Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 3, 2013

Robert Berghuis

SAUGATUCK — Robert Berghuis, age 86, of Saugatuck, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Hospice House of Holland. Bob was born in Kalamazoo and attended State High School.

Following high school he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in Okinawa as a Seabee during World War II.

Bob was a Michigan State Trooper for 25 years until his retirement in 1979.

He was also a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Dottie, in 2011.

Surviving are his children, Susan and Arnie Boyd, of Traverse City, Michael and Vicki Berghuis, of Saugatuck, and Gordon and Ginna Berghuis, of Saugatuck; grandchildren, Shawn and Karin Boyd, Barbara and Steve Gilbert, Adam Berghuis, Stu Berghuis and Abi Berghuis; and great-grandchildren, Cameron Boyd, Taylor Boyd, Samantha Gilbert, Dylan Gilbert, Irie Mae Van Lente and Wyatt Van Lente.

A special thank you is extended to Sara, Phil and Deadra for the love and care of our dad.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 252 Grand Street, with the Reverends Corwin Stoppel and David Blauw officiating. Private committal services will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Saugatuck. No visitation is scheduled.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland, Wishbone Pet Rescue or All Saints Episcopal Church Endowment Fund.

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Arrangements are by the Dykstra Funeral Home-Saugatuck Chapel.

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