Obituary for Thomas "Bill" Kantola

Thomas "Bill" Kantola

Birth Date: Oct. 28th, 1928
Date Passed: Sep. 7th, 2013


Thomas “Bill” Willard Kantola age 84, of Ravenna died Saturday, September 7, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born on October 28, 1928 in Ravenna, MI to the late Sylvester H. and Hilma S. (Pietila) Kantola. He served in the United State Army from 1953 to 1955. He married Christine W. (Fahling) Kantola on January 25, 1958 in Conklin, Michigan. He worked at Marathon Refinery for 10 years before going into farming full time up until his death. Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years: Christine W. Kantola of Ravenna. 5 Sons: Keith (Alicia), Dean (Nancy), Brent (Deanna), Paul (Tammi) and Clark (Bobbi) Kantola all of Ravenna. 14 Grandchildren: Peter (Anita) Kantola, Bethany (Greg) Patterson, Kelly (Aaron) Damstra, Karla, Thomas, Phillip, Jake, Colton, Jordan, Austin, Morgan, Isaac, Josiah and Seth Kantola. 4 Great Grandchildren: Elodie Kantola, Claire, Ian and Sawyer Patterson. 1 Brother: Rudy (Arkie) Kantola of Illinois, 4 Sisters: Edna Johnston of Indiana, Gertrude Veeneman of Coopersville, Gladys (Ralph) Rogers of Ravenna and Elizabeth Campbell of Greenville. 1 Brother In-Law: Dale Volkers of Fruitport, 3 Sisters In-Law: Agnes Kantola of Howell, Ruth Kantola Paul of N. Muskegon and Marge Kantola of Charlevoix. Bill was preceded in death in addition to his parents by: 3 Brothers: Art, Arnie and Al Kantola, 1 Sister: Eunice Volkers and 3 Brothers In-Law: Ralph Johnston, Mel Veeneman and John Campbell. Funeral services for Bill will be conducted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Coopersville Bible Church in Coopersville with Pastor Tim McGarvey officiating. Burial will be in Moorland Township Cemetery. The family will be at the Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00pm to receive friends. Also on Thursday at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials may be directed to: Coopersville Bible Church building fund or VNS Hospice. Go to: or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511


2:00pm to 4:00pm and
6:00pm to 8:00pm on
Sep. 11th, 2013 at Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna
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11:00am on Sep. 12th, 2013 at Coopersville Bible Church
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2:30pm on Sep. 12th, 2013 at
Moorland Township Cemetery
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