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Adrian VanderVliet

Obituary for Adrian VanderVliet

June 1, 1925 - April 27, 2017
Zeeland, Michigan | Age 91


Adrian VanderVliet, age 91 of Zeeland, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Adrian was born to Gerrit and Martje VanderVliet in Kattendyke, Netherlands on June 1, 1925. He served in the Dutch Navy and was a part of the Dutch Underground Resistance during WWII.

Adrian was employed as the head of engineering at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids and later retired from Botma Plumbing.

Adrian is survived by his wife, Rose Marie VanderVliet; daughter: Sylvia (Jim) Bakker, children-in-law: David Santora, Bill (Bonnie) De Kleine, Beth (Dan) Melville, Keith (Jan) De Kleine and Ken De Kleine; as well as 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Adrian was preceded in death by his first wife, Rose Mary VanderVliet: daughter, Margret Santora; great-grandson, Ayden Postma; brother, Renus VanderVliet; and sister-in-law, Lenie VanderVliet.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Vista Springs.

Visitation is 5:00-8:00 pm, Monday, May 1, at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland, MI 49464. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, May 2, at Drenthe Christian Reformed Church, 6344 Adams St., Zeeland, MI 49464. The Rev. Aaron Greydanus will officiate. Interment will be in Zeeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions are to Zeeland Christian Schools or Hospice of Holland.

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251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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