Jeffrey W. Walantyn

Jeffrey W. Walantyn
Jeffrey W. Walantyn passed away at Bronson Methodist Hospital on Saturday, February 21, 2009. Jeff was born March 9, 1958 in South Haven to Donald and Virginia (Newnum) Walantyn and was raised and worked on the family farm. He graduated from Bangor High School, where he was president of the FFA, receiving the Farmer of the Year Award in 1976. For many years he was employed with the U.S. Postal Service in Otsego and in Kalamazoo and served as the Union Safety Chairman. Jeff enjoyed reading and had taught himself to read at age 3. He also enjoyed camping, music, bowling, Euchre, softball and was an expert on sports statistics. He was very outgoing, made friends easily and was non-judgmental. He was a great uncle, treating all of his nieces and nephews as if they were his children. On September 22, 1990 in Allegan he married his sweetheart, Norma Warning, who survives. Also surviving are 3 brothers and 3 sisters, Mike (Roxie) Walantyn of Grand Junction, Patti (Jerry) Spate of Weidman, Don Walantyn, Jr. of Bangor, Dan (Melissa) Walantyn and Amy Paul, both of South Haven, and Suzi (James) Zurek of Seattle, WA; 25 nieces and nephews; 21 great nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; his brotherhood of co-workers and many friends. Friends may meet the family from 5 to 8 P.M.Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the  Winkel Funeral Home, 207 E. Allegan St., Otsego, Michigan, where Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M.Friday, February 27, 2009, Rev. Fr. James O’Leary officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that random acts of kindness be performed in Jeff’s honor.
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