Harold F. VanEffen

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died June 10th, 2014

Harold F. VanEffen, 83, Gladstone, passed away early Tuesday evening, June 10, 2014 at Christian Park Healthcare Center.

He was born in Escanaba on July 23, 1930, the son of August and Lena (Ambeau) VanEffen, Sr.

Harold graduated from Escanaba High School in 1948.

On May 26, 1950, he married Doris Carlson at St. Patrick’s Church in Escanaba.

Harold worked at Harnischfeger for 30 years as a welder and assemblier. He retired in 1983. Harold was an avid golfer at the Escanaba Country Club.

He is survived by four sons, Terry (Pat) VanEffen of Kent, WA, Steven (Nora) VanEffen of Fenton, MI, Robert (Yvonne) VanEffen of Escanaba, David (Carla) VanEffen of Dougsville, GA; brother, Ken (Elly) VanEffen; sisters, Rita (Herb) Caron, Betty Tryan, Carol “Midge” Wallin; seven grandchildren, Katie, Christopher, Malena, Chad, Nicholas, Victoria, Mackenzie; eight great grandchildren, Ian, Collin, Noah, Ariadne, Siyah, Hailey, Sadie, Nathan; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris; brothers, August Jr., Raymond, Gary; and sisters, Irene, Jackie, Leuta, Millie, Marjorie, Mary Jane, and Susan.

Per Harold’s request, no services will be held.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the VanEffen family.

One Tribute to “Harold F. VanEffen”

  1. Dear Cousins,

    “Uncle Harold” will be missed. I had a LOT of fun with him over the years. Will never forget the CLASSIC “Old Guys vs. Young Brats” golf matches. The golf was always secondary to the LAUGHS!

    I also recall when Sara got married, Oct 2012, and I was about “frozen” walking her up the aisle…when I then heard “ kid!..” Looking to my right, there was Unc Harold, smilin’ away, which helped settle me right down. 😉

    As I told Rob: “Ma probably already has him by the hair at the gates of heaven.” LOL

    And he once again can tell her….”Me, too, Ma!” (One of my ALL TIME favorite lines.)

    Thanks for the memories, good times, and laughs, “Unc”…and God Bless!


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