CLARENCE MILTON "DUTCH" TILSTRA Jr.

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  • - Dennis Muir
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    - Debra Flanders
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    - Dan DeRousie
  • "Please accept our deepest sympathies."
    - Bill Nerpel
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CLARENCE MILTON "DUTCH TILSTRA JR. Clarence Milton "Dutch Tilstra Jr. made his peaceful passage on to his next fishing adventure Tuesday April 18, 2017 at his home in Benton City, WA. He was surrounded by friends, family and his favorite pets. Dutch was born on April 15, 1925 in Grand Rapids, MI to Clarence M. Tilstra Sr. and Nellie Ogden Tilstra. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother, Eugene J. Tilstra, Benton City, WA and a sister, Joy Tilstra Atkins, West Virginia. Dutch and his family eventually settled in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia outside of St. Albans when he was a boy. Dad enlisted in the Navy before graduation from high school and trained as a radioman on fighter planes. He met his first wife, Mary V. Pederson in 1945 at the USO in Monterey, CA. Together they had four children who have survived him: Mary Diane Tilstra (Kerry McKenna), Christine Anne Tilstra Flodin (Mark A. Flodin), Mark Stephen Tilstra (Kathy Tilstra) and Joy Lynne Tilstra. After a divorce in 1966, Dutch Tilstra married Leona "Randy" Nelson (?). He was preceded in death by Randy Tilstra. Dutch spent the majority of his work life as a pipe fitter and welder and was a member of Steamfitters and Pipefitters Union local #598 in the Pasco,(?) WA. He worked on many projects throughout his life from a dam project for Tennessee Valley Authority to Hanford Nuclear Works as a welding foreman. Dutch moved his family to Benton City, WA in 1955 to farm with his father and mother. He divided his time between the farm and Hanford working long hours each day. Fishing and hunting was his passion. Dutch's life was very full and each day held an adventure for him for 92 years. Until his last days, Dutch remained fiercely independent and even though he struggled with COPD and Asbestosis, he never once wavered from a plan to visit Alaska to fish for halibut and salmon. A memorial service is in the planning on a date to be determined. Gifts in his memory can be directed to an organization of your choice that benefits research for pulmonary diseases or care for animals.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Apr. 27, 2017