Clyde Dewey Battjes, age 91, of Saugatuck, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, December 25, 2014. Clyde has now been reunited with his wife of 63 years, Dorothy, who he has missed so much since her death in 2006. He was also welcomed into his heavenly home by a host of family and friends.
Clyde was born in Grand Rapids in 1923 where he lived until he joined the service. Clyde fought for his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a proud, patriotic American. He and Dorothy raised their family in Wyoming and then built a home in Saugatuck where he has lived since 1975. Clyde owned and operated Grand Rapids Gravel Company with his brother Don until his retirement in 1986. As a young man, he learned the business under the guidance of his grandfather and his father and was a well-respected member of the business community. Clyde was also a life-long boater, a licensed captain and an extremely accomplished navigator. He often took family and friends on boat trips around the Great Lakes, as well as trips from Michigan to their winter home in Florida. He taught his family to love the water, especially his beloved Lake Michigan. Clyde and his wife were active members of the Community Church of Douglas for many years.
Clyde was deeply committed to his family and will be lovingly remembered by his children, Sandy (Jack) Getting, Sherry (David) Howlett, Linda (Doug) DeWindt, Debra (Scott) Siler, and Tom (Suzy) Battjes; his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Stories of his remarkable life will be shared with his great, great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Hattie Battjes, his brother Donald Battjes and his sister Joyce VandenBerg. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to his devoted caregivers from Homebodies and at Lake Side Vista in Holland.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 29th, 12:00 noon at Community Church of Douglas; 6874 Wiley Rd, Douglas, MI. (for GPS only: 6874 Wiley Rd, Fennville, MI 49408). Friends are invited to visit with the family at the church from 10:30 am until the time of the service. For those who wish, memorial contributions or donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Community Church of Douglas.
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