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A gentle, wise servant of God, Bill DeJong was devoted to preaching Christ in the churches and to sharing God's love with his neighbors and friends. A lifelong learner, he never tired of reading, studying, and growing in his faith. DeJong died May 30 at age 90.

Born in Pella, Iowa, DeJong entered the ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in 1957 and pastored the following churches: Houston (B.C.) CRC; Oak Harbor (Wash.) CRC; Prairie Lane CRC, Omaha, Neb..; Sherman Street CRC, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Ann Arbor (Mich.) CRC.

Upon retirement in 1994, DeJong served several churches, including two of his former congregations, as interim pastor. He loved being outdoors and especially enjoyed gardening, fishing, and hiking. He and his wife, Marilyn, also enjoyed traveling together.

Predeceased by daughter Judy, DeJong will be deeply missed by Marilyn, his wife of 66 years; five children and their spouses; a son-in-law; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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