Joseph C. Hoitenga

Joseph Carl Hoitenga, age 87, of Grand Haven, passed away at his home on October 3, 2018. He was born in Lake City on March 3, 1931, to Carl and Mary (Volf) Hoitenga. He worked as a mechanical engineer for Pettibone Corporation in Chicago and Barnes & Reinecke also in Chicago. He enjoyed nature, traveling, astronomy, ancient history, and wood working. He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1949 to 1952. He retired in 1995 and moved to Williamsport, Indiana. He has lived with his son Don since January of 2018.
He is survived by his children, David (Michelle) Hoitenga of Kansas City, Missouri, Martha (Mike) Delgado of Fort Worth Texas, Donald (Laura) Hoitenga of Grand Haven, Mary (Alex) LaBoy of Fort Worth, Texas, Bobby Barragan of Hammond, Indiana and Evelyn Meredith of Rossville, Indiana. He has 20 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. His surviving siblings are Donald (Diane) Hoitenga of Lake City, Wilfred (Cheryl) Hoitenga of LeRoy, in-laws, James Cooper of Reed City, Daniel Williams of Marion, and his former wife, Beverly Bravo of Fort Worth, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Jeanne Hoitenga in 2016, his children and in-laws, Gregory Hoitenga, Ann Rodriguez, Kenneth Weisner, Bernard and Wanda Hoitenga, Richard Hoitenga, Mary Ann Williams, and Rosalie Cooper.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Oct. 12, 2018 at the Northland Community Church (5855 S Morey Rd, McBain, MI 49657) and, visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will take place in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cadillac. A luncheon will follow the services at the church. Thoughts and prayers may be left at

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Mary Laboy

Love you so much, Dad! Words can't express how much I will miss you, but I take comfort in knowing that we will meet each other again one day in heaven. You were an amazing father. You always had a hug for me, or words of great wisdom, which guided me throughout life. I thank God for placing you in my life. XOXOXO Until we meet again.... You will always remain in my heart.

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