Portion of US 31 to be named after fallen marine.

December 12, 2019

Brett Witteveen

Portion of US 31 to be named after fallen marine.

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LANSING — The State of Michigan is working toward establishing a memorial for an Oceana County hero — US Marine Corps Pfc. Brett Witteveen who died in combat.

The Michigan Senate approved a bill Wednesday, Dec. 11, that would name a portion of US 31 after Witteveen who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

He was from Shelby and graduated from Hart High School in 2005.

“The Michigan Senate unanimously voted in favor of Senate Bill 585 to rename a portion of US 31 between Shelby and Hart in honor of Pfc. Brett Witteveen,” said State Senator Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo) who introduced the bill.

“I am happy to see the overwhelming support for this legislation. I hope this memorial serves as a reminder of Brett’s courage and honorable service to his country, and I look forward to seeing it advance through the legislative process.

Sen. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo)

“Brett Witteveen is an American hero, but more importantly, he was a son, a brother, a cousin and a friend. We all owe a great debt to the Witteveen family.”

The bill now goes before the Michigan House of Representatives for approval. If it passes, the Pfc. Brett Witteveen Memorial Highway would span from Shelby Road, exit 144, in Shelby to Polk Road, exit 149, in Hart.

“I wish we could do more, but I hope this memorial serves as a reminder of Brett’s courage and honorable service to his country. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to get this to the governor’s desk,” Bumstead said.

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