Donald Gene Northuis, 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 25, 2019. He was born in Holland, Michigan, to Almer and Betty (DeFouw) Northuis on March 11, 1932; and married Eunice Schipper of Zeeland, Michigan, on June 24, 1953. Don attended Holland High School, Hope College and Western Michigan University. After graduation, he taught in Muskegon Public Schools and coached in Grand Haven Area Public Schools.
As a member of the Second Reformed Church of Grand Haven, he served as the director of music for 30 years and also as an elder. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed family activities, woodworking, gardening, traveling, camping, fishing, and attending Grand Haven and Hope College events.
Don is survived by Eunice, his wife of 66 years; six children: Susan (Clarence deceased) Liang, Ann (Steve) Knoll, Richard (Tresa) Northuis, Mark (Pam) Northuis, Jane (David) Wright and Michael Northuis; 22 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Paul Northuis. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Kenneth and Rodger Northuis.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Donald and Eunice Northuis Hope College Student Scholarship, Second Reformed Church of Grand Haven, or Hospice of North Ottawa Community.
The funeral service for Don will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Second Reformed Church in Grand Haven with the Rev. Dan Eisnor officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Charles A. Conklin American Legion Post 28 Honor Guard. Friends may meet the family from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at The VanZantwick Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, and one hour prior at church. Interment will be in Lake Forest Cemetery.
Share memories with the family at their online guest book at www.sytsemafh.com. Services are entrusted to The VanZantwick Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, 620 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417.
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