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Obituary for Wilford VanDonkelaar

Born: November 25th, 1926
Passed Away: August 27th, 2014


Sunday August 31st, 2014
1:00pm at Lakeside Eagles
Directions to Lakeside Eagles


Bill VanDonkelaar, age 87 passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Harbor Hospice Poppen Residence. Bill was born on November 25, 1926 in Muskegon to the late Wulfert and Lena (DeHoog) VanDonkelaar and has been a resident of Muskegon, Michigan, Eldorado Springs, Colorado and Zephyrhills, Florida. Bill entered service to his country during WWII, serving three years in the United States Navy. Upon returning to Muskegon in May of 1946 he met and married the former E. Alice Madasy on September 21, 1946, she preceded him in death on July 21, 2014 after 67 years of marriage. He tried several lines of work but mainly construction. He enjoyed selling at flea markets including the Allegan Antique Market for several years. Bill is survived by 4 children, Sandra (John) Pfenning, of Muskegon, Michigan, Linda (Dan) Hanes, of Baldwin, Michigan, Steve (Deb) VanDonkelaar, of Golden, Colorado and Fred (Lori) VanDonkelaar, of Fruitport, Michigan; 5 grandchildren, David and Diane Shanahan, William Hanes, Maria Kennedy, Shae Elmer; 8 great grandchildren, Cody, Casey, Kayelyn and Sloan Shanahan, Amber Hanes, Tyler and Devin Kennedy and another one on the way. Along with his parents Bill was preceded in death by 2 sons, David Allen at birth in 1959, Dale Wayne in 1976, a grandson Danny Lee Hanes in 1986; two brothers, Gerrit in 2006, John 2002 and a sister Arnola Chapman in 2009; a nephew Tony VanDonkelaar in 2004. Bill’s family and friends are invited to share their memories of him at Lakeside Eagles, 2355 W. Sherman Blvd. on Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. with Military Honors provide by the Muskegon County VFW County Council starting the gathering at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.