Wednesday, April 15, 2009

In Memory Of Grandpa Blaauw

Henry Blaauw

BLAAUW - Henry Blaauw, aged 86, of Shelbyville, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Henry was raised in the Rockford/Sparta area. In 1945 he and his father became the proud owners of a beautiful Hopkins Twp. farm. On December 27 that same year he married his childhood friend and sweetheart, Marie. With the help of Marie, their farm grew and prospered. After milking dairy cattle for 50 plus years, Henry finally had time for his second love - woodworking. With wood he harvested from his own farm property, he crafted many cherished pieces of furniture for his children and grandchildren. Henry proudly served on the Hopkins Twp. Planning Commission for 43 years enlightening others of the importance in preserving valuable farmland. He served on the Federal Land Bank Board and was an active member of the Farm Bureau. He was also a member of United Church of Wayland and served on many of its boards/committees throughout the years. He is survived by children, Mary (Richard) Reurink of Middleville, Janet (Michael) Bremer of Grand Rapids, Carol (Dennis) Dornbush of Spring Lake, Kenneth (Karen) Blaauw of Hopkins Twp., Richard (Terry) Blaauw of Zeeland and Nancy Blaauw of Elsie; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; brother, John (Alyce) Blaauw; sister-in-law, Chris (Ed) Kooiman and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie of 61 years, parents, Tjeerd and Jacoba Blaauw, brother, Andrew Blaauw, sister-in-law, Marge Blaauw, sister-in-law, JoAnn and brother-in-law, Bill Berenbrock. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday April, 17, 2009 at United Church of Wayland with Pastor Nancy Zerban officiating. Interment in Maplewood Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Allegan County Medical Care Facility or charity of choice. The family will greet relatives and friends Thursday at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by: Archer, Hampel & Kubiak Wayland Chapel 269-792-2237

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