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Berend Douma

Berend "Bill" Douma

Monday, April 12th, 1948 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019
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Berend “Bill” Douma SR. age 71 of Wantage, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, August 31st, 2019 surrounded by his family
Born in Friesland, Holland to the late Kenneth and Susan (Aukema) Douma, Bill came to the United States via Ellis Island when he was fourteen. Since that time, he has lived in Wantage his entire life. A proud US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Bill was the lone survivor of his platoon; earning himself a Purple Heart. He was known for his excavating business, Backhoe Bill’s Excavation.
Predeceased by his parents; brothers Bob and Hank Douma; sister, Edith Peereboom; and grandson, Aiden J. Douma, Bill is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Shirley (Jacobs) Douma; sons Berend JR and his wife Suzette Douma of Vernon, and Michael and wife Nicole Douma of Wantage; daughter Kara Douma, also of Wantage; seven grandsons Joshua, Tyler, Berend lll, Matthew, Nicholas, Theodore, Zackery, and his only granddaughter Lillian; sisters Janet Heida, Rose Hoekstra, and Wilma Van Teijen; and a brother, Harry Douma.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held on The 28th of September starting at 4pm at the Franklin American Legion ADDRESS 1 Legion PL, Franklin NJ 07416 Online condolences may be offered at www.fergusonfuneralhomesnj.com
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    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    When
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 4:00pm
    Location
    Franklin American Legion Post # 132
    Address
    57 Mitchell Avenue
    FRANKLIN, NJ 07416
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Loriann Clarke

Posted at 01:01pm
Thanks for all the years of laughs and good times. You were one of my favorite visitors and a great friend. We will miss you bill.
Dad will be happy to have you with him again.
Rest easy and fly high my friend till we meet again. Love always the Clarkes and Tarrants
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