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John Duitsman

Aug. 4, 1914 - Sept. 28, 2007

CLARA CITY -- John Duitsman, 93, of Clara City died Friday at his home.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Harvey Anderson Clara City Funeral Home in Clara City and will continue for one hour prior to service Thursday at the church.

He was born Aug. 4, 1914, in Crate Township, Chippewa County, to William and Anna (Visser) Duitsman. He attended country school. He farmed with his parents.

He married Hilda Wearda on July 11, 1940. They farmed in Crate Township.

He was a lifetime member of Bethany Reformed Church; where he served on the consistory and as a deacon.

He is survived by his children: Elaine (and Norbert) McNulty of Virginia Beach, Va., Esther (and Bob) Shortsle of Lowell, Mich., Jerome (and Cheryl) Duitsman of Gainesville, Ga. and Mary Duitsman of Clara City; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a sister: Hilda Hilbrands of Clara City.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2004, and by two sisters and four brothers.