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Warren VanZandt Obituary
Warren E. Van Zandt

Battle Creek

It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Warren Eugene Van Zandt, age 92 of Battle Creek, MI,  announces the passing of our dear father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend at Bronson at Home Residence on Wednesday evening, July 27, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Warren was born September 8, 1923 in Jonesville, MI the son of Mitchell L. Van Zandt and Minnie (Chupp) Van Zandt.

From 1936-42 Warren had worked two jobs: working at flying schools and also for Win & Al Schuler at the ALWYN Downs Golf Course both in Marshall, MI. He then went into military service. He worked as a construction Electrician for the IBEW Local 445 from 1942 until retiring in 1989.

He married the former Doris Porlier on December 23, 1943 in Marshall, Michigan; she preceded him in death on February 2, 2004.

He is survived by three daughters:  Donna and Fred Jurs of Florida, Jill and Mike Forshey and Sue and Fred Bachman both of Battle Creek, MI; six grandchildren: Jennifer and David Grace of MI, Sarah and John Boven of MI, Marcie Bowman of CA, Matthew Corrigan of Florida, Craig Bowman of CA, and Kari and Craig Grestini of CO; Six great-grandchildren: Jordan, Shelby and Casey Grace, Lucas Boven and Sadie Boven, and Caden Grestini; two half-brothers: Davis and Fred Van Zandt; and a half-sister: Mitchie Nordstrum, all of Alabama.

He wrote a book about World War II and had it self-published called "The Other Side of Laughter". The book had over 900 pages of notes which took him 54 years to compile and edit. He enjoyed working on his computer and downloading 1940's and 1950's music for his wife to play on their television; enjoyed playing his organ, compiling scrapbooks with old time family photos, obituaries, military photos and he even had a separate wedding scrapbook of the extended family. He was a member of Riverside Country Club and at the Bedford Valley Golf Club. He had also been a Golf Pro for several years. He was an Amateur ham radio operator for many years talking to folks around the globe. When he was younger, he especially enjoyed time with his family at their summer cottage on Long Lake in Coldwater, MI.

Warren served in the U S Army, (later known as the Army Air Corps) as a Corporal with Troop B 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, serving in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He received EAME Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal WWII, and the Purple Heart. He was injured Dec. 5, 1944 in France and was hospitalized. After he was discharged from hospital he transferred to the US Air Force.

He was a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and IBEW Local 445. He was a Life member of the 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron Assn., member of the Amateur Radio Relay League (AARL), American Legion Post 298, Sgt. D L. Fisher DAV Chapter # 121, VFW Post 565, Past President of Battle Creek District Golf Assn., and Past President of Numismatic Club of Kalamazoo. He was very active in Boy Scouting as a Scoutmaster for 3 years with Troop 5 sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church and a Scout committeeman for 6 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife: Doris Van Zandt on February. 2, 2004; his son: Ray Van Zandt on February 21, 2008; and his siblings.   

Visitation will be held at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service Monday, August 1, 2016 with the family present from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. The funeral services will be held at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Father Christopher Ankley of St. Joseph Catholic Church officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Kalamazoo County, MI. Memorial tributes may be made to: Bronson at Home Hospice, Calhoun County Animal Shelter or American Legion Post 298.  Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145  Please leave a message or remembrance on Warren's web-page at www.bachmanhebble.com 
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on July 31, 2016
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