John Bremer Jr., 86, of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
John was a leap year baby born on February 29, 1928. He was born in Holland to John Sr. and Jeanette (Knoll) Bremer. John graduated from Holland High School and served in the U.S. Navy
as a radioman following World War II
. He attended Hope College and graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He was a member of two honor societies, Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Phi. He married JoAnn De Graaf in 1958.
John did post graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh. John's professional expertise led to working on cruise missile design for the defense industry. John, JoAnn and their family subsequently lived in Maryland, St. Louis, Florida and San Diego where John eventually retired from General Dynamics. John and JoAnn returned to West Michigan to retire and lived in Zeeland. They were members of Third Reformed Church of Holland.
John enjoyed being a Ham radio operator. John's call sign was W8DTB and enjoyed his friends in the Ham radio community from around the world until health prevented him from continuing.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, JoAnn; children, J. Dirk Bremer of St. Paul, MO, Brenda and Rich Klein of Festus, MO, Eric and Kim Bremer of Tomball, TX, Annie and Eric Friedrich of Jackson, MO; grandchildren, Katie, Brandon, Erica, Megan, Jordan, Logan, Jacob; great-granddaughters, Aisley and Aubrey; brother, William and Linda Bremer; in-laws, John and Arloa De Graaf, Doris Krapp, Marian Darby, Mike and Lois De Graaf, Evelyn and Wallace Versluis, Fred and Pam De Graaf, Paul and Therse De Graaf; and many nieces and nephews.
The Bremers are forever grateful to Appledorn Assisted Living Center for the loving care bestowed upon John as his health was failing.
A private interment service with military honors will be held for Mr. Bremer's family with Rev. Kent Fry officiating. A visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland. No flowers, please. Make donations in memory of John to Hospice of Holland.www.yntemafh.com