Midwest Communications’ WHTC (Holland) reports that talk icon and beloved West Michigan resident Juke Van Oss died early Monday morning (3/7).
“Juke was a friend to all of us,” said WHTC/VAN General Manager Kevin Oswald on WHTC Monday, his voice filled with emotion. “He will be missed greatly.”
He’d worked as recently as Friday (3/4), interviewing historian and former Holland Sentinel editor Randy VandeWater. On Sunday (3/6), Mr. VanOss taught a Sunday school class, according to his family.
Mr. Van Oss was born in 1923 at a farm near Graafschap, a second-generation Dutch-American who grew up in Holland and Dowagiac before serving in World War II in the Army. His military service included tours of duty in the Philippines and Korea.
After the war, Mr. Van Oss worked at various places in the Holland area before getting hired at WHTC as an engineer on August 12, 1951. His on-air career started shortly afterward.
He was married to the former Janet Camp for 49 years. She preceded him in death in 1997.
Juke Van Oss was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009.