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OBITUARY – Henry “Harry” Polderman

MISSION – Henry “Harry” Polderman, 82, of Mission, Texas, formerly of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Goshen, Ind., died at 8:20 p.m., on Tuesday, September 17, at the Elkhart Hospice House.

He was born on January 10, 1937, in Portage, Mich., to Marinus and Anna (Huizenga) Polderman. On September 19, 1958 in Kalamazoo, Mich., he married Marlene Kay Keeney; she died January 15, 2016.

Polderman HenrySurviving are daughter, Lisa (Floyd) Lehman of Goshen; two sons, David (Alexandra) Polderman of New River, Ariz., Scott Polderman of Otsego, Mich.; six grandchildren; his loving companion, Carol Hill; two sisters, Alice Stickles of Orlando, Fl., Marie (Ron) Freehling of Three Oaks, Mich.; four brothers, John (Marie) Polderman of Schoolcraft, Mich., Paul (Debbie) Polderman of Portage, Mich., Bob Polderman of Mattawan, Mich., and Mike (Wendy) Polderman of Schoolcraft, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brother, Jacob Polderman.

Henry was a plant manager in the textile business for 32 years, working at Jolly Kids, Kellogg’s Industries and Biomet. He also worked in the landscaping business for 25 years. He was the owner operator of Polderman’s Country Store and Polderman’s Turf Service, retiring in 2016.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the American Legion Post 210 in Middlebury, the Moose Lodge in Goshen, and the DAV. Henry attended Palm Valley Church in Mission, Texas.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23, followed by a 2:00 p.m. funeral service at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Chaplain Wyatt Smith. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.

Memorials may be given to Center for Hospice Care. Online condolences may be offered at

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