Phil A. Bronkhorst

July 13, 1946May 13, 2018

Phil A. Bronkhorst, 71 of Lavaca, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018 at his home. He was born July 13, 1946 in Holland, MI to the late Albert and Elma Bronkhorst. He started working at a very young age at his uncle’s welding shop. He graduated from Holland High School and continued with his education at Michigan State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He then volunteered for service in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer during the Vietnam War. Upon his return he went back to Central Michigan University to complete his MBA. He was a Christian, retired bank President and a member of the American Legion. He was also an avid motorcycle rider and loved to travel.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Friday, May 18, 2018 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be 12:00 Noon at the Fort Smith National Cemetery.

Phil is survived by his wife Angela of the home, his daughter Heather Ann Magers, DDS and her husband David of Grandview, TX, his sister Lynda Hoffman of Holland, MI, three grandchildren; Abby, Allie, and Zane Magers, his niece, Stacey Hoffman of Virginia, his nephew Chad Hoffman of Holland, MI, and his step-son Dimitri Potts of Dallas, TX,.

Pallbearers will be David Magers, Chad Hoffman, Scott Gleason, Marcus Beard, Steve Moore, Paul Post and Ron Chronister.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association 2408 S. 51st Court Ft. Smith, AR 72903.


  • Albert Bronkhorst, Father
  • Elma June Wiersema Bronkhorst, Mother
  • Angela Kypriotou Bronkhorst, Wife
  • Heather Ann Magers, DDS, Daughter
  • David Magers, Son-in-law
  • Lynda Hoffman, Sister
  • Abby Magers, Granddaughter
  • Allie Magers, Granddaughter
  • Zane Magers, Grandson
  • Stacey Hoffman, Niece
  • Chad Hoffman, Nephew
  • Dimitri Potts, Step-Son

  • David Magers
  • Chad Hoffman
  • Scott Gleason
  • Marcus Beard
  • Steve Moore
  • Paul Post
  • Ron Chronister

  • Alzheimer's Association


  • Visitation Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 18, 2018

Phil A. Bronkhorst

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Denny Neff

May 18, 2018

Beverly and I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Angela and the family in the homegoing of a dear friend, neighbor, fellow Veteran. He will certainly be missed. Phil used to love walking his dogs around the neighborhood where he met and welcomed everyone. He would stop at the house and we would spend hours "solving the world's problems" over the backyard fence. Phil we will miss you and will cherish the memories of your love and wise counsel. Rest in Peace my brother.

Chad Hoffman

May 18, 2018

When I recall memories of my uncle Phil I always think back to the times that he and may dad were together, always joking and laughing together. In recent years I enjoyed catching up with him on the phone and hearing about the grandkids. I’m proud of his service to his country and I will miss him.


James & Marta Kaelin

May 18, 2018

Dear Angela,

What short time we had of getting to know you and Phil, it was an honor and pleasure. We only wish we had more time. You and Phil were such a wonderful couple. Thank you for standing by him and doing everything you could to take care of him.

We love you and are always here for you!
James & Marta

Mary (Woldring) Martinovich

May 17, 2018

To the Bronkhorst Family,
I was saddened to hear of my cousin, Phil's death, and thankful that He was a Believer In Christ Jesus!
I had fond memories of visits to his parents home when I was growing up . I love their sunken living room! It was plush !
My heart and prayers are going out to you especially, as His wife , to his family, and to Linda, his sister.
Best Regards,
Mary Martinovich

Donna and Bill Huskison

May 17, 2018

Dear Angela and Family,

We were so sorry to learn of Phil's death. We will hold all of you close in thought and prayer.

Love, Donna and Bill

Bob Hickman

May 17, 2018


Too soon, young man.

Missed you at our 50th. Hoped to see you at our 55th.

Too soon, but I'll always have the good memories from high school.

Thanks for all of them.

Barbara McCutchen

May 17, 2018

Although I didn't know Phil well, I do know he was blessed with the most caring, hard working, precious wife Angela a man could ask for. Am sure he was well cared for, especially in the last most difficult days. May he rest in peace.

Stacey Hoffman

May 16, 2018

I will always remember my Uncle as a quick witted, fun loving and caring man.

His favorite story was telling about the time he took me out to the Laketown dunes (beach shore on Lake Michigan) when I was a little girl - the sand was really hot on my feet so he carried me up the dune and down to the water, only to have me refuse to go in the water because there were dead alewives on the shore line. He then had to carry me back up and down the dune to the car. He got a true work out that hot summer day and loved razzing me about the memory! I will always remember his laugh and sense of humor.

The photo is from one of their last visits in Holland - dancing with my Mom on our deck to "Don't You Wish It Was True" - John Fogerty

In Loving Memory - we'll miss you Uncle Phil,


Tony Chaney

May 16, 2018

A real friend, veteran, and neighbor who never made exception based on race or creed.

We will miss you Phil.