Earl H. Koning

Earl H. Koning
Earl H. Koning, of Alamo went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, June 9, 2007. He will be remembered for his favorite hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul”. Earl was born March 27, 1928 in Kalamazoo to Swier John and Dena (Yzenbaard) Koning. He was life-long resident of KalamazooCounty. He attended Hillcrest, Vine St., Lincoln Jr. High and was a 1946 graduate of KalamazooCentralHigh School. He enlisted in the US Navy from 1946-1948, serving 18 months on the Island of Guam. On February 19, 1949 he married Pearl Tammeling of Chicago, who survives; they were married for 58 years. Also surviving are a son Thomas (Connie) Koning of Kalamazoo and a daughter Arlene J. (Andy) Wykstra of Martin, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Also surviving are 2 sisters, Shirley (Bob) Luckey and Elleen (Frank) French, a brother Donald (Jo) Koning; sisters-in-law Bette Koning and Saundra (Dave) Ives. He and his wife were foster parents for several children in KalamazooCounty. Preceding him in death were his parents, a son Mark J. Koning, brothers John (Tina), Ralph, Harry (Betty) and Norman Koning, sisters Nellie (Walt) Thompson and Doris (Herman) Clear. Earl’s milk delivery career began at the early age of 12 when he helped his dad deliver milk to homes. During his high school years he worked for Bonnema Dairy, Kalamazoo Creamery and did janitorial work at KalamazooCentralHigh School. After his term in the Navy he worked for City Star Disposal and Courtesy Disposal. He later worked at Lockshore Farms Diary for 19 years in wholesale, retail and route supervision. He was known to his customers as “The Friendly Milkman”. In 1973 he and his wife started their own milk distributing company. In 1979 the business was sold to Bareman Dairy (Holland, MI) where he continued to work till his retirement in 1993.He was a charter member of Westwood Reformed Church and Faith Reformed Church serving as Elder, Deacon, Sunday school teacher and Boy’s Club Leader. He was a former member of Reformed Baptist Church and recently attended Faith Chapel Ministries. He served for many years on the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission Board of Directors. Earl began his political career as Alamo Township Trustee from 1964-1968 and again from 1992-1996. He was elected to the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners for 2 terms 1968-1972 serving as vice-chairman in 1971 and chairman in 1972. During these 2 terms he had the honor of representing Kalamazoo at the launching of the U.S.S. Kalamazoo in Boston. In 1971 he participated in the ground breaking for the new county jail facility on Lake Street. In 1973 he served as chairman of the Kalamazoo County Republican party. He continued to serve on the Kalamazoo County Board of Public works for 17 years. Earl was a 4-H leader for several years in the Alamo 4-H Club. Friends may meet the family Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego. Private burial will take place at LibertyCemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at Faith Chapel Ministries, 7736 W. G Ave., between 6th and 7th Streets, Pastor Thomas L. Koning (son) officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith Chapel Ministries, Kalamazoo Gospel Mission or charity of choice.
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