Albert passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Allegan. He was born on January 22, 1931 in Byron Center the son of Sierd and Grace Hoekstra. Albert was married to the love of his life, Florence Belle Herbert on June 4, 1954 in Martin.
Albert left school at the age of 14 upon the death of his father. He became the bread winner for his mother and siblings at that time. His working years started in the onion fields near Hooper, then on to Blood Brothers in Allegan for about twenty years. Al started working for Lewis Schaafsma building houses in the Martin area. He truly loved building and was extremely meticulous in his field. One of his greatest joys was building a home for his son and his family.
Al and Florence moved to California in 1978 where they enjoyed so many adventures and Al continued building houses. They lived in North Carolina before returning to Michigan. After returning to Michigan they began wintering in Bradenton, Florida.
Al enjoyed sports, especially football and baseball. He and Florence were crazy about bluegrass music and attended numerous festivals between Michigan and Florida. They also enjoyed dining out and were always up for a card game.
Albert is survived by his son, Albert Jr. (Patsy) Hoekstra; two grandchildren, Jon (Amber) Hoekstra and Vanessa (Justin) Tillison; five great-grandchildren, Madelynn, Owen, Everett and Sawyer Hoekstra and Mason Tillison; sister, Gertrude Hoekstra; his in-laws, Barry (Linda) Herbert, Frank (Kathleen) Herbert, James (Terri) Herbert, Grace Herbert and Marlene Hoekstra and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence on January 23, 2019 and siblings, Jose Talsma, Flora (Dort) Zeinstra and Sierd Hoekstra.
According to his wishes cremation has taken place.
A memorial celebration will be held at a later time.
Contributions in memory of Albert may be made to Allegan County Medical Care Community.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.