Van Regenmorter, William J.
VAN REGENMORTER: On Monday, June 18, 2012 William J. Van Regenmorter, age 73, of Georgetown Township, passed from his home on earth to his home in heaven to live with his Lord, whom he loved and served. He is now free from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease which he endured for the past 9 years. He was born on January 29, 1939 to William Sr. and Zora (Van Oss) of Jamestown, MI. Bill was a man of integrity, humility, and had compassion for all people. His life’s motto was based on Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Bill served in the state legislature in both the House and Senate for 24 years and was chair of the Judiciary Committee for 16 years. He was a consistent supporter of family values and is best known for having authored the Crime Victim’s Rights Act. He helped over 30 other states write their crime victim’s rights laws. During his last term in office, his colleagues re-named the law to the “William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim’s Rights Act.” He started the Crime Victim Foundation to assist victims and for 20 years hosted the annual crime victim vigil at the Capitol. Other accomplishments include two successful amendments to the Michigan Constitution, having over 150 bills signed into law, being named legislator of the year 12 times, and being the recipient of over 100 awards, including three national awards. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Cheryl (DeVries); 4 children and 10 grandchildren whom he adored, Deb and Dale Hoekwater (Abbey and Jacob Vriesman, Chase, Macy, Grayden), Jeff and Lynn Van Regenmorter (Logan, Jack, Camden), Dan and Chris Van Regenmorter (Mallory, Kendall, Avery), and Jon Van Regenmorter. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Robert and Carolyn Van Regenmorter, Neil and Mary Van Regenmorter, John and Sylvia Van Regenmorter, Judy and Richard Hartwell, Ann and Roy Axford; close cousins, Martha Van Klompenberg, Nancy (David) Bos; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rodger and Phyllis DeVries, Marva and Bob Van Dyke, Lora and David Nicholson; many extended family members and friends. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 11 am on Friday at Baldwin Street Christian Reformed Church, where he was a charter member, 2101 Baldwin St., Jenison with Rev. Jay Pruim officiating. Interment Jamestown Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Wednesday 6-9 pm and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home, (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Drive. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crime Victim Foundation or the Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan.
“He leaves an indelible impression of wisdom and insight
and we are grateful for his legacy”