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Donald "Don" Carl Pringnitz

April 7, 1946 ~ August 18, 2021 (age 75)

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Obituary

Donald Carl Pringnitz, age 75 of Grand Haven, passed away on August 18, 2021 at home. He was born on April 7, 1946 in Courcelles, Belgium to Carl and Azema (De Vos) Pringnitz.

After the family’s move to the United States, and upon graduation from high school, Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967, during the Vietnam War Era. He moved from Cloverville, MI to Grand Haven in 1963 and worked as a CNC machine operator for Herman Miller, retiring in 2008.

Don was a member of and attended St. John’s Lutheran Church, and was also member and chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Association, spearheading fundraising efforts in Munising, MI. Don was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Sgt. Alvin Jonker Post 2326, and member of the American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post 28. In the community, he was known as being a “social butterfly” who enjoyed meeting up with the guys for coffee, and traveling up north to the U.P. to his vacation home in Munising.

Don is lovingly remembered and missed by his life partner and friend, Janet Purwin of Grand Haven; his son, Ryan Pringnitz (Ana Baker) of Portage, MI; his brother, Darnell (Nancy) Pringnitz of Grand Haven; and his niece, Lisa (Mike) Lepo.

In addition to his parents, Carl and Azema Pringnitz, Don was also preceded in death by his son, Kyle Pringnitz in 1989; and his nephew, Todd Pringnitz in 2019.

The Memorial Service for Don will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 30, 2021 at Klaassen Family Funeral Home with Pastor Kurt Wenzelburger officiating. Full Military Honors to be performed by the V.F.W. Sgt. Alvin Jonker Post 2326. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Lake Forest Cemetery.

A luncheon will be held at the V.F.W. Sgt. Alvin Jonker Post 2326 following the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Grand Rapids Veterans Home.

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Services

Visitation
Monday
August 30, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Memorial Service
Monday
August 30, 2021

2:00 PM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Military Honors: V.F.W., Sgt. Alvin Jonker Post 2326
Monday
August 30, 2021

Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Cemetery Interment

Lake Forest Cemetery
1304 Lake Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Luncheon to Follow Service

V.F.W. Sgt. Alvin Jonker Post 2326
20 N. First St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Donations

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: http://www.stjude.org/

Grand Rapids Home for Veteran's
3000 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
Tel: 1-616-364-5300
Email: DMVA-GRHV-Admissions@michigan.gov
Web: https://www.michiganveterans.com/p/Grand-Rapids-Home-for-Veterans

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