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John Mulder

Imlay City, Michigan

January 31, 1938 - June 10, 2024

John Mulder Obituary

John H. Mulder, a longtime resident of Imlay City, died on Monday, June 10 at the age of 86.


He was born in 1938 in Imlay City, the first of Peter and Catherine (Van Doeselaar) Mulder’s six children. John spent his childhood helping in the muck fields of his Grandpa Van Doeselaar’s vegetable farm. He was a student of Imlay City’s one-room schools before graduating from Imlay City High School in 1957 where he played football and basketball.


He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-59 and was a reservist until 1963, working as a mechanic, truck driver and supply handler.


John attended barber college in Detroit before moving to Kalamazoo where he met his wife, Sharon DenHartigh. They were married in 1961 and lived most of their married life in Imlay City where he operated Mulder’s Barbershop. John thoroughly enjoyed his 40-plus year career in barbering, valuing the time and stories he shared with his customers. He found his retirement years to be equally fulfilling with travel, spending time with family and working outside in his garden and yard.

Faith and community service were important to John. He served on the board of Imlay City’s Downtown Development Authority, the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library board and the Imlay City Christian School Board; was an Imlay Township trustee and chaplain of Imlay City’s American Legion Post. He volunteered his time with several organizations including the Imlay City Historical Society and Forgotten Man Ministries. John was named Imlay City’s 2007 Citizen of the Year.


John was a lifelong member of the Imlay City Christian Reformed Church and served on the church council. He especially cherished the friendships he developed through his Saturday morning Bible study at the Center for Discipleship in Lapeer.


He will be remembered for being kind, humble and a peace maker.


He is survived by his wife Sharon; children Randy (Donna), Jeff (Leslie), Tim (Debra) Mulder and Maria (Tim) Brown; grandchildren Erica, Sara, Emily, Corey, Kelli, Andrew, Megan, Julia, Zack, Jennifer, Heather, Brooke, Lauren and Isaac; great-grandchildren Vivian and Elijah; siblings Pete Mulder and Lavina Kay (Greg) Hite and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Preceding him in death are his parents and siblings Dave, Jim, Marlene and sister-in-law Kathy and an infant son, Joseph.


Funeral services will be held 12 Noon, Saturday, June 15, 2024 at Imlay City Christian Reformed Church, 395 Cedar Street, Imlay City, MI.


The family will be available for visitation 10-12 Noon, Saturday, June 15th at Imlay City Christian Reformed Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts can be made to Imlay City Christian School, WMPC or McLaren Hospice.


Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI. Please be sure to sign our online register at www.muirbrothersfh.com to share condolences and memories with the Mulder family.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of John Mulder hosted by Muir Brothers Funeral Home.

John H. Mulder, a longtime resident of Imlay City, died on Monday, June 10 at the age of 86.


He was born in 1938 in Imlay City, the first of Peter and Catherine (Van Doeselaar) Mulder’s six children. John spent his childhood helping in the muck fields of his Grandpa Van Doeselaar’s vegetable farm. He was a student of Imlay City’s one-room schools before graduating from Imlay City High School in 1957 where he played football and basketball.


He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-59 and was a reservist until 1963, working as a mechanic, truck driver and supply handler.


John attended barber college in Detroit before moving to Kalamazoo where he met his wife, Sharon DenHartigh. They were married in 1961 and lived most of their married life in Imlay City where he operated Mulder’s Barbershop. John thoroughly enjoyed his 40-plus year career in barbering, valuing the time and stories he shared with his customers. He found his retirement years to be equally fulfilling with travel, spending time with family and working outside in his garden and yard.

Faith and community service were important to John. He served on the board of Imlay City’s Downtown Development Authority, the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library board and the Imlay City Christian School Board; was an Imlay Township trustee and chaplain of Imlay City’s American Legion Post. He volunteered his time with several organizations including the Imlay City Historical Society and Forgotten Man Ministries. John was named Imlay City’s 2007 Citizen of the Year.


John was a lifelong member of the Imlay City Christian Reformed Church and served on the church council. He especially cherished the friendships he developed through his Saturday morning Bible study at the Center for Discipleship in Lapeer.


He will be remembered for being kind, humble and a peace maker.


He is survived by his wife Sharon; children Randy (Donna), Jeff (Leslie), Tim (Debra) Mulder and Maria (Tim) Brown; grandchildren Erica, Sara, Emily, Corey, Kelli, Andrew, Megan, Julia, Zack, Jennifer, Heather, Brooke, Lauren and Isaac; great-grandchildren Vivian and Elijah; siblings Pete Mulder and Lavina Kay (Greg) Hite and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Preceding him in death are his parents and siblings Dave, Jim, Marlene and sister-in-law Kathy and an infant son, Joseph.


Funeral services will be held 12 Noon, Saturday, June 15, 2024 at Imlay City Christian Reformed Church, 395 Cedar Street, Imlay City, MI.


The family will be available for visitation 10-12 Noon, Saturday, June 15th at Imlay City Christian Reformed Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts can be made to Imlay City Christian School, WMPC or McLaren Hospice.


Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI. Please be sure to sign our online register at www.muirbrothersfh.com to share condolences and memories with the Mulder family.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of John Mulder hosted by Muir Brothers Funeral Home.

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