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Pieter Lion passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 3, 2018. He was born in Groningen, Netherlands on May 23, 1945. 

Lion immigrated to the U.S. in 1953 where he attended Grand Rapids Christian schools and was a graduate of Calvin College. He served as an Intelligence Advisor in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 and in the Michigan National Guard. Pieter was a proud U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. During his time in the Army he earned a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and an Army Commendation Medal. Pieter was decorated by the U.S. Army and the Army of the Republic of South Vietnam.

From 1974 to 1991 Lion was employed by Holiday Inn Corporation as a General Manager and District Director. He managed hotels in Indiana, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida and Texas. He served as District Director for franchised Holiday Inn hotels in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania. From 1991 until 2000 he was a Partner and served as Vice President of Operations for Holly’s Inc. from 2001 until his death. Pieter and his wife Patricia owned and operated the Rosemont Inn Resort in Douglas, Michigan.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Holiday Inns, President of the Arkansas Hotel and Motel Association, board member of the American Hotel and Motel Association, the North Little Rock Convention Bureau, and was a member and officer in the SKAL Clubs of Little Rock, Miami, Houston, and Detroit. He was a member and chairman of the board of directors of the Grand Rapids Visitor and Convention Bureau, and a member of the board of directors of the H. Henry Meeter Center at Calvin College. Pieter was a member and Chair of the Douglas Planning Commission, and member of the Tri-Community Planning Commission. He was appointed to the Village of Douglas Council and served as President of the Douglas Council.

Pieter loved dogs, photography, fly-fishing, reading & rare books, and classical music, especially Bach. He enjoyed studying logic, history, and military ethics. He was a fan of Manchester United and Netherlands National soccer team.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Derk & Geppy (Noorman) Lion; two sisters; and a brother, all of whom died in infancy. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Derk (Kriszta Nagy); daughter, Katharine (Nicolas Rojas); grandson, Oliver; and brother, Jerry.

His family welcomes you to attend a celebration of life gathering from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10th at the Rosemont Inn Resort, 83 Lakeshore Drive, Douglas, 49406. A private committal service with full military honors will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta at a later date.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. Exclusive provider of Veteran’s Funeral Care. 


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  1. Debbie Hoyt on June 5, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Pieter was a wonderful man. I joined Holiday Inn in 1990. He was the one person who reinforced my abilities to be a manager. He impressed me as being warm, dignified, honest, kind and intelligent. Pieter gave me the confidence I needed. I will be forever grateful to him. I look at him as being an inspiration to me and Im sure many others.
    My deepest sympathy to his family. This was one man who left a part of himself in our hearts.

  2. Mary Heuchan-Compton on June 12, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I just read in the Commercial Record, of Peter’s death. I knew Peter when I would visit the lakeshore. We would talk about anything. Pat and Peter would always welcome me to their home at the Rosemont. May Lion family know that Peter was a dear, to all and had an ear to listen to anyone. Love, Mare

  3. Victor Glowacki on June 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Pat, We are very sad to hear about Pieter’s passing. Having spent the Fourth of July at the Rosemont Inn for the past several years, we had the pleasure of getting to know Pieter. He was the consummate host. He was also incredibly modest. I never knew how numerous and great his accomplishments were until I read his obituary. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Victor and Bill

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