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Tracey Jay Bouwman
September 22, 1970 ~ December 4, 2023 (age 53) 53 Years Old
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Tracey Jay Bouwman, a man cherished for his loving nature, adventurous spirit, and creative mind, passed away on December 4, 2023, at the age of 53. Born on September 22, 1970, in Holland, Michigan, Tracey's journey through life was marked by his dedication to his family, his service to his country, and his passion for the great outdoors. He succumbed to ALS, a condition he faced with remarkable courage and grace, in his home in Fennville, Michigan.
Tracey's early years in Fennville, where he grew up under the nurturing care of his parents Charles Bouwman and Mary (Bouwman) Warner , alongside his brothers, Mitchel and Bryan. His father, Charles, and his brother, Mitchel, preceded him in death, leaving a legacy of love and memories. Tracey's long-time love, Betsy Blue, also preceded him in death, leaving an indelible mark on his heart.
A proud United States Marine Reservist, Tracey served his country with honor and commitment. His civilian life was equally distinguished by a 30-year tenure with the United States Postal Service, where he was known for his reliability and friendly demeanor. Tracey was also a dedicated Mason, embodying the fraternity's values of brotherhood, truth, and charity throughout his life.
An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Tracey found solace and joy in nature. He relished his fishing trips to Canada, where he would immerse himself in the serenity of the wilderness. These adventures were among his most treasured moments, providing him with stories and experiences that he would share with all who knew him.
Beyond his adventurous pursuits, Tracey was an incredibly crafty and inventive individual. Whether he was tinkering in his workshop or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, his creativity knew no bounds. His love for the outdoors was only matched by his love for his family, which stood as the cornerstone of his life.
Left to cherish his memory are his devoted mother, Mary (Bouwman) Warner, his brother Bryan Bouwman, and his children, who were the pride and joy of his life. Lance (Brittani) Bouwman, Dayna (Kai Lockhart) Bouwman, and Avery (Andrea) Bouwman will carry forward their father's legacy of love and kindness. Tracey's playful spirit will live on in the laughter of his grandchildren, Zenith and Violet Bouwman, who will grow up knowing the grandpa who adored them so deeply.
Tracey's life was a testament to the words that best described him: loving, adventurous, and creative. He approached each day with a zest for life and an open heart, touching the lives of everyone he met. His absence will be deeply felt by his family, friends, and all who were fortunate enough to know him.
As we bid farewell to Tracey Jay Bouwman, we take comfort in the memories and the love he left behind. Though his physical presence is no longer with us, his spirit continues to inspire and guide us. We honor his journey, celebrate his life, and hold him forever in our hearts. Tracey's story does not end here; it lives on in the legacy of kindness, courage, and love he has bestowed upon us all.
A Graveside Service at Manlius Cemetery, 2904 Old Allegan Rd. Fennville, mi. 49408 will be held on April 20, 2024 12:00pm, with a gathering of family and friends to follow at