Cornelis Van Tuyl

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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.

The family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in Neal’s name.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

6 comments on “Cornelis Van Tuyl”

  1. Dad, you have always been the strength, ‘The Rock’, in my life. You have lifted me up, When I needed it, and let me go when I needed to do it on my own. I feel you here with me now, as we all go through this together, I know you will always be with me as my strength. You are missed, so much, and always will be. I love you, Daddy.

    1. Donna Maher/Chuck Medeiros

      Tina we will always remember your dads’ great outlook on life and his dedication to your mom. He was a sweet man and a great neighbor at Ocala Sun. Chuck and I will miss him. We are sorry for your loss. Take care of your mom and your family

  2. Carol, Peggie & I are sorry to hear of Neal passing. Our fond thoughts are with you. We have fond memories of you both when you came to Florida for the winters. Having you as neighbors at the RV Park in Ocala was very nice. God Bless you and stay well, Ken and Peggie Leonard.

  3. Dutch was a senior engineer when I started my career at General Motors. He was the guy that always seemed to have all the right answers. Anytime that I happen to be working on a data intensive engineering report, I remember a saying that he used to use…..”Figures lie, and liars figure”. For some reason, that stuck with me all these years.

    That’s what made me think of him so I decided to look him up.

    I am sorry for your loss. May God Bless the Van Tuyl family.

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