Alfred R. Newhouse, 86, a lifetime Sunnyside resident, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born Nov. 6, 1923 in Mabton to John and Tina Bos Newhouse.

He received his education, both primary and secondary, in Sunnyside, beginning with the Wendell Phillips School and ending with the Sunnyside High School class of 1941.

He began farming with his father and brothers on a dairy in Mabton. Over the years, it evolved into hop farming and finally into orchards and vineyards. At the time of his death, he was still farming orchards and vineyards, but now with his children and grandchildren.

On Aug. 22, 1945, he married Pauline Schilperoort, a member of another large Dutch family from the other side of town. Together they formed an alliance that has no end.

He was an active member in the Christian Reformed Church in Sunnyside serving several terms as deacon and elder. He was also a past member and chairman of the Sunnyside School District.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline of 64 years; six children, Marcia Martin, Marla Newhouse, Steve (Mickey) Newhouse, Melody (Jim) Hazzard, MaryJo (Harold) Newhouse and Mardell Kroes; daughter-in-law, Cherri Newhouse; 29 grandchildren; and 21 great- grandchildren; his brothers, John Newhouse and Wayne Newhouse; and his sister, Mary Jane Swynenburg.

He was preceded in death by his son, John, who died earlier this year; brothers, Melvin, Irving, David and Albert; and sisters, Ellen Danley and Betty Bechtold.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 10 a.m., at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m., at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Wide Christian Schools in c/o Worldwide Christian School, Attn: Bermejo School John Newhouse Memorial Fund, 629 Ionia Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503.

A fund was established earlier this year to benefit a school in the Dominican Republic in which his son, John, had volunteered his time and left part of his heart

Those wishing to leave a memory or sign Alfred's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge or arrangements.


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