Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Joseph A. Fendt

May 21, 1932 - May 19, 2021
West Olive, MI


Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 5, 2021
2:00 PM EDT
17267 Ottawa Trail
West Olive, MI 49460

Life Story / Obituary


Joseph A. Fendt, Age 88, of West Olive, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

A few things first of note: Joe was a huge alum to MSU. You could say he may have had Spartan green blood running through his veins or was that arteries? Never the less he was also associated with blueberries on his and his brides’ side of the families. Joe grew up in Holland MI. and settled in Granville where he raised his family. Before all that he was proud to be in the service of the navy. He was married --- years to Theresa M Fendt ---. He was keenly fond of the sport of football. When summer break came from school the Fendt’s would be out to Port Sheldon at the cottage that Dad was pleased to call “Fendt’s Inn to rest”. This is where Joe lived for six years after the passing of his wife and where he did find his eternal rest.

Our Dad, Joe, was a teacher of principles and not always the details. I think he wanted us to figure those out on our own. After all isn’t that what a whole lot of us have been trying to do for a really long time? Shouldn’t we all agree that it takes a lifetime to get some of those details filled in, and only through many trials and errors. In our family Dad knew and taught us early on that our futures are in some way tied together. What we can do for others matters. The faith our Dad had in God, you could say, was what governed the way he tried to live his life. Another of Joe’s passions was politics and world events His solid conservative traditional values did not flutter with the changing new world ideas and thoughts. This helped to serve him well and others in the way he approached his work in city planning, and as the Manager of the city of Walker. This was a man of convictions with grace and love, who was generally an extraordinarily interested in resolving conflict. Most would say he was a peacemaker and by being so he taught us how to see both sides of every argument. Joe shared with his family many fun times which often included outdoor activities such as: snow and water skiing, football, fishing, basketball. In short. He was a steady family man who poured himself into life whether at work or in party times. His love and concern for all people will be sadly missed. So good night for now Joe and we will see you later.

A good father and teaching us how to catch fish by going out early enough for them to be yawning and catching them and how good we got at washing lures when we did not fish it was a good day to wash the lures. He taught us how to love by showing it with mother we are so glad that they are reunited in heaven. His favorite son and Mike and Steve will miss him very much, LOL. He and mother had friends in many states they enjoyed parties and holidays to their fullest extent and new how to enjoy life.

A public celebration of life will take place on Saturday June 5, at 2:00 p.m., at 17267 Ottawa Trail, West Olive.

Professional service entrusted to the Northwood Chapel.