William Henry Nauta


William Henry Nauta, age 96, of Masonic Pathways, Alma (formerly of Edmore) went to meet Jesus on Thursday, November 6, 2014 with a caring staff and a loving family saying goodbye for now.


William was born to William and Anna (Taylor) Nauta on August 13, 1918 near McBride, Michigan. He was raised in the Edmore and McBride area and graduated from the McBride High School in 1936.  William married the love of his life, Vergie Stratton on June 1, 1938 in Crystal. 


William, lived his entire life in the McBride area, mainly on the family farm which he farmed most of his life.  The last years before retirement were spent as a janitor for Montabella Schools.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, camping, traveling and cherry pie!  He was God’s faithful servant at the McBride Church of Christ where he served many years as an elder.


Besides his parents, his wife, Vergie preceded him in death in 1998 as did his daughter, Carolyn (Cornell) in 1977.  His brother, Richard Nauta, a brother- in-law, Wesley Petersen and many of Virgie’s siblings and spouses are also deceased.


William is survived by a daughter,  Vonnie (Jerry) Johnston of Vestaburg; his son,  Tom (Mary) Nauta of Edmore; grandchildren:  Jolyn (Dan) Stanley of Bentley, Johnny Cornell of California, Jill (Randy) Goodfellow of Stanwood, Jerry (Ann) Johnston of Vestaburg, Jennifer (Rick) Paulke of Florida, Jared Shepardson of Mt. Pleasant and Andrea Powell of Farwell; great-grandchildren:  Laura, Lisa, Anna and Sara Stanley, Tracey Cornell, J.D. (Jennifer) Gerst, Brandon Goodfellow, Jordan, Grace and Tyler Powell;  one great-great grandson, Quentin; a sister, Marian Petersen of Greenville and sister-in-laws: June (Nathan) Sackett, Jean (Rex) Throop and Virginia Stratton.


A celebration of William’s life will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Edmore with Minister Steve Dobyns officiating.  A visitation has been scheduled for extended family and friends on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 also at the Edmore Chapel.  Interment will be in McBride Cemetery.


Memorial contributions in William’s memory can be made payable to the Great Lakes Christian College Learning Center, 6211 West Willow Highway, Lansing, Michigan  48917.


Condolences may be expressed to the family utilizing the guestbook below.




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  • Dennis Lutz (Wednesday, November 12 14 09:32 am EST)

    Tom and family,so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dana (Hilding) Outman (Tuesday, November 11 14 10:12 pm EST)


    Sorry to hear your Dad passed away. He was a great Christian man and God will welcome in Heaven.

  • bev bradley (Monday, November 10 14 08:37 am EST)

    Jerry and Bonnie ,so sorry for your loss.thinking of your family.take care.

  • Dick & Shirley Torrey (Sunday, November 09 14 05:14 pm EST)

    So sorry to hear about William Nauta passing away. Our prayers are with the entire family and am very sorry we are not able to come for visitation and funeral due to weather conditions.

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