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William Jay VanZee

October 13, 1943 October 28, 2020
William Jay VanZee
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Obituary for William Jay VanZee

William Jay VanZee, Lansing, age 77, a former painting contractor and dairy farmer, died October 28, 2020. He was born October 13, 1943 in Kalamazoo, MI to Wilbur and Margene (Mannes) VanZee. He served on an aircraft carrier as a turbine engine technician in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He loved his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, was a man of integrity and led many Christian mission trips. He also served as a faithful volunteer at his beloved Christian camp, Cran Hill Ranch, for many years. His greatest love was his family, but he also loved music. He sang bass in the church choir and in a men’s quartet, Immanuel’s Men. Bill will also be remembered for his dry sense of humor, words of wisdom and tireless work ethic.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Lou, his children and grandchildren: son, Jim (Chris) VanZee, grandchildren, Katie, Alec (Shayna) and Ellie; daughter, Kathy VanZee, grandsons: Tyler (KT) Smith, Caleb (Emily) Smith and Dylan Smith, great granddaughter, Felicity Joy Smith; daughter, Vicki (Greg) Thompson, grandchildren, Seth and Emma; son, Bob (Dawn) VanZee, grandchildren: Gavin, Jenna, and Malia; brothers: David (Karen), Ron (Julie), Terry, and John (Jacque Lee); sisters: Marilyn (Douglas) Stolk, Barbara (David) Stipcak, Donna (Nick) Moseley, and sister-in-law, Connie VanZee. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Tom VanZee.

A funeral service will be held Monday, November 2, 2020 at Grand Ledge Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Visitations will be held on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Grand Ledge Baptist as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Cran Hill Ranch, 14444 17 Mile Rd, Rodney, MI 49342. The family has entrusted arrangements to Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com

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Visitation

Sunday

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Nov

3:00 PM 11/1/2020 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 11/1/2020 6:00:00 PM
Grand Ledge Baptist Church

1120 Willow Hwy.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Grand Ledge Baptist Church
1120 Willow Hwy. Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Visitation

Monday

2

Nov

1:00 PM 11/2/2020 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11/2/2020 2:00:00 PM
Grand Ledge Baptist Church

1120 Willow Hwy.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Grand Ledge Baptist Church
1120 Willow Hwy. Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Service

Monday

2

Nov

2:00 PM 11/2/2020 2:00:00 PM
Grand Ledge Baptist Church

1120 Willow Hwy.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Grand Ledge Baptist Church
1120 Willow Hwy. Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States
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