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Herbert Newhouse, Jr., 86, passed away on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2015, and his wife, Delores Newhouse, 87, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, both at home in Kentwood under the loving care of family and Hospice.


Herbert was born on August 2, 1929 in Kalamazoo to Helen Mary (Schaffhauser) & Herbert P. Newhouse, Sr., while Delores was born on April 5, 1928 in Muskegon to Frieda Alma (Engelman) & Harry Elton Voorheis. Sweethearts since 8th grade, they married on Nov. 5, 1949 in Muskegon and enjoyed over 66 years of marriage. Herbert began a life-long career in automobile sales at the age of 19 and had owned several car dealerships over the years, while Delores was a devoted homemaker, wife, and mother. They had lived in Muskegon, Sparta, Rockford, Indianapolis, and Kentwood and had been members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.


They were preceded in death by a son, Tom Newhouse; and a daughter, Linda Barnum. Surviving are three children, Judy (John) Somers-Demaria, Jill (Mike) Kok, and Herbert “Todd” Newhouse III; Herbert’s sister, Bette Vanderwerp; Delores’ sister, Verle Kersch; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.


Memorial services for Herbert & Delores are at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8th at Cornerstone Church – 84th Street Campus, 1675 84th Street, Caledonia, with Pastor Brad Kalajainen officiating. A time of food and fellowship will follow the ceremony. 


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  1. Pete Wolters on January 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Condolences to the family. I enjoyed working with Herb, Jr. and HP, Sr. in the 50s in Sparta.

  2. Holly Schuck on January 6, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    So sorry to hear of Herb and Dees passing. Some of my favorite childhood memories include your family and the overwhelming love, fun, antics and hospitality in your home. Sending love and hugs from afar.

  3. Robin Rasmussen on January 10, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Judy and John,
    Im sorry to hear about Herbie
    and Dee. Sorry I couldnt be there Fri. but I was at work and couldnt get away. I hope
    to see you soon at Sheps.


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