Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 13, 2013

Donald Raymond Constant Died Oct. 4, 2013

GRAND HAVEN — Donald “Don” Raymond Constant, age 86, of Grand Haven, passed away at Heartwood Lodge on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.

He was born in Grand Haven on Nov. 8, 1926, to Cornelius “Casey” and Anna (Korf) Constant. He married the former Barbara Steeby on Oct. 15, 1947, in Kalamazoo.

Don served his country in the United States Army during the World War II era.

He earned his master’s degree in history and administration from Western Michigan University. While in college he played on the tennis team and was co-captain his senior year.

He was an avid tennis player from four years of age until he was 80, playing with the same group every week during his retirement years.

Don was a teacher and coach for Grand Haven Area Public Schools for many years.

Don was a member of Second Reformed Church, where he served as deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He also sang in the church choir. He was also a member of the Grand Haven Historical Society.

Don had many interests, including all sports, puzzles, music, birds, yard work, collecting antiques, tennis rackets and model air planes, candy and spending time at the lake cottage. Most of all, he really loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Don is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; daughters, Donna (Denny) Van Hall, of Grand Haven, and Jane (Mark) Hospers, of Winter Park, Fla.; sons, Jon (Mary) Constant, of Traverse City, Gary (Gail) Constant, of Spring Lake, and Bob (Traci) Constant, of Largo, Fla.; grandchildren, Jody, Kacie, Chad, Staci, Brad, Corey, Amy, Jenny, Matt, Carli, Casey, Camryn, Caydee and Colton; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Constant.

His family would like to thank Heartwood Lodge for their loving care.

Funeral services were held this past Saturday. Interment was in Lake Forest Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Don to Second Reformed Church or the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation are appreciated.

Share memories with the family at their online guest book at

The family is being served by VanZantwick, Bartels and Kammeraad Funeral Home of Grand Haven.

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