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Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna
Wednesday September 11th, 2013
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Wednesday September 11th, 2013
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Thomas "Bill" Kantola

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: www.throopfhravenna.com 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

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Dear Christine and all the Kantola Family, I remember Bill - "Willy" - well! That's what I and some others called him when growing up in the 30's and 40's. He was four years older and he was my idol at that time! I always remember him coming to Dad's store at Moorland Corners. I thought the he was a special friend. We would chat and have fun - to the point that Dad would often ask if I was getting things done in the store?! He liked Willy also so that helped! With wonderful and fond memories - My Sincere Condolences! Melvin J. Thompson, Bethesda, Maryland

Melvin Thompson Sep 21 2013 12:06 PM

Dear Chris and family We wanted to express our condolences. We just got back from a trip yesterday. Just to let you know that you are all in prayers and our thoughts. God bless you and keep you in His care. With Christian Love Hillie and Bob

Bob & Hillie Sep 15 2013 7:53 PM

I have so many fond memories of uncle Bill. Doing chores in the basement of the old barn as a kid, asking me if I had any good "sound shots" as a rookie in deer camp, working for him at the All Weather Elevator, listening to the tigers a the family reunions. He always had a gleam in his eye, smile on his face and an infectious sense of humor. He will be sadly missed but fondly remember. I'm sure he and dad are wetting a line in heaven. God Bless

Joel & JoAnn Kantola Sep 11 2013 10:52 AM

To the Family: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Willy was a great person, and will be greatly missed by so many of us.

The Galekovich Family Sep 10 2013 8:42 PM

It was so sad to hear of the passing of this amazing man. He was obviously a great father and role model to his wonderful sons. May God bless you in your sorrow and help you to endure the days ahead.

Norb and Sue Denhof Sep 9 2013 2:55 PM

Brent, Deanna, Jake, Colton and Christine and the Kantola family: you are in our thoughts and prayers today as you have been recently with your Dad's / Granpa's health failing. Brent, I didn't get to know your Dad but I know you. Makes me believe he was a very good and strong man. May the peace of our God which passes our understanding be with you and on all of you this day and always.

Walt & Kathy Sicard Sep 9 2013 2:24 PM

Prayers for the entire Kantola family. Thank you for letting me spend some time with Bill. He was a great man with an awesome family behind him. May your memories be a comfort to you.

Kathy Bensinger Sep 9 2013 10:36 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in the loss of your husband, dad, and grandpa. We pray you will have peace as you go on this journey.

Jeff Jawor Family Sep 9 2013 9:00 AM