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Howard Norman Hoeksema
  • Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
    222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • First United Methodist Church
    111 E. Michigan Avenue
    Battle Creek, MI 49014

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“Our thoughts and prayers are always with Shirley and your sons. ”
1 of 31 | Posted by: Debbie Vanderford - Battle Creek, MI

“I was deeply saddened when I stumbled across this notice of Mr. Hoeksema's passing. Neighbors for only a few years in the late 60s as a boy of 15,...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Marty Klein - Lansing, KS

“Prayers to all of Howard's family and friends. What a great guy! Left a great legacy in his family! ”
3 of 31 | Posted by: Alicia Stark - Battle Creek, MI

“Some of my best memories include riding to BCCHS away football games in the family station wagon. Mr. Hoeksema was an outstanding man! As a young...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Deb (Wilkey) Hosking - Ceresco, MI

“My prayers are with the family. He was a very special man. ”
5 of 31 | Posted by: Jim Keyser - Battle Creek, MI

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
6 of 31 | Posted by: Tom Schram - Springhill, FL

“So glad you had so many years, Shirley. I know he was on oxygen the last lunch we had, but his spirit was so strong it was hard to notice. I hope...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Daniel Miner - Kalamazoo, MI

“Howard will be missed. Whenever we visited my sister Jenni and Dan I always looked forward to catching up with Howard. We always had a good laugh...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: John W Rice - Geneva, IL - Friend

“Shirley and Family, I can still remember Howard sitting in the tower in Chicago holding our bags for hours. He was the best,he never complained ...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Steve and Marie Kraft - MI

“so sorry regarding the loss of Howard. A wonderful man. Always good to be around. ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: Dr. Dave Wright - Kentwood, MI

“We first met Howard & Shirley in Battle Creek at Christ UMC. And as the years went on with events like Boy Scouts with their sons. And this continued...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Phil & Sue Mains - Augusta, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. ”
12 of 31 | Posted by: Mike Gay - Battle Creek, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Howard was an extremely fine gentleman and a Kalamazoo Maroon that I had great respect for and from a Battle Creek Bearcat that means a lot. ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Larry Judd - Battle Creek, MI

“Mr Hoeksema was my first boss right out of high school at Bosker. I could not ask for a better man to work for. He always would help me get the right...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Mike Rust - Battle Creek, MI

“I am truly sorry for your loss ”
16 of 31 | Posted by: Dave Finney - Delton

“Even though we only saw Howard once a year on AMI, he made us feel like a life-long friend. Our thoughts go to Shirley, Mike, Sally and family during...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Jerry and Sandi Nowicki - FL

“So many memories with Howard and Shirley! Love your beautiful family and praying for you all as you grieve this huge loss! ”
18 of 31 | Posted by: Joni and Tim Knapper - Richland, MI

“Shirley and family: So sorry to read of Howard's passing. We always enjoyed seeing and talking with both of you at the Spencer family parties and...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Roger & Linda Rumble - Otsego, MI

“A man of integrity. ”
20 of 31 | Posted by: Frank Mason - Breckenridge, CO

“When someone we love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. Therefore, treasure the special times spent with you loved one-draw strength...Read More »
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22 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“To our dearest friends, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry we can not be there but we are with you in thought. We have so many precious...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Marilyn Coe - Cupertino, CA

“Shirley and family, very sorry for your loss. Howard could always make you laugh. Wonderful man.Tom and Jan Cobb ”
24 of 31 | Posted by: Tom Cobb - Battle Creek, MI

“Our deepest sympathies to the Hoeksema Family on the loss of a wonderful man so deeply loved. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Kim and Keith...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Kim Long - Albuquerque, NM

“Howard was a good guy. The first time I met him we got along wonderfully. I am sorry to hear of his passing. Steve Burdette @ Dobos Lawnmower. ”
26 of 31 | Posted by: Steve Burdette - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Mike and Shirley I am sorrowed to hear about Howard, He was a special friend to Me for years until I moved down south. I will be praying for You...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Henry (Hank) Finney - SC

“Dear Shirley and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Howard was a wonderful man. He always had a smile for everyone. He will be greatly...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Karl and Debra Buerkle send our deepest sympathy to our neighbor Mike Hoeksema, his mother Shirley, wife Sally, children, grandchildren and great...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Karl and Debra Buerkle - Delton, MI

“Howard, Shirley, and their family have been a big part of my life growing up. My father Russ, and Howard were the best of friends, as well as Shirley...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Debbie Herr Vanderford - MI

“From 1964 to 2016 I'll bet a week hasn't gone by and Howard didn't come to mind as I think about my blessed life. A few works come to mine: courteous...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Dana Blose - Atlanta, GA

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Howard Norman Hoeksema of Richland, MI

Howard, age 85, died peacefully with his loving wife at his side on Saturday morning, January 16, 2016 at his home.

Howard, the son of Peter and Dorothy (Chapman) Hoeksema, was born in Kalamazoo, Ml on October 31,1930. He was a lifetime area resident and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1949. He served his country honorably and nobly during the Korean War as a Private First Class with Battery A of the 53rd Battalion.

Howard started working for Bosker Brick Company in Kalamazoo after his war service and was made General Manager of the Battle Creek office. In 1962 he purchased the company and became the owner/operator, combining the two offices into Bosker Brick Company of Battle Creek. Howard retired in 1986 and two of his sons continue to operate the business to this day.

Howard was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and Christ United Methodist Church, both of Battle Creek. He had been active as a Pack Master for his sons Cub Scout Troops. He had been a member of the Michigan Builders Supply Association; the Battle Creek Home Builders Association and the AM Lions Club of Battle Creek.

Howard was a consummate golfer and loved playing golf with his sons and friends. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, jigsaw puzzles, reading, constructing doll houses and telling a good story, but his true passion in life was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Howard's favorite spot on earth was Anna Maria Island, FL. He and Shirley spent many winters there entertaining friends and family. Also, they lived at Gull Lake for over 30 years and Howard was well known for his "Guided Boat and Fishing Tours" of the Lake!

Howard married the "love of his life", Shirley Anne (nee: Thayer) in Kalamazoo, Ml on November 3,1950. Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Shirley; four sons, Steven H. (Kathryn) Hoeksema of Mt. Pleasant, Ml, Michael L. (Sally) Hoeksema of Delton, Ml, Dan T. (Jennifer) Hoeksema of Richland, Ml and Ronald A. (Michele) Hoeksema of Ansonia, OH; eleven precious grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and his sister, Marjorie (Jack) Hill of Cincinnati, OH. Howard was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joan (Ken) Dirkse.

The Celebration of Life Service for Howard will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, 11:00a.m. at the Gull Lake View Golf Course and Resort, 7417 North 38th Street, Augusta, Ml 49012 with Rev. Robert G. Muirhead of Battle Creek, officiating. A luncheon and visitation will follow the Service until 3:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Private, family interment will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Ml with the United States Army Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard bestowing full military honors at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Howard's honor may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwestern Michigan, 222 North Kalamazoo Mail, Suite #100, Kalamazoo, Ml 49007 or the First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, Ml 49017.

The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Howard's family with his arrangements.