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Dr. Millard M. Posthuma


Dr. Millard M. Posthuma of Franklin, Tenn., formerly of Macomb, died Sunday, May 31, 2009.


He was born June 13, 1916, in Grand Rapids, Mich. to Peter and Alice Mandemaker Posthuma.

He married Gertrude Evelyn Trap Posthuma ("Trudy") on Feb. 18, 1941. She survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, one son and eight grandchildren: Mary Elizabeth and Morris Vos, Macomb, and their children Jeremy and Allison; Nancy and Warren Martin, La Crescenta, Calif. and their children Sara Larissa and Laura; Kathleen and John Thro, St. Louis,  Mo. and their children Alexis and Annaliese and Dan and Sara Posthuma, Franklin, Tenn. and their children Lee Trudy and Glen.

The son of immigrant parents from the Netherlands, he graduated in 1938 from Calvin College and in 1942 from the University of Michigan Medical School.  While serving in World War II as a captain with the 119th medical battalion attached to the 44th infantry division, he was seriously injured in the Battle of the Bulge.

He began his practice of general surgery in Cadillac, Mich., where he practiced for 45 years and founded the Medical Arts Group.  Upon retiring he moved to Louisville, Ky., for a second career as an assistant surgeon.  He was a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Other organizations of which he was a member include the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Luke Medical Society, and the Christian Medical and Dental Society.

He was proud to be a member of Rotary Club International, having been a Rotarian for over 50 years. He lived out his Christian faith by serving for many years on the boards of Youth for Christ, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Gideons International and the Salvation Army.

Along with his commitment to medicine, he had a zeal for life, evidenced by his joy in waterskiing, snow skiing, sailing, horseback riding, flying his own plane and, above all, making music.  People were drawn to his warmth, the light in his eyes, and his genuine interest in them.

He will be greatly missed as he was greatly loved.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, Tenn., with the Rev. Chris Joiner and the Rev. Berton VanAntwerpen officiating.

Visitation with the family will take place at the church following the service.

Memorials may be made to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, PO Box 7895, Madison, Wis. 53707, or The Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, Tenn. 37214. 

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