Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 



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Paul Lee VanHaitsma 
Cemetery: Maple Hill in Cadillac, MI

Paul Lee VanHaitsma, aged 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Paul was born in Byron Township in the house where he lived all of his life. He was a man of many talents and led a full life. He became the man of the house at age 5, when his father died, and worked at many different jobs in his youth. Paul always wanted to know how things worked and built one of the first television sets in the township, and became a pilot as a teen-ager. His father had served in the army during World War I and Paul joined the army during the Korean War. He served for 2 years, flying helicopters for the U.S. Army in Alaska. He loved the outdoors and was an active sportsman and camper. Paul worked for over 30 years for Michigan Bell and AT&T, retiring as an engineer. He owned his own airplane and sometimes flew as a commercial pilot. He loved wood-working and musket-loading, and building things. Paul enjoyed a long retirement and spent many years with his special friend and companion, Linda West. Family members who preceded him in death were his parents, Martin and Myrtle Edna VanHaitsma of Byron Township; his sisters, W. Jean Troost and Martina Mae VanHaitsma; and his nephew, Michael J. Troost. He is survived by his nephews, Paul M. Troost and James R. Troost and their families. There will be a committal service on December 15 at Cadillac Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac, Michigan

1095 68TH ST SE


# Jami Tack 2020-12-07 21:47
Our dear Paul we will miss him dearly. As a young girl he and my grandma would always take us to Hilliards on New Years Eve for their yearly party and he always let me stand on his feet to dance. He spent countless hours with my brother shooting in the back yard, taught me when the right time was to pick a tomato and how to properly use sand paper to make musical spoons. He always had the time, was never in a hurry, and loved us even though he he had no biological connection to us. He was generous with my grandmother over the years and we are forever grateful to him. I am so glad that I was able to see him in August and have a nice outside visit. We will miss you Paul.

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