral services to be held Saturday 11 a.m. from the Staffan Funeral Home, Chelsea, Mich., the Rev. LeRoy Johnson officiating. Burial in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery, Kalamazoo.  Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Trust Fund, Chelsea Post No. 4076.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 9 Sep 1976

Mr. John S. DeHaan - 2423 W. Main and San Benito, Texas, passed away Saturday evening Feb. 12, 1972.   Mr. DeHaan was born January 13, 1899, in Kalamazoo, the son of Steven and Engeltje DeHaan and had made his home in San Benito, Texas for the past 17 years, prior to that living in Kalamazoo.  He served in the U.S. Army in World War I.  While in Kalamazoo, he was a member of the Presbyterian Church.   Mr. DeHaan received his 50 year membership pin from the YMCA.  He was also a member of Anchor Lodge No. 87 F & AM and Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. No. 50.   He owned the John S. DeHaan Real Estate Office in Kalamazoo, and while in Texas was a rancher and citrus farmer until his retirement.  Mr. DeHaan is survived by his wife, Winifred M.;  2 daughters, Mrs. Garth (Rosemary) Prindle of Lawton and Mrs. Stanley (Helen) Leach of Kalamazoo;  5 grandchildren;  2 sisters and one brother, Mrs. Alice Hill of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Anna Wilson of San Benito, Texas and Henry DeHaan of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Friday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Graveside services will be in charge of Anchor Lodge No. 87 F & AM in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel after 1 p.m. Thursday. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 15 Feb 1972

Mr. Webb DeHaan - 1701 South 11th St., Formerly 1128 Frances Ct., passed away Friday afternoon March 19, 1976.  Mr. DeHaan was born March 29, 1886 in the Netherlands, son of Jacob and Effie DeHaan and was a resident of Kalamazoo since 1910.   Before his retirement he was employed by the Kalamazoo Paper Company for 30 years.  He was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church.  His wife, Gertie passed away in 1959.  Surviving are one son and one daughter, Jake DeHaan and Mrs. Harm (Effie) VanderVeen both of Kalamazoo;  3 grandchildren;  5 great-grandchildren;  2 brothers and one sister,  Hilbrand DeHaan of Kalamazoo, Kornelius DeHaan and Mrs. Grace Kuilema both of the Netherlands;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial will be held Monday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Dr. Renze O. DeGroot officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel beginning 4 p.m. today.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 20 Mar 1976

Mrs. Gertie DeHamer - 305 N. Prairie St., passed away Wednesday morning July 21, 1971.  Mrs. DeHamer was born July 18, 1879, in the Netherlands and had been a resident here since 1922.  She was a member of the Third Christian Reformed Church.  She and her husband, John, formerly operated a grocery store at the corner of W. Main & Prairie for many years.  Mr. DeHamer passed away in 1944.  Surviving are one son, Janus DeHamer of Columbia, S.C.;  one daughter, Mrs. Rufus (Jeanette) Baas of Kalamazoo;  8 grandchildren;  11 great-grandchildren;  2 sisters, Mrs. Cora Allingham of Denver, Colo. and Mrs. Mayme Brandenburg of Commerce City, Colo.;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick Rev. Nelson V. Veltman officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Third Christian Reformed Church.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 21 July 1971

Mr. Cornelius DeHollander - 1411 Nassau, passed away Monday, March 22, 1976.   Mr. DeHollander was born Feb. 7, 1900, in the Netherlands, son of Jacob and Elizabeth DeHollander and had been a resident of the Richland and Kalamazoo areas since the age of 3. He had formerly been employed by the Clarage Fan Co. for 40 years.  He attended the Bethel Reformed Church and was a member of the Moose Lodge.  His first wife, Effie, passed away in 1956.  He was later married to Ida Wilkinson, who survives.  Also surviving are 2 sons and 3 daughters,  Mrs. Martin (Pauline) Haas,  Richard, Mrs. Lawrence (Constance) Noggle,  Mrs. Wilfred (Barbara) DeYoung, all of Kalamazoo,  Donald of Spring Lake;  17 grandchildren;  13 great-grandchildren;  one sister and 3 brothers, Mrs. Catherine Shorter of Kalamazoo,  William of Richland,  John of Vicksburg,  Jacob of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Harold Cupery officiating.  Interment in Prairie Home Cemetery,  Richland.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Reformed Church. Friends may meet the family at the chapel Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 o’clock.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 23 Mar 1976

Henry M. DeHeus - 60 S. 8th St., Kalamazoo, passed away Friday evening at Bronson Hospital after a brief illness.  He was born October 22, 1901 in the Netherlands the son of Jacobus and Anne Marie Kraay DeHeus.  Mr. DeHeus was engaged in farming with his brother, James, who passed away in March of 1974.  He is survived by two brothers, Bernard of Kalamazoo, and John of Dearborn.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma and Klein Funeral Home where private funeral services will be held Monday afternoon with interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat  Nov 1, 1975

Mr. Garrett E. DeHaan - 301 West Allen St., passed away Sunday evening, April 18, 1976.  Mr. DeHaan was born Sept. 8, 1906, in Kalamazoo, son of Egbert and Johanna DeHaan and was a lifelong resident here.  He was a member of the Third Reformed Church.  Before his retirement, was a Highway Superintendent for Kalamazoo Township.  His wife, Frances, passed away in September of 1975.  Surviving are 4 sons and 2 daughters, Egbert of Paw Paw,  Herbert, Mrs. Albert (Johanna) Madison, both of Kalamazoo,  James of Three Rivers,  Mrs. Kenneth (Donna) Bryant and Norman, both of Kalamazoo;  20 grandchildren;  3 great-grandchildren;  3 brothers and 4 sisters, Emmo, Steven, Egbert III, Mrs. Nellie Hilton, the Misses Louise, Emma and Anna DeHaan, all of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622  S. Burdick, Rev. Norman Van Heukelom  officiating.  Interment in Grand Prairie Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Michigan Heart Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Monday 19 Apr 1976

Mr. Terry DeHaan - 513 Bryant, passed away Tuesday afternoon, December 2, 1975.  Mr. DeHaan was born June 26, 1954 in Kalamazoo, son of Herbert and Alice DeHaan and had been a lifelong resident here.  He was graduated from Portage Northern Coop School.  Surviving are:  his father, Herbert DeHaan;  two brothers and two sisters,  Herbert Jr.,  Phillip K.,  Miss Ethel Marie and Miss Ruth Alice;  grandfathers, Garrett DeHaan and George Phillips, all of Kalamazoo;  several aunts, uncles and one nephew.  Memorial services will be held Saturday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Interment, Grand Prairie Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed Dec 3, 1975

Mrs. Elizabeth M. DeHaan - 600 Golden Dr., Formerly of 1117 Cobb Ave., passed away Sunday, May 29, 1977.  Mrs. DeHaan was born August 27, 1890, in the Netherlands, daughter of Loedewyk and Grace VanderBy and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for the past 65 years.  She was a member of the Third Reformed Church, member and past president of the Dorcas Society and had taught Sunday School for many years.  Prior to her retirement in 1971, she was employed for 21 years as a seamstress for Mahoneys. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harm, in 1950.  Surviving are 4 sons, Garrett H. of Kalamazoo,  Lawrence of Grand Rapids,  John of Portage and Bert of Bluefield, W. Va.;  11 grandchildren;  7 great grand-children;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, with Rev. Mr. Norman Van Heukelom officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may meet the family at the chapel this evening from 7 to 9.  Memorials may be made to the Third Reformed Church Memorial Fund or the Pine Rest Christian Hospital Children’s Retreat.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 31 May 1977

Albert E. DeGroat, M.D. - County’s Former Pathologist Dies  Services for Dr. Al bert E. DeGroat, 79, formerly a Kalamazoo County pathologist, will be Monday at 11 am.m at the Bell Chapel of the William R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham.  DeGroat who died Saturday in Westland, Mich., lived in Kalamazoo from 1946-55.   Most recently  he was director of pathology and laboratories at the Herman Kiefer Hospital in Detroit.  He lived in Beverly Hills.  He is survived by a daughter and son and four grandchildren.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sun 7 Nov 1976

Mrs. Tina DeHaan - 2204 Luella St., passed away Tuesday morning, Nov. 2, 1976.  Mrs. DeHaan was born April 21, 1893, in the Netherlands, daughter of Peter and Berendiena Kuilema and had been a resident here since 1913.  Member of Fourth Reformed church.  Surviving are her husband, Hildebrand;  one daughter and 4 sons, Mrs. Berendiena DeMoor,  Peter, Jacob, William and Nicholas, all of Kalamazoo;  6 grandchildren;  3 brothers and 2 sisters,  William Kuilema and Mrs. Kay DeHaan, both of Kalamazoo,  Klaas and Bert Kuilema and Mrs. Betje Smith, all of the Netherlands;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick with the Rev. Mr. Louis Branning officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Fourth Reformed Church.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 3 Nov 1976