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William “Bill” Land, a retired police officer for the city of Kentwood passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 75 years young. He was born February 20, 1946, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the late Robert and Laura (Holmes) Land.  Bill was an Army veteran who served his Country with honor during the Vietnam War as a member of the 1st Infantry Division in 1967-1968.

Bill drove Sportsman model race cars at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI for nearly 2 decades exhibiting his pride in being a police officer with a paint scheme of a police car and his FOP Lodge number as his car number “173.”  Unfortunately, Bill was injured during a race in 1999, ending his racing career.

He was a man of Faith who had a close relationship with Jesus Christ His Savior who he can now be with.  Bill was a member of the Grand Rapids Barbershop Chorus for several years, also partnering up with other members of the chorus to form multiple recognized quartets, competing nationally.

Survivors include his two sons, Jeff (Jennifer) and Chris (Nasia) Land; 7 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Phyllis and Barb; long-time loved friend, Nancy Matson; and kitty, Taylor.  Bill treasured his pets and is joined together again with his dogs, Travis & Buddy.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 1, 2021, from Noon until 1:00 p.m. at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49548, with the funeral service at 1:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial of Bill’s cremated remains will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006, exclusive provider of Veteran’s Funeral Care.


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  1. Marcia Kaye on October 29, 2021 at 10:39 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family. I remember him well from High School. Sounds like he had an amazing life & thank you Bill for your service.

  2. Michael Robinson on October 30, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    My prayers and thoughts are with the Land Family. I pray that God comforts you in your time of mourning.

  3. Douglas Wegener on October 31, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    I worked with Bill for many years at KPD. It was an honor to know Bill, to work with him, to be a friend outside of work. I have many wonderful memories of Bill both working & socializing with him. A great man who would give you the shirt off his back to help you. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends and loved ones. RIP Bill.

  4. Chris Land on November 2, 2021 at 5:02 am

    My Dad may not have been perfect, who is? But, he was the perfect figure to mold me into the man I am today.
    I miss him.
    I will treasure the memories you gave to me.
    Love you Dad!

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