Mr. VanHaitsma was born October 9, 1957 in Flint to Maurice VanHaitsma and Shirley Merritt. He graduated from Evart High School in 1975 and then attended Grand Rapids Business College. William was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was nearly a lifelong Evart area resident. Bill worked 12 years at Evart Products until his health forced him to retire in 2006. He married Susan Ann Sutherby on July 20, 2012 in Harrison. Mr. VanHaitsma was past commander of DAV Post 105 of Lake, Michigan. He was an avid Detroit Lions fan.
His wife Susan VanHaitsma of Lake, daughter Barbara VanHaitsma at home, stepson Ryan Sutherby at home, his father Maurice “Mike” (Nancy) VanHaitsma of Prudenville, 2 sisters, Christina (Paul) Sindoris of Florida and Rhonda Adams of Florida, 2 brothers, Ronald (Kim) VanHaitsma of Reed City and Marvin VanHaitsma of Benton Harbor, and many nieces and nephews survive him. His mother, Shirley Barbara Collins preceded him in death in 2011.
Funeral services for William Charles VanHaitsma are 1:00pm Friday March 15th at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart with Chaplain Hector Vasquez officiating. Visitation will take place Friday 11:00am until time of services at the funeral home.