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Age 70

Date of Death January 15, 2013

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18th, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19th, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Johansen officiating.
Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery with Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170 with the U.S. Air Force assisting.


Obituary Notice

Walter “Tom” VanOosterhout, age 70, of Three Rivers, formerly of Denver, CO. passed away very suddenly on Jan. 15, 2013 at the Borgess Medical Center. He was born in Chicago, IL., on Aug. 10, 1942 the son of the late Walter C. and Matilda “Tillie” (DePotter) VanOosterhout.
Tom has been a long time resident and active member of Three Rivers. He was employed by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Dept. for six years before moving to Denver, where he met the love of his life, his wife, Linda whom he married on August 26, 1976. He was employed by the Denver Police Dept. before moving back to Three Rivers and working for General Motors until retiring in 1995. He was also a courier for Southwestern Michigan Bank and Trust formerly First National.
Mr. VanOosterhout served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an E-4. He was honorably discharged. He was a member of the St. Joseph County Fraternal Order of Police and also the Three Rivers Elks B.P.O.E. #1248. Tom had a wonderful sense of humor and his joy was making people laugh through jokes. Walter’s life’s motto can be phrased as “Don’t sweat the small stuff” ,“Everything is small stuff” ,“If you don’t like my apples…Don’t shake my tree” and “You gotta have a sense of humor”.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife of 37 years, Linda (Alchermes) VanOosterhout, of Three Rivers, son, Peter VanOosterhout; daughter, Jennifer VanOosterhout; step-sons, Kevin Hart and Steven (Sarah) Hart; step-daughter, Mary (Karl) Huhnke; sister, Betty (the late Ernie) Knapp; brother, Robert(Mary)VanOosterhout; grandchildren, Katie (Joe) Winkler, Sarah (Lloyd) Sheteron, and Maggie (Michael) Swinehart; one great-grandchild, Landon Sheteron; brother-in-laws, Brian (Christy) Alchermes and Steve (Darie) Alchermes; sister-in-law, Janie (Joe) Riley.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorials may be donated to St. Joseph Animal Rescue Fund (A.R.F.) or T.R.A.M. Envelopes available at the funeral home.



Condolence Messages(12)
Tom was a wonderful person, always smiling and positive. He was an impressive law enforcement officer with a great combination of authority and compassion. God bless all of you.

Joe and Becky Van Oosterhout gave their condolences on 1/16/2013 at 8:34 PM


Jennifer...I am so sorry about your Dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Stears gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 8:36 AM


We are so sorry to hear that Tom has passed away. Sending our sincere sympathies to his family and hoping their pain will be lessened by remembering all of the good years they shared. Sadly, another member of the class of 1960 gone!

Colleen & Bob Rudd gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 3:17 PM


linda thinking of you often,sincere sympathies to you and your family.Fondly Hans

hans taege gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 3:27 PM


I am Tom's cousin. My earliest memory of Tom was at age 8 when we visited Chicago the summer of 1952. He was always friendly and I liked being around him. He visited us in Wyoming the year he moved to Denver and we had a great visit. I am sorry for your loss and pray for God's peace on your family.

RoseMarie Eastwood Isbell gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 3:34 PM


We are sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Tom always had a smile on his face and he always made me laugh. I will never forget the time he came dressed up like Santa for our son and my brother's children. Special memories of a special person.

Marie & Gary Barnes gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 5:56 PM


Linda, Ed and I were so sad to hear about Tom's passing. You and the rest of the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Big hugs to all of you.

Kathy & Ed Stephen gave their condolences on 1/18/2013 at 8:32 AM


We went to school together and went in the Air Force the same time. Tom was a great guy.

James Krepel gave their condolences on 1/18/2013 at 7:24 PM


We were sorry to hear about Tom and our prayers are with his family, relatives and friends. Judy is the former Judy Gilchrist and we both were classmates of 1960 with Tom. Judy worked with Betty Knapp at the former Johnson Corporation for many years and we hold you all in our hearts at this very sad time. John and Judy Mohney

John and Judy Mohney gave their condolences on 1/18/2013 at 10:07 PM


Tom was a gentleman to the max. He was quiet and beyond wise. I loved being around him, enjoyed his humor and his honesty. We were cousins and in my heart he will always be there for me.

Sharon Eastwood Mink gave their condolences on 1/19/2013 at 8:20 AM


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Age 70

Date of Death January 15, 2013

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18th, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19th, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Johansen officiating.
Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery with Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170 with the U.S. Air Force assisting.


Obituary Notice

Walter “Tom” VanOosterhout, age 70, of Three Rivers, formerly of Denver, CO. passed away very suddenly on Jan. 15, 2013 at the Borgess Medical Center. He was born in Chicago, IL., on Aug. 10, 1942 the son of the late Walter C. and Matilda “Tillie” (DePotter) VanOosterhout.
Tom has been a long time resident and active member of Three Rivers. He was employed by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Dept. for six years before moving to Denver, where he met the love of his life, his wife, Linda whom he married on August 26, 1976. He was employed by the Denver Police Dept. before moving back to Three Rivers and working for General Motors until retiring in 1995. He was also a courier for Southwestern Michigan Bank and Trust formerly First National.
Mr. VanOosterhout served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an E-4. He was honorably discharged. He was a member of the St. Joseph County Fraternal Order of Police and also the Three Rivers Elks B.P.O.E. #1248. Tom had a wonderful sense of humor and his joy was making people laugh through jokes. Walter’s life’s motto can be phrased as “Don’t sweat the small stuff” ,“Everything is small stuff” ,“If you don’t like my apples…Don’t shake my tree” and “You gotta have a sense of humor”.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife of 37 years, Linda (Alchermes) VanOosterhout, of Three Rivers, son, Peter VanOosterhout; daughter, Jennifer VanOosterhout; step-sons, Kevin Hart and Steven (Sarah) Hart; step-daughter, Mary (Karl) Huhnke; sister, Betty (the late Ernie) Knapp; brother, Robert(Mary)VanOosterhout; grandchildren, Katie (Joe) Winkler, Sarah (Lloyd) Sheteron, and Maggie (Michael) Swinehart; one great-grandchild, Landon Sheteron; brother-in-laws, Brian (Christy) Alchermes and Steve (Darie) Alchermes; sister-in-law, Janie (Joe) Riley.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorials may be donated to St. Joseph Animal Rescue Fund (A.R.F.) or T.R.A.M. Envelopes available at the funeral home.


Condolence Messages(12)
Tom was a wonderful person, always smiling and positive. He was an impressive law enforcement officer with a great combination of authority and compassion. God bless all of you.

Joe and Becky Van Oosterhout gave their condolences on 1/16/2013 at 8:34 PM


Jennifer...I am so sorry about your Dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Stears gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 8:36 AM


We are so sorry to hear that Tom has passed away. Sending our sincere sympathies to his family and hoping their pain will be lessened by remembering all of the good years they shared. Sadly, another member of the class of 1960 gone!

Colleen & Bob Rudd gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 3:17 PM


linda thinking of you often,sincere sympathies to you and your family.Fondly Hans

hans taege gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 3:27 PM


I am Tom's cousin. My earliest memory of Tom was at age 8 when we visited Chicago the summer of 1952. He was always friendly and I liked being around him. He visited us in Wyoming the year he moved to Denver and we had a great visit. I am sorry for your loss and pray for God's peace on your family.

RoseMarie Eastwood Isbell gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 3:34 PM


We are sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Tom always had a smile on his face and he always made me laugh. I will never forget the time he came dressed up like Santa for our son and my brother's children. Special memories of a special person.

Marie & Gary Barnes gave their condolences on 1/17/2013 at 5:56 PM


Linda, Ed and I were so sad to hear about Tom's passing. You and the rest of the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Big hugs to all of you.

Kathy & Ed Stephen gave their condolences on 1/18/2013 at 8:32 AM


We went to school together and went in the Air Force the same time. Tom was a great guy.

James Krepel gave their condolences on 1/18/2013 at 7:24 PM


We were sorry to hear about Tom and our prayers are with his family, relatives and friends. Judy is the former Judy Gilchrist and we both were classmates of 1960 with Tom. Judy worked with Betty Knapp at the former Johnson Corporation for many years and we hold you all in our hearts at this very sad time. John and Judy Mohney

John and Judy Mohney gave their condolences on 1/18/2013 at 10:07 PM


Tom was a gentleman to the max. He was quiet and beyond wise. I loved being around him, enjoyed his humor and his honesty. We were cousins and in my heart he will always be there for me.

Sharon Eastwood Mink gave their condolences on 1/19/2013 at 8:20 AM


Without the help of the developed countries the underdeveloped countries are not able to develop. A country who wants best dissertation service to develop then they should give free education to their citizens and give all the basic facilities to them.

Thomas M. Ferreira gave their condolences on 7/6/2015 at 6:53 AM


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