Elbert (Al) Hendrik Regtuyt, 72, of Cape Coral, Florida passed away on January 10, 2014 at Hope Hospice of Cape Coral. He had been a resident of Cape Coral since 1978, formerly from Constantine, Michigan.
Elbert was born on September 6, 1941 to parents, Gysbertus (Gus) and Wilhelmina (Willie) Regtuyt in Muiden, Netherlands, now deceased. After surviving the German occupation of the Netherlands, he, his sister and parents immigrated to America and settled in Michigan. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a Tactical Missileer serving in Europe. Following his service, he returned to Michigan where he was the Vice President of the Michigan Feeder Pig Co. in Constantine, Michigan. Due to his adventurous spirit, he moved his family to Florida where he worked for the Fuller Telephone Company, followed by Regal Custom Homes before becoming President of Elbert Regtuyt Custom Homes.
Elbert will be dearly missed by his wife of 40 years, Susan Regtuyt; Sons Marc Thornton and son in law Rob Todd, Chad Thornton and daughter in law Aimee Roark, Ryan Regtuyt and daughter in law Xibel Virella-Regtuyt; Kevin Regtuyt and daughter in law Nicole Regtuyt; sister Chris Shanafelt and brother in law Gary Shanafelt of Bozeman, Montana, as well as his beloved grand children Emily Regtuyt, Anabelle Regtuyt, Mitchell Gleason and Charles Regtuyt.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony was held on Wednesday, January 15th at the Hope Hospice Chapel located in Cape Coral, FL with Chaplain Daniel Antle officiating. A gathering of family and friends followed. Memorial donations can be sent to the family. A burial service will take place on a later date in Constantine, MI.