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Joseph John Hitts, age 61, of Kentwood, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

The son of James B. & Nettie Mae (Collins) Hitts, he was born on June 21, 1952 in Fremont. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Joe had worked as a plant manager in rolled steel manufacturing.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Lou (Kooienga) Hitts, of Kentwood; and their children.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place and final interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery near Battle Creek.

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  1. wife bonnie hitts on July 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I have never been loved so much by anyone, nor have I loved anyone so much. Thank you for 30 years of love and happiness.

    I will be with you someday, my darling. I love you and always will. bon

  2. Wendy Nichole Poelman on July 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Dad, I could never thank you enough for the past 30plus years. You will forever be in our hearts and minds! With all my love and respect, your daughter, Wendy (Chicago)
    I love you always and forever…It’s god’s turn to take care of you…

  3. Randall Scott Poelman on July 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Dear Dad (Pilgrim)

    Thanks for all the wonderful memories and being such a great, loving, caring and understanding husband and father.I’ll never forget… all the fishing, camping and game nights we used to have. Thanks for being a friend along with being my dad. You WILL be missed immensely, by us all. I’m just happy you are “pain free” now. Save a spot for us in Heaven.

  4. Eric Poelman on July 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Well dad I guess it was finally time. I am not going to try to pick out a favorite memory of us because there is way too many and putting it in here would not do it justice of what is in my head. But what I do want to put into print is the way u loved and cared for my mom. People should look at and take lessons from u on what devotion to your wife really means. If I am half of the husband,father, and friend that you were I will consider my life a complete success. You will be loved and missed by all who had the pleasure to really know you. Goodbye for now dad…
    Eric :)

  5. peggy jo bailey on July 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    so sorry to hear about the loss of joe. may the memories you hold in your heart comfort you at this time

  6. Pam Waite on July 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Love you, Bonnie and family!!

  7. Christina Beach on July 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Uncle Joe, you were an amazing person! I have so many good memories of you. I loved your sense of humor the most. Thank you for always making everyone around you feel special. You were perfect for Aunt Bonnie and I learned a lot about what I wanted in a husband watching the way you treated her over the years. I miss you, but I will see you again. Love, Tina

  8. patty czuhai on July 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Joe, You Were Lots Of Fun In The Pool And Cooked Great food On The Grill. Your Home Was My Second Home And You Brought Tears To My Eyes, Not Because Of The Teddy Best Song, But Because You Are Missed. Rest In Peace. Love You. Patty.

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