Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Frederick T. Vaas

August 29, 1926 - October 7, 2021
Holland, MI



Monday, October 18, 2021
11:00 AM EDT
Live Stream
Beechwood Church
895 Ottawa Beach Road
Holland, MI 49424

Life Story / Obituary


Frederick T. Vaas Jr, Veteran of WW II rejoined many of his loving family members on October 7, 2021 at the age of 95. He was born in Grand Rapids on August 29, 1926 but his second special home was Holland (Ottawa Beach). He was preceded in death by his wife Judy (Laninga), brothers & sisters Howard (Norma), Donald (Lavonne), MaryEllen Drury, Dorothy (Carl) Reed, & son Robert (Catherine). Surviving are his daughter Julie (Randy) Colvin & son Randy (Stephanie) Vaas, step-daughters Brenda Schloff & Kristi Laninga, grandchildren Leslie & Kyle Vaas, Nathan (Susie), Matthew, Timothy, Daniel & Sarah Schloff, Jakob, Samuel, & Benjamin Houchin. Fred was an airplane mechanic in the war and used the G.I. Bill to get an engineering degree from U of M. He devoted the rest of his life to General Motors, retiring late in life and continuing to consult up to his death. He was a Boy Scout and later a Leader until 1976. He was an avid bowler, fisherman and history buff. He will be missed by many nieces & nephews, friends and co-workers too many to name. Special thanks to staff at Spectrum Health (Butterworth). A memorial service will be held at 11:00am Monday, October 18 at Beechwood Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Road, with visitation at 10:00. In lieu of flowers donations to one of Fred’s favorite charities, such as Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity or Toys for Tots, are appreciated.