Cornelis Van Tuyl (Neal, Dutch), age 79, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Cornelis was born on June 21, 1941, in Landsmeer, Netherlands to Lambertus and Mina VanTuyl. He became an American citizen on April 27, 1965. On July 5, 1965, he married Carol Emma Heck. They raised two children together, Tina and Bradley.
Neal was a loving husband and father who had a passion for woodworking and building trains. He had a gentle spirit and a personality that was bigger than life. He was considered a character by all who knew him. His favorite saying was, “ It is what it is.”
Neal served in the United States Navy, as a boiler technician, onboard the USS Thuban. He also worked for General Motors for over 25 years.
Cornelis is survived by his wife, Carol Emma Van Tuyl; his children, Tina Marie LaLone and Bradley William Van Tuyl; his brother, John Van Tuyl; sister, Carol (VanTuyl) Wilson; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life Barbeque at the Van Tuyl home at 6050 Old Alba Road, Gaylord, MI 49735, on June 19, 2021, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.