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Carl Holland

Carl was a devoted Christian, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday morning, June 13, 2018.

Carl was born May 26, 1919 in Kalamazoo to Everett and Cora (Deurloo) Holland. He grew up and learned the lessons of hard work in his father’s dairy. He attended Otsego Public Schools and believed himself to be the last of the Otsego Class of 1937. Carl owned Holland’s Dairy and retired from the Eaton Corporation in Kalamazoo in 1980. He completed a course at the Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College and a 5 year Moody Bible Institute Correspondence Course. He continued to study theology and prayed daily for his family. Carl was baptized at 9 years old at the Otsego Baptist Church and remained a member his whole life. On October 10, 1942 he married Kathleen Fuller at the Plainwell Baptist Church. They were married nearly 70 years, she preceded him in death on December 12, 2011.Carl enjoyed traveling extensively with his wife. Their destinations included Hawaii, Canadian National Parks and the Holy Land. He was an avid fan of his children’s sporting events at the high school and college level. Carl enjoyed weight lifting, tennis, golf, and sailing on Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico off Florida. Although playing the accordion brought him much joy, his greatest joy was his study of the scriptures and his love for the Lord.

Survivors include his children, David (Sandy) Holland of Oshtemo, Daniel (Lynn) Holland of Austin, Texas, Donald (Cherie) Holland of Portage, Dale (Patricia) Holland of Plainwell, Carleen (James) Gilligan of Plainwell, and Marleen VanLent of Plainwell, 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and his sister Lucille Hocking Lesman.

Friends may visit with the family from 5 – 7 PM on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego. The family will greet friends at 10 AM Saturday at the Otsego Baptist Church where funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM. Graveside Services will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Memorials may be made to the Otsego Baptist Church,  or the

Hospice Care of South West Michigan


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John and Terry Nelson

June 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Carleen and Jim so sorry for your Loss you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Tim and Marcia Quigley and Family

June 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm

Dear Carleen, Jim and Family,

We were so so saddened to hear of your father’s passing. We send our love and prayers to all of you! Hang onto your memories, cherish them, and please know that your father is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!


Charles Veenkant

June 13, 2018 at 9:20 pm

So sorry for your loss of your father


Linda and Steve Leafdale

June 13, 2018 at 10:59 pm

Dear Carleen, Jim and family, Steve and I were very sad to hear about your father. There are not any words that can make his passing any easier. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you guys!!


Greg weaver

June 14, 2018 at 8:57 am

What a great man and neighbor, He was one of the nicest people i ever met, You will be missed Mr Holland, Prayers for your Family,


John Pullen

June 14, 2018 at 9:53 am

Don it was good to see you at the VFW Post yesterday. I was saddened when you told me that your father had passed away.

Lucy and I send you and your family our deepest sympathies for your loss. Your father and mother raised a great group of children.



Vicki Parmater Harris

June 14, 2018 at 10:11 am

Carleen and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a highly respected man in your community. My fondest memory of him was when he volunteered me to sit on one of the ponies he was training. Take care.

Sincerely, Vicki Parmater Harris


Dave and Stephenie Makela

June 14, 2018 at 12:22 pm

So very sorry for your loss. Carl was a very enjoyable neighbor.


Sue & Mike Topp

June 14, 2018 at 2:51 pm

Don & Cherie,

So sorry for the loss of your dad, Don. We are sending prayers of comfort to help you. What a long & wonderful marriage to your mom.

Now they are together again. Wish we could have known him, sounds like he was quite a guy!

Love to all your family,

Mike & Sue Topp


Maggie Himschoot

June 14, 2018 at 2:58 pm

Marleen and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


The Fry's

June 14, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Don & Cherie – we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Our prayers are with you & your family at this time.


Barb Gulbranson

June 14, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Marleen and family – I am so sorry for the loss of your father/grandfather. I met him the one time and knew what a wonderful Christian man he was. You were very blessed to have him so long. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make the funeral, but you are all in my prayers.


Terry VanLent

June 14, 2018 at 7:19 pm

I’m am so sorry for your loss, he was such a sweet, kind, caring man…I’m glad I had the pleasure of knowing him. We are praying for your hearts to heal, Love Terry


Nancy Shirah

June 15, 2018 at 8:15 am

Don and Cherie,

Our deepest sympathy goes out to your entire family at this time.

May your hearts ♥️ be filled with joyous memories made.


Nancy Shirah & Ginny Etheridge


Carol Winkel Wuebbling

June 15, 2018 at 9:14 am

Big Daddy was super-sized, both in outgoing personality and in character, always setting the best example for us all. You ‘kids’ were so blessed to have him and your mom as parents. It seems impossible that he’s gone, but I know you have wonderful memories to sustain you. God grant you comfort and peace.


Robin Eadie

June 15, 2018 at 12:35 pm

To my cousins and their families:

I am beyond blessed to have been led by God to visit with Uncle Carl last summer when I was home. I will cherish the memory forever. It was just the two of us as he shared a story from when he and Aunt Katie were younger. We laughed…and there were also tears. What a gift I was given.

This is bittersweet as I am saddened by his loss …but yet I am happy for him. His faith was so strong that he exuded an assurance that all will be well. He is where he wanted to be and once again with his beloved. In his parting, he left us all with a sense of peace and comfort.

My thoughts are with you now and in the coming days. Hold on to the peace, the comfort, and your memories.


John & Diane Glessner

June 15, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Dear Holland family,

We would like to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of your sweet father. We enjoyed talking with him when we’d visit my Aunt Joyce at Stanford Lodge. He was such a gentleman! And of course John has special memories of him and your family when he stayed with his buddy, Dan as a kid. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

With Love,

John & Diane


Lynne Boss Fahrne

June 15, 2018 at 6:29 pm

My deepest sympathies. God bless the family with peace, comfort and guidance.


Karen Koehn

June 15, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Carleen & Jim,

My deepest, sincerest condolences to you and the family. May God give you blessings and strength to help you through this sad time. If there is anything I can do for you (as you have done for me) please ask me. God Bless.


Craig & Lorna Sisson

June 15, 2018 at 10:27 pm

What a difficult loss for all of you. Your father was an amazing man. He was always so ambitious even in his later years. He had to be in his mid 90s the last time I saw him on a ladder up against his house and was so worried about him. I went by again to check on him and he was working in the yard…unbelievable. He always had a smile for everyone and was so gracious. We loved talking with him; he always left you feeling good. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with your loss. How blessed you were to have him for so long. May your wonderful memories sustain you through this difficult time.


Lorna and Craig


Sherry (Meacham) & Don Hurlbut

June 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Dear Don & Cherie and the Holland Families! We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Although you will miss him, I’m sure you feel blessed to have had him for a great number of years! May your memories, and I’m sure there are many, help you get through the difficult times. Your Dad is now with his Lord and with his loving wife. Sending prayers to all! Love, Sherry & Don


Bill and Louanne VerSluis-Collins

June 19, 2018 at 9:40 am

So sorry to hear your father passed, Dale. He was a good man.


Arch & Sandy Woodstock

June 19, 2018 at 11:32 am

Sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. Wonderful to know that he shares heaven with his Savior.

Remember the summers at Gull Lake when he and Katie were our youth sponsors. Many fond memories, his passing is a sad time for many who knew him and loved him.

We are remembering the family in prayer, God will be your comforter.


Jeanne (Harper) Van Eerden

June 19, 2018 at 9:25 pm

To all the family of Carl Holland: My heart goes out to all of you as your Dad has crossed over to his heavenly home. One thing is sure, heaven is rejoicing that Carl is home. May your sweet memories of him and your Mom bring you comfort and peace. I am forever grateful for your Dad as my Sunday School teacher and my fundamental upbringing. He was a dear heart to all who knew him.


Lynne Cook

June 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Very sorry to hear of your loss, Marleen, Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


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