VERHAGE, DONALD LEE
Don passed away on Friday morning, April 13, 2018. He was born on May 15, 1945 in Kalamazoo. On June 24, 1966, he was married to Cynthia A. Wells. Don served in the US Navy Reserve and also Michigan National Guard for several years. He was employed by General Motors in Kalamazoo for 35 years until his retirement. Don volunteered at American Red Cross and United Way of Kalamazoo. He was a proud member of the N.R.A. (National Rifle Association) and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Don was active in the Oakwood Neighborhood Association helping to improve Kalamazoo's Oakwood Neighborhood. He was also member of Kalamazoo County R.A.C.E.S. (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) and City of Kalamazoo C.D.A.A.C. (Community Development Act Advisory Committee). Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Cyndy Verhage; their two children: Jennifer Verhage and Jason (Janis) Verhage; three grandchildren: Jonah, Eliana and Maci Verhage; sister-in-law: Pam (Bill) Ingraham; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his mother: Leona (Miller) Verhage; brother: Alan Verhage (as a child); and two half-sisters: Barb Laurin and Evelyn Cole. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Monday, April 16, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th Street, where a funeral service to celebrate Don's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 17. Entombment will follow in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be directed to American Red Cross or Kalamazoo United Way.