DE BRUINE (Cedar Springs) Mr. Gordon De Bruine, age 83, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 5, 2012, following a courageous 12 year battle with Alzheimer’s. His mind is now renewed. Gordon grew up on the northwest side of Grand Rapids and graduated in 1947 from Creston High School. Gordon entered the US Army 175th Military Battalion during the Korean Conflict, serving in the Military Police. Patricia lived across the street from Gordon and somehow the ball that he threw always ended up in her yard. Their first date was on a Sunday afternoon drive; later they began to attend church together. When Gordon called at her house with the purpose of asking his permission to marry Patricia, her father answered the door with a gun in his hand. They were married on September 27, 1951. Gordon worked at American Seating and then joined the Grand Rapids Press, retiring as a District Sales Manager. Following his retirement, he worked for Maas Construction. He and Patricia were members of Orchard Hill Reformed Church. Prior to that they were members of Oakview Reformed Church where Gordon served as Elder, Youth Leader, sang in the choir, and was a member of the King’s Choraliers. He and Patricia enjoyed taking cruises, golfing, bowling, working puzzles, and playing cards with friends. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia (nee) Walkons; son, Steven James (Shirley) De Bruine; grandchildren, Kelly Lynn De Bruine, Kyle De Bruine, Randy De Bruine, Mitchell De Bruine, and Allie Pohler; brother, Alvin (Nancy) De Bruine; sister, Mrs. Corinne Vanderveer; and nieces and nephews. The service for Mr. De Bruine was held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Orchard Hill Reformed Church, 1465 3 Mile Rd., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544, with Dr. Richard Bates officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Orchard Hill Reformed Church or the Christian Rest Home Foundation, 1000 Edison NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford