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Arthur William Schuitema, age 84, formerly of Edmore, passed away Tuesday morning, May 14, 2019 under the loving care of his son, daughter-in-law, and Spectrum Health Hospice at his son's home near Howard City.  The son of Martin Marinus & Ellen Mae (Corkins) Schuitema, he was born on July 7, 1934 in Grand Rapids and grew up in the Wyoming-Grand Rapids area.

A veteran of the Korean War era, Art proudly served in the United States Army and was stationed in occupied Germany.  On October 5, 1956 he married Carol LaVon Norder and together they raised two children and enjoyed 62 years of marriage until Carol passed away on March 6, 2018. 

Art's lifework as an engineer in the aerospace industry began in Grand Rapids and included positions with Lear Siegler, Martin Marietta, and finally Lockheed Martin in Florida.  In retirement, Art & Carol returned to Michigan where Art remained active as a member of the Lions Club, and by serving on the Edmore Village Council, including terms as Village President and Village Manager.  In his spare time, Art also helped the late Dale McCullough care for families at the former Stebbins-McCullough Funeral Chapel in Edmore.    

Surviving are his children, Cheryl & Don Johnson of Kissimmee, Florida, and Gregg & Donna Schuitema of Howard City;  a brother, Jim Schuitema of Jenison;  four grandchildren;  six great-grandchildren;  and several nieces and nephews.

Committal services, with military honors, are at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Road, Augusta.  Instead of flowers, Art would have appreciated contributions in his memory to either the American Cancer Society, the Old Fence Rider Museum of Edmore, The Lions Club, or Spectrum Health Hospice.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Art's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.  


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  1. Cheryl Johnson on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Give Mom a kiss for me. Love, Cheryl

  2. Dale and Judie Burmeister on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear of the passing of one of the 4 couple members.-á I can see Art and Carol, Tom and Deanna and Jim cresting test hill on the dunes.-á Hugs and prayers to all

  3. Dale and Judie Burmeister on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Sharing your sorrow

  4. Ginger on May 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    So many emotions!!-á My heart goes out to our family at the loss of a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle.-á You are now reunited with Aunt Carol, my Mom, and your parents.-á I hope you are all together enjoying each other once more!!-á Until we meet again Uncle Art!-á You will be missed!

  5. Sharon Browne on May 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Art was a wonderful man who helped build my house with Habitat for Humanity in Edmore. I will be forever grateful for his encouraging words that we’ll get this done (meaning my house) soon. He was also so good with my children. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family at this difficult time.

  6. Jan DeWitt on May 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss,-á Jim and I met Art and Carol on the dunes at Silver Lake more than 50 years ago and remained friends since then. Four couples remained friends through the years,-á now as Judy stated below Tom, Deanna, Art, Carol and Jim are together racing their dune buggies.-á-á Art was a caring, sincere and loyal friend.-á He will be greatly missed.-á Love and prayers to the family

  7. Laura Greenhoe on May 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    My deepest sympathies to the family.-á Art was a kind, caring, loving, compassionate man who I am thankful to have known & called a friend.-á I will miss you & your kindness.-á Rest in peace my friend.-á

  8. Gregg and Donna on May 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    We all Love and miss you Dad. The grandbabies were here this weekend and they love and miss you also….

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