He worked as a mechanical engineer for Pettibone Corporation in Chicago and Barnes & Reinecke also in Chicago. He enjoyed nature, traveling, astronomy, ancient history and wood working. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1949 to 1952. He retired in 1995 and moved to Williamsport, Indiana. He has lived with his son, Don, since January 2018.
He is survived by his children: David (Michelle) Hoitenga of Kansas City, Missouri, Martha (Mike) Delgado of Fort Worth, Texas, Donald (Laura) Hoitenga of Grand Haven, Mary (Alex) LaBoy of Fort Worth, Texas, Bobby Barragan of Hammond, Indiana, and Evelyn Meredith of Rossville, Indiana. He has 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. His surviving siblings are Donald (Diane) Hoitenga of Lake City and Wilfred (Cheryl) Hoitenga of LeRoy; in-laws, James Cooper of Reed City and Daniel Williams of Marion; and his former wife, Beverly Bravo of Fort Worth, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jeanne Hoitenga in 2016; his children and in-laws: Gregory Hoitenga, Ann Rodriguez, Kenneth Weisner, Bernard and Wanda Hoitenga, Richard Hoitenga, Mary Ann Williams, and Rosalie Cooper.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 12, 2018, at the Northland Community Church (5855 S. Morey Road, McBain, MI 49657), and visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5-8 p.m. at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will take place in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cadillac. A luncheon will follow the services at the church.
Thoughts and prayers may be left at www.burkholderfamilyfuneralhome.com.