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 Harold S Balkema

Harold S Balkema

Michigan, USA
Death 10 Oct 2013 (aged 87)
Michigan, USA
Burial Spring Lake, Ottawa County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 118602027 · View Source
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son of Henry Balkema & Ida Rose

m1: Dolores Epplett
m2: Phyllis Anderson Morse

child of Dolores & Harold:
Linda Jo Balkema (1947-)

child of Phyllis & Harold:
Stanley Balkema (1955-)

Harold S. Balkema, age 87, passed away October 10, 2013. Born November 19, 1925 to Henry & Ida (Rose) Balkema in Muskegon, MI.

Harold is survived by his daughters, Linda Jo Balkema (Ann Hickey), Paula Rae Morse-Bourdon (Thomas), and sons, Ronald W. Morse (Joan), and Stanley Robert Balkema. Eight grandchildren, Daniel (Val) Morse, James Morse (Melanie), Philip Morse (Melissa), Nicole Bourdon, Ami-Bourdon-Willea (Craig), Thomas Bourdon II (Jori), Brenda Balkema, Brent Balkema (Kathryn), 14 great-grandchildren. One brother, Marshall (Sandy), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Anderson-Morse-Balkema in 2002, and wife, Dolores Epplett-Balkema in 1952; his parents; and two sisters, Marian DeYoung and Bertha Seaver.

Harold graduated from Muskegon High School, and Muskegon School of Business. He served his country in Company 1 of the 394th Infantry, Regiment of the 99th Infantry, Division of the 1st Army in the "Battle of the Bulge/Ardennes Offensive". He received a Purple Heart with 2 Bronze Stars, Victory Medal WWII, and Occupation Medal/Germany. Returning from the war, he became a successful businessman. He was owner of Town and Country dba Great Lakes Insurance Agency, Turbo Components, Inc., E & B Auto Sales-Mona Shores Toyota, and many real estate ventures too many to name. His success was due to hard work and perseverance. He enjoyed living on the water in Spring Lake, and his condo in Naples, Florida. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends, clients, and his special friend "Jinny". He enjoyed working, and considered it his "hobby". Always, "at the office", as he would always say, "meeting new people" all the time and giving them his advice. He enjoyed boating and cruising around the lake. Harold was a longtime member of Spring Lake Country Club, and Cam Club.

SERVICES will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:00AM at The Lee Chapel, Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc. 6291 S. Harvey St. 231-726-5210 with Rev. Fr. William Langlois officiating. Family visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Full military honors will be presented. Family asks in lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: Mission for Area People (MAPS), Covenant Community Church, Gideons International, or Charity of Choice.

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  • Added: 12 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 118602027
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harold S Balkema (19 Nov 1925–10 Oct 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118602027, citing Spring Lake Cemetery, Spring Lake, Ottawa County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .