Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


Melvin Van Oosterhout

July 11, 1927September 6, 2019

Melvin Van Oosterhout, age 92 of Holland, passed away on September 6, 2019. He was born in Holland, Michigan on July 11, 1927, the second of five children of William and Elizabeth (Kippen) Van Oosterhout. He graduated from Holland High School and joined the army and proudly served his country in World War II. He was a member of the Holland Elks and Grace Episcopal Church.

He worked for many years at Parke-Davis, Holland plant (later Pfizer). Upon his retirement he reached the position of daytime manager.

Melvin was preceded in death by his wife Nancy and his daughter Jean, and brothers Don and Jerry.

He is survived by his children: Dr. Keith and Marji Van Oosterhout, Sally and David Serrano, Richard and Julie Van Oosterhout

Grandchildren: Tricia Serrano, Miranda and Phill Carr, Dr. Aaron and Sarah Van Oosterhout, Jon Van Oosterhout, Emily and Greg Patera

Great-grandchildren: Sequoia, Sierra, Antonio, Olivia, and Lucas Serrrano, Evelynne and Bay Van Oosterhout, Cordelia Van Oosterhout, Madeline Patera

Great-great-grandchildren: Keaton, Alexa, Julian, Kai, Kristian, and Kallie Serrano

Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church of Holland.


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Virgniia Sloothaak

September 13, 2019

Always enjoyed working with Mel at Parke-Davis. He was always a happy fellow. My condolences to his family. I know he will be missed.

Darris & Deb Schuurman

September 12, 2019

We always enjoyed playing in the dart league with Mel. Sorry for your lose. Our thoughts are with you.

Mike Bailey

September 11, 2019

I always enjoyed talking to Mel, he was a very generous, kind person. I also enjoyed his sense of humor, and all the little toys he always had. Rest in peace Mel😇

Linda Horn

September 10, 2019

Fond memories of my favorite Uncle and a great brother to my father. Loved his sense of humor. Celebrating a life well lived.

Christine Simpson

September 10, 2019

I am truly saddened by Mel’s (Brush) passing. He was truly a kind man. My condolences to Keith and family, Sally and family, and Richard and family. Rest In Peace Mel.