Wilhelmus “Bill” Melenhorst

Wilhelmus Johannes M. “Bill” Melenhorst of Russell passed away peacefully in hospital on Thurs, Sept. 1, 2016. He was 86.
He was the beloved husband of Hendrika Maria ‘Riek’ (Diepman), and the dearly loved father of John (Nancy), Anita (Maurice Powers), Diane (Richard Seabrook), Pauline (David Ewart), Ben (Shelley), and Rob (Michele). He was the cherished Opa of Corey, Hugh (Megan), and Allison; Caitlin and Michael (Amanda); Kyle and Shane; Emily and Alex; Jarrett, Randi, and Mitchell; and Reed, Keera, Brayden, and Teegan; and great-Opa of Brantley and Nevaeh.
He was born in Dalfsen, the Netherlands. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Jan Willem Melenhorst and Gerritdina Melenhorst-Noordman, and is survived by 14 brothers and sisters: John and Ben in Canada, Dora in Brazil, and Mien (Sister Theresia), Dien, Riek, Marie, Herman, Gerard, Marinus, Hein, Jo, Ans, and Tonnie, all in the Netherlands.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Daley Family Funeral Home, 6971 Bank St. (between Scrivens Dr. and Metcalfe corner) today (Wed., Sept. 7) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral will be held on Thurs., Sept. 8 at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 17 First Ave. in Russell for Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.