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“Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Rita Kaufman - Erie, IL

“Please accept our sincere sympathy. We didn't know he passed ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Gary & Penelope Price - Albany, IL

“My sincere condolences to the family. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Eric Borgman

“We are so sorry to hear of Willard's death. We often talked to Willard as he was walking his little dog. We send our thoughts and prayers for all...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Bea and Bill Ingersoll - Albany, IL

“Sorry for your loss ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: David & Lynn Hamilton - Fulton, IL

“Sending our sympathy to the family of Willard---He was a good friend.From Morrie & Pat Bronkema ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Maurice Bronkema - Forreston, IL

“Thinking of you all at this difficult time. With sympathy, Jill, Ben & Brig ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Jill Bielema - Clinton, IA

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8 of 20 | Posted by: Don and Delores Goodridge - AZ

“We have been sending prayers to the family. May God grant you peace. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Suzy and Bob Griffis - IL

“Out thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Roger and Gail Drolema

“Out thoughts and prayers are with the family. Willard was a great person to work for. He was also a great friend. He will be missed. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Larry & Linda Vos - Prophetstown, IL

“All of you are my thoughts. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Belinda Haigwood - Geneseo, IL

“Will miss you Brother-in-law. Have lots of good memories. Thinking and praying for all the family. Wish we could be there. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Jay and Dorothy Van Zuiden - Mesa, AZ

“Our prayers are with the family. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Leon & Katie Groh - Fulton, IL

“With Love and Memories! R.I.P. Bob & Sheila Wilkens ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Sheila Wilkens - Fulton, IL

“So sorry for your loss ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Mark & Sandy Hamilton - Fulton, IL

“We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Willard's passing. May he Rest In Peace! Love & hugs,Randy & Linda ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Randy & Linda Boelkins - AZ

“Denise & Bobby-although I only met your Dad once a long time ago; I know that he was a hard working man and his loss will leave a huge void in your...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Salli Rinker - Tucson, AZ

“R.I.P. uncle Willard. You always did it "your way" ! You will be missed by many. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: JERRY & DIANE VAN ZUIDEN - FULTON, IL

“So very sorry for your loss. ”
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Willard D. Van Zuiden, 78, of Albany, died on Tuesday morning, August 15, 2017 at his home.

Willard was born on December 10, 1938 in Morrison to William J. and Fannie (Ven Huizen) Van Zuiden. He married Evelyn Wiersema on October 5, 1956 in Fulton. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2013.

Willard worked for his brother at Van Zuiden Trucking in Albany for 11 years later purchasing the business. He continued to operate the business for 33 years until his retirement in 2003. Willard served as trustee for the Village of Albany for 10 years and was a member of Albany United Methodist Church.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughter, Denise (Robert) Smither of Albany; his sons, Roger (Lori) Van Zuiden of Nineveh, Ind., and Todd (Paula) Van Zuiden of Albany; 11 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren; his sisters, Grace Boelkins of Morrison, Darlene (Robert) Wiebenga of Albany and Margaret Moynihan of Boston, Mass.; his brothers, Harvey (Arlene) Van Zuiden of Morrison, Howard (Jan) Van Zuiden of Fulton and Ronald (Linda) Van Zuiden of Erie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a great grandson, a sister Genevieve Juist and 4 brothers, Gerald, Maynard, I. Jay and Wayne Van Zuiden.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-7 PM Friday, August 18th at McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. A memorial service will be at 10 AM Saturday, August 19th at the funeral home with Reverend Dr. Barbara Isaacs and Pastor Toni Lucas, officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow at Fulton Township Cemetery. A memorial has been established to Albany United Methodist Church or Genesis Hospice. To send condolences visit