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VAN LIERE Mr. Paul Van Liere, age 87, of Holland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 29, 2010. He grew up in Roseland, IL and graduated from Fenger High School in Chicago where he received a football scholarship to the University of Illinois. WWII intervened, and Paul served his country in the US Army, receiving a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and was an MIA and captured. An Italian family had helped him hide. Paul was raised in the Reformed Church, and as a teenager he made his profession of faith. He met Marilyne before the service, and they continued their courtship through letters to one another. While home on furlough, Paul and Marilyne became engaged, and when home on another furlough, they were married on March 29, 1946 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Roseland. For many years, Paul represented the B.F. Goodrich Tire Company and then worked for the City of Chicago as a cement finisher until his retirement. Paul served as a Deacon at Emmanuel Reformed Church. He enjoyed encouraging his son Randy in sports. In leisure time, Paul enjoyed gardening and watching the Chicago Bears and the White Sox. In 1986 he and Marilyne moved to the Holland area. Paul, a wonderful and loving husband, dad, and grandfather, is survived by his wife, Marilyne; children, Randy and Mary Van Liere of Rockford; grandchildren, Carrie (Jason) Fisher, Maranda (Jon) Pell, and Allison Van Liere; great-grandchildren, Ashley Fisher, Blake Fisher, and Sam Watts; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edwin, and sister, Esther Wray. The service to celebrate Paul's faith life and physical life will be Thursday at 12:00 (noon) at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341, with Pastor Carl Balk officiating. Interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Maplewood Reformed Church, 133 E. 34th St., Holland, MI 49423. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. Thursday until the time of service.