Mr. Joseph Henry Landheer, Age 90 of Kent City, Michigan died Saturday, February 16, 2008 at home surrounded by his family. Mr. Landheer was the widower of Gertrude (Snieder), to whom he was married for sixty-three years, and who passed on in 2000.   Joseph and Gertrude were the owners and operators of Landheer Store on Tyrone Avenue for thirty-one years until they retired to 21 Mile Rd in 1977.  Mr. Landheer was also at various times in life:  Superintendent of Sunday Schools; Director of the local public schools and served on the Tyrone Township Zoning Board.  Mr. Landheer is survived by his children Joan Landheer, Don (Barb) Landheer, Karen (Ronnie) Atwood, Judy (Lyle) Hanna, Nancy (Robert) Coalter, 14 Grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. by his brother Andy (Phyllis) Landheer, his sisters in law: Connie Hesselink, Winnie Snieder, Eunice Snieder, Marilyn Skrycki, his brother in law Nelson (Berneice) VerStrate and various cousins, nieces and nephews.   Private funeral services and private visitation services were held.  Interment will be in Chubbuck-Pinewood Cemetery, Kent City.  Arrangements by McKinley Funeral Home, Grant, 231-834-5613.

 

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Alan and Jeri Landheer
Sunday February 17, 2008
14:09:43

You have our deepest sympathy. We are currently working on updating the Landheer genealogy and have gotten to know Joe through his poem he had written and through talking to Andrew Landheer. I am sure he will be missed by all. Sincerely, Jeri and Alan Landheer Jenison, Michigan

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Dan Deurloo
Sunday February 17, 2008
16:32:20

As the truck pulled up to the store, dust rolled up alongside it and we climbed out, Grandpa and me, and stepped up to the porch, much to my excited anticipation. The screen door swung open (you could easily hear the spring creak), and slammed back shut. There, smiling in his own unique way-twinkle in his eye, with the corner of his mouth turned down-stood my Grandpa’s son; my Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe would almost always reach into the water-cooled soda pop machine and grab and ice-cold grape or orange Nehi for us. As we stood around sipping our soda, he would usually tell a joke or story or two. On my birthday, he would send a dime for every year-old I was. Those dimes were his hard-earned money. Uncle Joe enjoyed most people, but he loved his family more than anything else. He was extremely intelligent, and he carried a vast amount of knowledge simply; without showiness. He could have seen the world, but like Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, he stayed at home to run the family business; the Country Store, content to raise a wonderful family, never complaining. Uncle Joe and Aunt Gertrude, along with their children; Joan, Karen, Judy, Donnie, and Nancy were one of the anchors in my life that I will always treasure. But Joe Landheer was not just my “Uncle Joe”. He was Uncle Joe to a lot of us. I can’t help but wonder at if he meant so much to me as “Uncle Joe”, how much he means to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren. Joe Landheer was also a devoted husband and an endearing brother. However, to me, he was my very own special “Uncle Joe” and I will miss him.

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