Birth date: May 11, 1923
Death date: April 1, 2012
Paul Kranendonk, slipped into the arms of his Creator and Savior on Palm Sunday morning, April 1, 2012, after a long and fulfilling life. Paul was predeceased by his first wife of 48 years, Catherine. He will be missed dearly by his wife of 11 years, Lynn and by both families. Paul leaves behind three daughters, Paulette and Bob Israels, Marian and Dick Morrow, Shirley and Jay Schmick of Omro, WI. There are five grandchildren, David and Stephanie Israels, Michelle and John Ogdahl, Jason and Katie Israels, Paul Johnson and Jared Schmick; and 10 great grandchildren. Paul's stepchildren include Cynthia and Gordon Goudzwaard, Lisa and Jim Nagel, Stephen Dykman. The step grandchildren of Paul and Lynn are Mary Rose Nagel, John A. Nagel, and Stephen Paul Dykman. Paul was raised in a family of 12 siblings and he was the oldest brother. He is also survived by six sisters and two brothers: Marie and Reis Den Hoed, Yakima Valley, WA and the remaining living in the Netherlands; many nieces and nephews. Paul was an avid reader of History and Geography. He often read his books of World War II and was fascinated with many of the generals and their strategies. He loved to read about and discuss politics. He respected President Reagan as a great leader. Paul and Lynn had a wonderful life of travel to native Netherlands, Mexico and St. Peters, Florida, where they met friends from other countries. Their most favorite place was to drive to Grand Haven to the Bil-Mar Restaurant. He was the head grower of Molesta Floral and worked until he was 84. He was very aware of God's order through the planting cycles in their perfect season. He knew God as his Strength, His Friend, His Peace and God's Joy radiated from his smile every morning. He loved life, family, people, and always greeted everyone with a smile. The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Breton Manor for their compassionate care. Funeral services will be held Thursday 1:00 pm at the Alger Park Christian Reformed Church with Rev. David Deters and Rev. Ecko DeVries officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday 4 to 7 pm at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel and Thursday from noon until 1 pm at church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to be used as a memorial at Frederick Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park.