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September 10, 1924 - April 15, 2018

The family will receive friends on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 5p-7p at the funeral home. A service in honor of Pete will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at Comstock Christian Reformed Church. located at 5300 Comstock Avenue with Pastor Ben Hulst officiating. A graveside committal ceremony will immediately follow the service. Pete will be laid to rest next to his wife at Maple Grove Cemetery in Comstock.

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Age 93. Pete passed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday morning, April 15, 2018. He was born on September 10, 1924 in Broek Op Langedijk, The Netherlands, to Jan Paulus and Aaltje DenHartigh. He fought the Nazi Occupation as part of the Resistance Movement during World War II. He survived both the Occupation and as Prisoner of War in a Nazi Concentration Camp, where he relied on his faith and God given strength to survive. He came to America in 1947. He began his career as a herdsman in Maryland and also met and married the love of his life, Jacoba “Coos” and later moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Peter had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a very dedicated father, husband and Opa, who had a strong religious and spiritual center. He was extremely fond of music, specifically the Dutch Men’s choirs. He enjoyed marching band music and also played in a band when he lived in the Netherlands. Pete and his wife “Coos” made sure that their family enjoyed a summer vacation every year; going to a “cottage” and traveling to Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Comstock Christian Reformed Church for 63 years, where he served as Deacon, Elder, Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent. Sharing his love for Jesus was his joy and passion and talked freely with anyone and truly enjoyed helping others. Peter owned and operated DenHartigh’s Greenhouses for over 30 years and prior to that was a salesman and driver for Oven-Fresh Bakery. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Jacoba “Coby” DenHartigh, his 3 sisters and two brothers. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, John Paul (Ann) DenHartigh; William Richard DenHartigh, Linda (Jan) Vermeulen; Donald Peter (Penny) DenHartigh his brother, Willem DenHartigh, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.