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Obituary for Gordon E. Huttenga

Born: September 26th, 1936
Passed Away: April 24th, 2016


Saturday April 30th, 2016
10:00am to 12:00pm at Ferry Memorial Reformed Church
Directions to Ferry Memorial Reformed Church

Memorial Service

Saturday April 30th, 2016
12:00pm at Ferry Memorial Reformed Church
Directions to Ferry Memorial Reformed Church


Gordon Edward Huttenga, 79, of Whitehall died April 24, 2016. He was born September 26, 1936 to Edward and Madeline (Ekkens) Huttenga in Big Rapids, Michigan.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sandra, whom he married in 1957 at Samuel Lutheran Church in Muskegon. They have four children; his daughters Beth (Doug) Piernick and Paula (Andy) Stenglein; his sons Ed (Sandra) Huttenga and Lee (Kristi) Huttenga. He also leaves behind his dear sister, Gwen (Huttenga) Paterson. He was a loving grandfather to 13 grandchildren; Sara (Jack) Woller, Jerrod (Amy) Glover, Ryan (Tara) Glover, Michael (Natalie) Piernick, Katelyn Glover, Kris Stenglein, Lynsey Piernick, Chris (Melissa) Huttenga, Clint Huttenga, Heather Huttenga, Ben Stenglein, Jacob Huttenga, Abigail Huttenga, and 11 great grandchildren.

He was educated in Muskegon Public Schools where he played many sports and earned a four-year football scholarship to Michigan State. He received his BA in Education and went on to earn his Masters from Western Michigan University in Administration. .

Gordon was employed by Whitehall Public Schools as an Industrial Arts Teacher and later Principal of the middle school. Gordon was also employed by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District as the Director of Vocational Education. He served as the Assistant Principal for Mona Shores Schools where he supervised Career and Vocational Programs. He was proud to have served as Superintendent/Principal at Duck Creek School and was the Special Projects Administrator at Reeths-Puffer Schools. From 1979 to 1985 he served as Mayor of the city of Whitehall. After retiring from education, Gordon purchased and managed the Wayside Inn located in Montague.

Gordon was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family and friends. He loved watching and cheering on Michigan State sports. He had a passion for reading and would often be found in his big chair with a good book. Gordon was a handyman extraordinaire, who was always there to lend a hand. People enjoyed his sense of humor and quick wit. He attended and served at Ferry Memorial Reformed Church. Gordon was a member of the Lion’s Club, Eagles, and Kiwanis Club.

A Visitation will be held at Ferry Memorial Reformed Church, 8637 Old Channel Trail, Montague on Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm with a funeral service to follow directly after.

Donations are being accepted for St. Jude’s Children’s Hosptial, Alzhiemer’s Association, and Ferry Memorial Reformed Church.