Ronald D. Hartsema
1932 - 2021
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Ronald D. Hartsema passed away peacefully on June 8, 2021, in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Born July 29, 1932, in Muskegon, Michigan, he lived there until 1980 when he and his wife Mary Lynne (Wilkinson) moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Ron was a husband to Mary Lynne for 66 years, father of three, avid golfer, radio and audio enthusiast, and perhaps most notably "the voice of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain."

He was a graduate of the Muskegon High School Class of 1950, and spent much of his retirement preparing audio CD mementos for the MHS Class of 1950 Reunion attendees, including his final work on the 70th Class Reunion in the summer of 2020.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and spent his 50-year business career as a manufacturers' representative in the electronics industry. Outside of family, work and his golf game, Ron was devoted to the Grand Haven Musical Fountain. He was part of the original Musical Fountain Committee in 1962. From 1962 to 2006 he created, produced and recorded over 200 original fountain programs. His signature "Good evening and welcome, I am the Grand Haven Musical Fountain" is well-remembered by many throughout Western Michigan.

He was an accomplished golfer and a former member of White Lake Golf Club, then Muskegon Country Club, and finally North Ridge Country Club. He had hundreds of stories about his golf game, golf partners, six holes-in-one, and the vast number of courses he played. All but a few of those stories are actually true.

He is survived by his sister, Marlene (Richard) Anderson of Muskegon; son, Doug (Jennifer) Hartsema of Mooresville, N.C.; daughter, Nancy (Larry) Gittleman of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; granddaughter, Sarah Taylor Hartsema; and grandsons, Sam and Spencer Shores.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lynne, who died unexpectedly on August 27, 2020; and his son, Scott.

A joint memorial service is being planned for Ron and Mary Lynne this summer in Muskegon.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, N.C., is serving the Hartsema family. Condolences may be made to the family at

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Published in Grand Haven Tribune on Jun. 11, 2021.
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June 17, 2021
Dear Nancy,
We were so sorry to learn about you dad’s passing. Our sincere condolences are with you and your family.
Sandy and Merlin Armstrong
June 13, 2021
Extremely sorry to hear of Mr. Hartsema’s passing.
Great memories of this great neighbor taking time to throw pop ups in the Neighborhood to any kid who wanted to catch them, taking me to Tiger games with Doogle, and teaching me how to hit a curve ball in Pony league.
A true gentleman. RIP kind sir.
Kirk Antekeier
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