3/19/2017 Death of a classmate. Kristi (Berkompas) De Kraker
Kristie De Kraker, age 65, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Kris was born in Holland and was a 1969 graduate of West Ottawa High School.
She was an avid reader, enjoy
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10/15/2016 Death of Walter Bastiaanse. Brother of Robert and Henry Bastiaanse
Walter P. Bastiaanse, age 73, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016.
He is preceded in death by his parents Adrian and Erna Bastiaanse and brother in law Bruce Roelofs.
He is survive
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10/11/2016 Way Henson (1926-2016) Father of Nancy Henson Steketee
Way Henson(1926 - 2016)
Way W. Henson, age 90 of Holland, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Way was born in Canton, North Carolina to Casty and Molly (Cogburn) Henson. He was the 7th
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John Wilson receives deceased brother Ricky (WO'73)Class ring back after being stolen 20 years ago!
There was a "found" WOHS '73 class ring dated 2007 on alumniclass.com/westottawa/lostrings
"I found a 1973 West Ottawa class ring with the initials R W on it. There is also an inscription on the inside (first, last, and middle initial). Will gladly return to owner who can identify middle initial and has I.D. to prove identity. Posted October 15, 2007"
Barb Jacobs Cajka (WO'73) sent an email thru the website a few weeks after their 60th Birthday Bash in July 2016. After many weeks and emails exchanged, it was narrowed to Ricky Wilson, deceased.
Barb WO'73 was able to get in touch with Ricky's brother John. After they exchanged many emails and months had passed, John Wilson and Paul from Zeeland were able to meet up. Paul was a little worried when John showed up to claim his brother's ring when he found out that John was an Allegan Co Deputy (retired). Turns out the man's father had also found and returned rings as a hobby in the 70's but charged a "fee" and the dad was almost arrested for trying to sell "stolen" property - he was assured that he was not being arrested!
According to John's story, Ricky's class ring was stolen 20 years ago. Paul found it in a lake but will not disclose the location of the lake.
Ricky D Wilson passed away at the age of 52 of a heart attack on July 9, 2007. (3 months before the ring was found!)
John Wilson received Ricky's class ring which was given to Ricky's son Luke who in turn gave it to Ricky's grandson Caleb.
Happy ending for the Wilson family!
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Cliff note version of the last 40 years. Graduated from GVSU, then off to grad school at MSU. After a year of grad school, joined the Peace Corps and went to the Philippines. Come home to finish grad school, and then got a real job with the fed's - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After 25 years with the fed's, I retired. We were living in Colorado when I retired. My husband was running our small ranch in Fairplay, CO, while I commuted week-ends to and from Denver. After 12 years out west, my husband wanted to return to his "roots" and we are now living on a small farm in western PA. He farms, I ride horses. I still miss the sunshine and mountains. Haven't been back to MI since 1996, and it was great to see old friends, Holland, and Lake Michigan
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