OBITUARY

Willard James Haradine

October 9, 1926November 21, 2020
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Willard James “Bill” Haradine, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 9, 1926, to Walter and Marion Haradine. He died peacefully at home November 21, 2020, at the age of 94.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Jane; three daughters, Kimberly (Steve) Westdorp, Debra (Michael) Novak, and Pamela Mason; a daughter from a previous marriage, Denise (Dan) Miklusicak; 8 grandchildren, Audrey (Derek) Strickland, Ross (Nikki) Westdorp, Christian Westdorp, Christina (Tony Murray) Novak, Brittany Novak, Zackary Mason, Benjamin Miklusicak, and Amanda (Ken) Dietz; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Bill was Director of Circulation for The Grand Rapids Press when he retired in 1989, ending 34 years in the world of newspapers to begin life aboard Albacore, a custom 45-foot wood trawler they had sailed to the Great Lakes from Massachusetts. Boating was Bill’s passion. He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, teaching boating classes, using his own boat on Lake Michigan for patrols and rescue missions, and eventually becoming Division Captain. In 1982, Bill and Jane were crew for friends on their 40-foot schooner, crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Seville, Spain, to the Canary Islands and finally to Barbados. They traveled thousands of miles in retirement from 1989 until 2011, sailing Albacore down the Mississippi River several times and the Tombigbee Waterway, returning to Michigan via the East Coast to New York City, then up the Hudson River to the Erie Canal and through the Great Lakes to Lake Michigan. They spent years in Key West, at the fort in the Dry Tortugas, in the Bahamas, and finally on A Dock at the city marina in Fort Myers, Florida. Throughout their travels, they met friends who became “keepers.” Bill was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. He enjoyed the Tuesday “coffee with the guys” in the church kitchen. When home, he maintained his friendship with former coworkers from The Press.

No public service is planned because of the Covid pandemic. A private graveside service will be held with Pastor Kevin Sullivan officiating.

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Ann Wells

November 23, 2020

Jack and I have so many fond memories of times with Bill and Jane.
I loved the times Bill joined The Press gals for lunch.
My special memory of Jane and Bill is the night I introduced them at a party at Doris Branson’s.
Bill will be missed by many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and the family.
Jack and Ann Wells


Jill Kersjes (Reeves)

November 23, 2020

I met Bill when coming to the house to pick up his daughter Pam. He was always chatty and concerned about where we were going and what we were doing.
He helped me get a job in the circulation department at the Grand Rapids Press. This was a time when people could smoke at the office, I hated it!
For some reason though I did not mind Bills choice, he had a pipe and I did not mind the smell.
If I wandered by Bill's office he would say to come in and have a seat. We would chat about anything. He was such a sweet man. I had this little giddy feeling that made me special because I knew the boss and was friends with his daughter.
I worked at the Press for three years and that is where I met my husband.
My sympathy to the family.
Hugs to a dear friend Pam.
Sincerely
Jill (Reeves) Kersjes

FROM THE FAMILY

Daughter Kim recording a moment with Dad.

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Strong coffee a must.

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Bill's tender touch examining Britti's tiny feet. Sitting with Christina and Grandma.

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Coast Guard Auxiliary Division Captain at an event with Jane.

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Bill's passion included replacing planks and sanding . . . lots of sanding.

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Daughter Pamela with her son Zackary.

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Britti and Gpa on the balcony at Aspen Lakes Apartments.

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Daughter Kim recording a moment with Dad.

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Strong coffee a must.

FROM THE FAMILY

Bill's tender touch examining Britti's tiny feet. Sitting with Christina and Grandma.

FROM THE FAMILY

Coast Guard Auxiliary Division Captain at an event with Jane.

FROM THE FAMILY

Bill's passion included replacing planks and sanding . . . lots of sanding.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Daughter Pamela with her son Zackary.

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Britti and Gpa on the balcony at Aspen Lakes Apartments.

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Chilling with fellow Coast Guard Auxiliarist Lee Hornack.

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Almost ready to launch.

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