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John Aalsburg of West Olive Michigan, age 96, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

He was 18 days shy of his 97th birthday, Dec. 23, 1923.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Margery (Bunny) and son, Steven Aalsburg .

He is survived by his children, Nanci Aalsburg, Bert VanAalsburg, Polly (Jeff) Hall, and daughter-in-law, Mary Aalsburg, grandchildren, Michael and Jamie Aalsburg, Cody Hall and Stacy (Ryan) Aalsburg-Chau, great-granddaughters, Anastasia and Sydney Aalsburg-Chau.

John graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, went to Michigan Tech for Civil Engineering then entered the Army in 1943. He fought in WWII in the 81st Combat Engineers, 106 Infantry Division, Golden Lions and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war John continued his education at Michigan State University.

He was a cofounder of Aalsburg Builders with his brother Ted in 1947. Years later he went on to work for other area building companies as a project manager. In retirement John loved to work on his cousin Henrietta’s (Henri) farm in Iowa, doing missionary work in Louisiana, and repairing hurricane damaged homes. He loved being on the go and staying busy, made friends easily with his loving spirit and great sense of humor. John will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The family is having a private memorial service in the near future. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in John’s name to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe N.E. Grand Rapids Michigan 49505.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign John’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Olaf McDaniel on December 12, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Dear members of the Aalsburg family and further relatives,

    We are sorry that our dear Uncle John passed away just before his 97th birthday. We share many happy memories with him, especially during his visit to the Netherlands in 2012. What an energy and spirit he radiated! Later we met him many times at the Aalsburg reunions. He will be missed. We wish all family members and friends the strength in coping with this loss.

    Greetings from the McDaniel side of the family,
    Olaf McDaniel, Leiderdorp The Netherlands.

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