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Walter Leonard VanLuven

Born: Wed., Apr. 14, 1948
Died: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

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Walter L. VanLuven passed away Tuesday October 22, 2019 at War Memorial Hospital.  He was born April 14, 1948 to Raymond and Adeline VanLuven.  Walter enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all Michigan football.  He was an avid fan and attended many of the games in Ann Arbor.  Walter worked for the Sault Ste. Marie Fire Department for 30 years retiring in 2004.  After that he worked for Community Action doing meals on wheels for two years.  From that job he worked for Marquette Hospital as a courier for ten years.  Walter is survived by his wife Diane (Autterson) VanLuven whom he married October 5, 1969 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church: his children Deborah VanLuven of Brighton, Michigan, Diane (Mark) Martino, granddaughters Erin and Samantha Martino of Howell, Michigan.  Walter is also survived by his brothers Raymond VanLuven of Jackson, Michigan, Jerry (Barb) VanLuven, Paul VanLuven, Ralph (Cindy) VanLuven, and sister Diane Charles and sister in law Cindy VanLuven all of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Also surviving Walter are brother in law John Albrough of Cooperville, Michigan, Donald (Linda) Autterson of Battle Creek, Michigan, and Richard (Marilyn) Autterson of Newberry, Michigan.  Walter was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Adeline VanLuven, Daughter Kelly VanLuven, brothers Lesley VanLuven, Jim VanLuven, Kenneth VanLuven, Dennis VanLuven, Phillip VanLuven sister Karen Albrough, in laws Frank and Rosanna Autterson, sister in law Connie VanLuven, and Phyllis VanLuven.  Per Walters wishes no public services will be held.  Arrangements are in the care of Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com

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Jessica Gillotte-King
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear of Walt’s passing. Walt was my best friend’s father and she absolutely adored him. Kelly wanted nothing more than the love and acceptance of her father and did anything she could to please him. They shared a love of football and yelling at the tv together. Walt was a giving man and loved his family dearly. Now Kelly can be with her father again. My deepest sympathies to Diane, Diana, Debbie and their families. Big hugs to you all.

Jackie Benson
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
To Diane and her family: my deepest condolences to you on the loss husband and father. May he Rest In Peace in the loving arms of our God.

Marty Eckardt
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
Diane, you have my sincerest sympathy. I have many fond memories of my Michigan neighbor.

Mikel Copenhafer
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
My thoughts and prayers with you and your family. I didn't get to spend very much time with Walt, however we always made time to talk anything and everything about one of our favorites, University of Michigan. I always enjoyed hearing stories from Barbie about how passionate he was about the Maze and blue(as I wouldve been there with him pounding and screaming at the game through the TV also!)This awesome old guy always came across as a typical grumpy ole guy, but he would've given anything to help out somebody that was in need in his eyes. You will be missed by many! Rest in piece my friend. HAIL!

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