Peter Tuitel Jr, age 54 from Byron Center, MI was called home unexpectedly on April 24, 2021. Pete was born in Grand Rapids, MI on May 19, 1966. The son of Pieter and Maria, who emigrated to the US from the Netherlands a few years earlier.
Pete grew up in East Grand Rapids and attended Breton Downs Elementary, East Middle School, and East Grand Rapids High School, where he graduated in 1984. Pete loved playing football and was a proud member of the East Grand Rapids Varsity football team that won the 1983 State Championship, held at the Detroit Silverdome.
Pete served in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne for four years where he earned the Army service ribbon, Army lapel pin, National defense service medal, rifle expert badge, parachute badge, hand grenade expert badge, Army good conduct medal, expert infantry badge, jungle expert badge and Army achievement medal. He was part of the Gulf War during Operation Golden Pheasant as well as Operation Just Cause.
Following his active duty in the Army, Pete was a driver for UPS in Grand Rapids, where he was highly regarded by his peers and his customers. Everyone on his delivery route knew him and loved him. He made everyone feel important by always going the extra mile and treating each person with respect, putting their needs above his.
Pete had a successful career in the construction industry where he held many different high-profile roles, representing pre-manufactured steel building manufacturers. Most recently, Pete was the sales manager for Falk Panel, a Dutch company that recently opened its first manufacturing facility in the United States. Pete was especially proud of this role because of his family ties to the Netherlands. Pete worked with construction companies from all over the Midwest and was highly regarded for his attention to detail and incredible customer service.
Pete’s personality, positive attitude, quick humor, and willingness to serve was unwavering. If you needed Pete, he was there, committed, focused, hard-working, and having fun! Pete exuded life and was not afraid to be himself. He was confident and humble, proud and respectful. Pete was a reliable and appreciative son and brother. He was a devoted and loving husband, he was a strong but sensitive, caring and supportive father. He was a friend that loved unconditionally. Pete will be missed by so many people fortunate enough to have known him. He impacted so many lives and will continue to live through everyone he so dearly loved.
Pete is survived by his wife of 23 years Angie, his first wife Marcia, his four daughters Ashley Tuitel, Morgan Tuitel, Lexi Tuitel and Maria (Dj) Ferguson. His father Pieter Tuitel Sr and mother Maria Tuitel, Father and mother-in-law Buddy Newcomb, Sandy & Mike Wildbahn. Brothers Johnnie Tuitel and Donald (Amy) Tuitel, sisters Corry (Derrick) Volchoff and Elsa (Chuck) King. One grandson (Finley) due June 3rd. Brothers and sisters-in-law Ben (Jennifer) Newcomb, Chrissy (Jimmy) Hogle and Bobbi (Josh) Dykstra. Nephews Tristan, Brendan, Chaz, Nick, Jared, Pj and Joel. Nieces Brianna, Jenna, Maggie, Helen and Fizzy. Aunts Annie VanVliet, Annie Schuivens, Gre Robbemond and Stein VanLoenen. Uncle Fred (Margaret) Tuitel.
Pete was loved by many near and far including special friends in Arizona and Iowa. Pete was a member of the Grand Rapids Harley Owners Group where he also had many friends. Anywhere Pete was, he was engaged and involved, from his immediate neighborhood where he was the “guy” to help fix, work, and engage with everyone, to his community where he was actively involved in school and sport functions, and his faith community at Center Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Angie Tuitel care of O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Private services were held for immediate family. A celebration of life will be held at Douglas Walker Park in Byron Center. Here is a link to the details that will be continually updated as we gather more information: https://fb.me/e/xhbkLMaq