John Buurma Jr.

Dec 20, 2014

April 17, 1923 - May 21, 2007

WILLARD -  John Buurma Jr., 84, of Willard, died Monday at the Willard Mercy Hospital.

He was born April 17, 1923, in Willard to the late John and Anna (Trapp) Buurma. He lived in Willard all of his life and is where he was a partner and farm manager of Buurma Farms.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Willard and was an avid reader.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Veenboer) Buurma, whom he married Dec. 1, 1953; a daughter and son-in-law, Elisabeth Anne Buurma and Reid Mitchell of New Orleans, La.; brothers, Richard Buurma of Gregory, Mich., Robert Buurma and James Buurma both of Willard; sisters, Dora Bloem of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Ruth Sharpless of Orlando, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna (Trapp) Buurma; a brother, Frank Buurma; and a sister, Mary Simerink.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Secor Funeral Home in Willard. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Willard. The Rev. Kathryn Rhoads and Rev. Leonard Riemersma will officiate.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church in Willard or to the donor's choice.