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Harvey John “Duke” Longstreet

October 23, 1930 - July 29, 2020



Harvey John “Duke” Longstreet of Cadillac passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Sunnyside Assisted Living in Cadillac. He was 89.

Harvey was born October 23, 1930 in Cadillac to John and Katherine (Sikkema) Longstreet. He graduated from McBain Rural Agricultural School in 1948. He then joined the United States Marine Corps. On August 26, 1950 he married Marian Elenbaas. His work history included many years working at Ace Hardware and then Mercy Hospital. He retired from Mercy Hospital.

Duke was a member of Lucas Rehoboth Reformed Church where he had served as a deacon and also taught Sunday School.

His hobbies included horses, trains, growing blueberries and fruit trees, woodworking and reading.

He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a loving husband who watched over his wife when her heath failed and he followed her to her heavenly after she passed away a year ago.

He is survived by daughters, Pamela Smits of Cadillac and Lori (Everett) Beech of Pampa, Texas; grandchildren: Chad (Amanda) Smits of Middleville and Rachel (Taylor) Williams of Katy, Texas; great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Jackson and Hayley-Kate; great-great-granddaughter, Migwen; sister-in-law, Carol Longstreet; brother-in-law, Ronald (Susanne) Elenbaas; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends/ former coffee buddies..

Duke was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; an infant son, Jerry; a son-in-law, Daniel Smits and siblings: Peter, Gerald, Kenneth, James, Donald, Margaret.

Graveside services will take place 11:00 AM Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Mount View Cemetery in McBain with Reverend Kevin Schutt officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rehoboth Reformed Church of Lucas or Hospice of Michigan Cadillac Chapter. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Daniel Brooks - Aug 1st, 2020 4:11 am

    "Sympathy to you and your family, Pam. His life is now in a new and wonderful direction.c7f7tgcs"

  • Daniel Brooks - Aug 1st, 2020 4:13 am

    "Sympathy to you and your family, Pam. He is now in an eternal life."

  • Susan Martz - Aug 1st, 2020 6:02 pm

    "Pam and Lori. You dad was very special. He was always so sweet when I worked at the hospital, and was so kind. But when he and mom were at Samaritas at the same time, he was a true gentleman, making sure my mom had a lunch and dinner buddy, and was also making sure she had a napkin, or a beverage, or whatever she might need. There was little conversation between them, but they just enjoyed each other’s quiet presence. My heart goes out to you, and may you have comfort knowing you will see your dad, and mom, again, hugs."

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