William Malfer

August 6, 1942October 4, 2020

William “Bill” Malfer, age 78 of Byron Center, went to be with the Lord Sunday, October 4, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents Louis Malfer and Madge Carter; his brothers Eugene, Donald, and Thomas Malfer; and grandson, Greyson Quakkelaar. He is survived by his wife, Fran Malfer; sons Chris (Dedi) Malfer, Raimundo (Megan) De Freitas; daughter, Roseli Quakkelaar; eight grandchildren Samantha and Hazel Malfer, Leila and Tatiana De Freitas, Everett, Keagan, Juliana, and Natalie Quakkelaar; and many extended family and friends. To Bill, his family was everything, and he will be greatly missed. A celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Cook Funeral Home, 2067 - 84th Street, Byron Center, with a time to visit with the family following the service. The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guestbook at Memorial contributions may be made to Life International, 72 Ransom Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or No Limits Foundation @


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

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    Saturday, October 10, 2020


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Ryan Gosliga

October 10, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the Malfer Family. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Ryan Gosliga

Alisha Moak

October 9, 2020

Bill Malfer, my brother-in-law, has always held a special place in my heart. He was kind and had a gentle spritit always trying to make me laugh with his jokes and little quips. He would break into song and always try to pull me in to them. I will miss hearing him call me sweetie. I am so grateful that Bill was a part of my life and for the love he had for my sister, his family and us, his extended family. Missing you now but loving you always...

Ingrid Wierenga

October 9, 2020

Fran, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers, Ingrid

Eloir De Paula

October 8, 2020

Wil was very kind. I know God Will provide everything for Fran. May the Lord embrace and keep all the family comforted.

Rose Santiago

October 8, 2020

Dearest Fran and kids,
"CHANTAGEM" - this is Bill's favorite word for me. The only word in Portuguese he would remember, however, the memories I have of him are uncountable. His gentleness towards me, his comprehension for our "girl's time together", letting us have fun and chat forever, taking me to the places I wanted or even just being there will never be forgotten. Bill was a man according to God's heart, even though he didn't know that.
Since Sunday, in sadness and relief I pray for you all, asking the Holy Spirit to embrace you and bring all the good memories of his to your heart.
I praise the Lord for having met Bill, for spending time, traveling and also testifying how much he lived for his family and loved the Lord.
I wish I could be physically there, because in my heart and prayers I am, but I pray that we'll be together soon.
May the Lord of all consolation be with you today and the days to come.
I loved Bill, and you know that, Love each one of you, and will always do.
Big hugs and kisses from your crazy purple family member/friend from Brazil.With much love,

Tracy Lansing

October 7, 2020

Bill has been my brother-in-law for 43 years and a faithful husband to my dear sister, Fran. I have enjoyed many visits from our home in California to his home in Michigan. And Bill always made sure we had a good time visiting so many beautiful places in Michigan and the best places to eat. Mmmm remember our stop at an ice cream parlor. Our last trip was to upper Michigan and Macinaw Island and Bill shared the history of this place. Always fun when we spent time together. Bill loved his family and he made us feel loved and included as his family. Bill and Fran also came to California’s as often as possible and we had a great time together. During these visits Bill and I had opportunities to talk about his life journey. Bill’s life was full of good times but also many struggles. And as he shared those with me I began to see the wonderful man who came thru the struggles of life and the love he had for his brothers and his wife and children and even us. I will miss my dear brother in law Bill but I treasure the wonderful memories we had together. Next time we visit together we will all finally be home with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It says in God’s word that the angels rejoice when we arrive in heaven. So it is with Bill,

Gary Gosliga

October 6, 2020

In 1988, I visited Bill and Fran with our new son Ryan. While visiting, I told Bill I had been offered a promotion at work but because a change from a graveyard shift to days was required, it would require my wife to quite work to tend for our son. Without her income, it would not be possible to take the new management position due to hit our family would take financially. Bill provided the best advise I ever received. He said "Go back to work and just tell them what you need financially. They want you so be up front that you want the job, but the pay will not satisfy our family income needs." Well with great hesitation I followed his advise. I did not get what I asked for but they did offer an alternative compensation package; which I took. The rest is history. If not for his wisdom and sound guidance, I may never have had the opportunities that decision afforded me an my family. Bill was wise and practical. He genuinely cared about the decision I had before me and offered me an alternative to saying no (which I had already told the company before my visit). I am sure I'm not the only person that Bill bestowed his wisdom. I am eternally thankful for that day and for God putting Bill in my path. I love Bill. His impact on my life's journey will never be forgotten. Just a year or two ago, Bill visited CA and wanted badly to come to the airport I manage. Well, he did. The best part of that for me was seeing him sit behind my desk in the terminal with a smile on his face. Looking at each other, we didn't say a word but knew what each other was thinking.... 1988. It was a moment for each of us. I cannot wait to see him again in all the glory that awaits us. He just got there first. Love you Bill. Until we meet again!!!

Chris Malfer

October 6, 2020

Dads first visit to Walt Disney World.


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