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“It is only the Farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.” Harold reaped his harvest at the age of 84 when he went peacefully home to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, at Brian’s House surrounded by his loving family Monday, February 11, 2019. He was born to the late Frank and Sylvia (VanHoogstraten) on the Green Rd. farm April 3, 1934 before moving to Merritt Township, where he resided most of his life. Harold was a member of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish – St. John the Evangelist Church and was recently made a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2740. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from March 1, 1955 to March 1, 1957.
Harold was united in marriage to Dolores L. Kuehnemund on November 9, 1957 and remained inseparable for over 61 years. He was a life long farmer and together they built a successful farm and loving home for their family. He was a patient, kind, and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all. Harold liked to travel the countryside and enjoyed watching baseball, fishing for Perch on the Saginaw Bay, and deer hunting at the family cabin. He liked to grow and can his own vegetables from the garden and giving it away to others was a source of real joy for him. He even grew and maintained a garden at his most current residence, New Hope Bay. Harold was also a dedicated and active member of the former St. Norbert Catholic Church. He served the Church Community of St. Norbert as a Minster of Holy Communion, member of the Men’s Club, former President of the Parish Council and a volunteer for the Munger Potato Festival.
Harold’s family would like to thank the staff at New Hope Bay, Heartland Hospice, Dr. Chavali and all of his caring physicians and nurses who helped to improve his quality of life; most especially Brian’s House during his final days.
Harold is survived by his wife Dee, along with five children, Randy (Kathy) VanDenBoom, Ken (Dawn) VanDenBoom, Debbie (Mike) Markel, Mike (Lori) VanDenBoom, John VanDenBoom, special family friend, Connie Schmidt; nine grandchildren, Jason (Keriann) VanDenBoom, Kevin (Nicole) VanDenBoom, Jill (Adam) Mulders, David (Kelly) VanDenBoom, Alex (Chelsey) VanDenBoom, Michael Markel, Heather (Tyler) Squanda, Ryan and Lindsey VanDenBoom; eleven great-grandchildren, Eastin, Emily, Kody, Kameron, Zachary, Logan, Owen, Isaac, Ava, Ella, and Avery; a brother and sister, Rob (Pat) VanDenBoom and Sylvia (Bill) Rouech; sisters-in-law, Mary and Twilla VanDenBoom; beloved dog, “Lexi”; numerous nieces and nephews, and Ed, a special friend from New Hope Bay. Besides his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his grandson Andy VanDenBoom and siblings, Leona, Julia, Frank, Les, Millie, Roy, Laura, Henry, Raymond, and Don.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish – St. John’s Church, Essexville, Michigan. Fr. Dale Orlik will preside with interment in St. Patrick Cemetery. Friends may call at Ambrose Funeral Home on Thursday from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday after 9:00 a.m. A Parish Vigil Service, Military Honors under the auspices of the Bay County Veteran’s Association, and a Knights of Columbus Bible Presentation for Harold will be held Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family.