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Henry J. Vondett

Vondett, Henry J., (90) Crystal MI, was born on April 21, 1928 in Lewiston MI, the son of James and Emma Vondett. Henry passed into the loving arms of our Father on March 11, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Shirley J. Vondett (Moore); brothers, Jack and Robert Vondett; sisters, Helen Schultheiss (George), Frances Fritz (Warren), Virginia Perracchio (Arthur), and Bette Fritz (Bill).  Henry is survived by his brother James Vondett (Janet); sister-in-law, Betty Sayre; sons, James E Hughes III, Steven A. Hughes (Christine), Craig J. Vondett (Nancy), Mark Vondett (Charlene); and special friend, Lorraine Gruhn. He also leaves behind four cherished grandchildren, Calee Black (John), Scott Hughes, Alicia Cosgrove (Andrew), and Gregory Vondett; four precious great-grandchildren, Mark Cosgrove, Scarlett Black, Emily Cosgrove, Henry Cosgrove; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Henry grew up in Lewiston, Michigan, the son of a farming family. He graduated from Michigan State College with a degree in Wildlife Biology. He honorably served his country as an officer in the Army during the Korean War.  He lived life sharing his passion of the outdoors with many and was blessed with the opportunity to build his career around that passion. As a well-respected member of the Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division, he retired as Assistant Chief after nearly 40 years of dedicated service, preserving and enhancing Michigan’s beautiful natural resources for the enjoyment of families everywhere.  Henry was recognized as a respected member and guest speaker for many conservation groups including MUCC (Michigan United Conservation Club) and Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. He also made several appearances as a guest on Michigan Out-of-Doors, promoting sport fishing in Michigan.

He was a remarkable mentor, teacher, listener and philosopher. He enjoyed educating young minds and offering guidance for many of life’s valuable lessons. As a gracious and humble man, he was the epitome of strength, integrity, loyalty and honesty. He was a marvelous husband, father, grandfather and friend. Henry will be forever missed, but his lessons will long be remembered and passed on for generations.  

A celebration of Henry’s life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Crystal Congregational Church, 300 S Main St, Crystal, MI 48818 (Reverend Reed Martin officiating). Family will greet guests at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crystal Congregational Church.

  • April 15, 2019
    Steve Swan Wed, Apr 10, 2:23 PM (5 days ago) to Mike Hank Vondette was my first supervisor when I began my career with the Fisheries Division in June of 1965 at the newly established Pontiac Lake District (14?), comprising Oakland, Wayne, and St. Clare Counties. He was a great boss. Hank was a learned scientist, had good interpersonal skills, he was very understanding and accepting of my very limited knowledge of fisheries management technology, always a gentleman, and a man of great integrity. I always coveted his mentoring and friendship and am saddened that he has passed. “Well done my good and faithful servant” Regards, Steve Swan
    Stephen Swan

  • April 15, 2019
    Hank hired me in 1968 to work out of the Newberry office. I transferred to the Grand Rapids office in 1969 and had frequent contact with Hank until his retirement. He kept the Fisheries Division functioning at a high level through its most exciting times that put our program on an international recognition scale. I always appreciated Hank’s sage advice and considered him as a friend as well as a supervisor.

  • March 28, 2019
    i was saddened to hear of Henry’s passing. I always considered him a friend. He helped me with my land encroachment issues and he always sent me a Christmas card and every summer stopped by to visit me. He will be greatly missed
    judy duke

  • March 21, 2019
    I have many memories of a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cathy
    Cathy Sussman

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