Half-Staff Alert for November 5, 2015
For Michigan Only


LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings on Thursday, Nov. 5 in honor of former Senate Majority Leader Robert VanderLaan, who died Sunday, Nov. 1.

"Robert spent the majority of his life serving his community and working to improve the lives of Michiganders. I thank him for the time he dedicated to our city, state and country. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends," Snyder said.

VanderLaan, 85, was born in Dutton, Michigan and served as Paris Township trustee, clerk and supervisor prior to serving as majority leader for the Michigan Senate. He was Michigan's 31st district senator for 20 years. He is most well-known for founding Government Consultant Services Inc. in Lansing.

He was a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School and Calvin College. He held a master's degree in political education from the University of Michigan. Robert served as Paris Township trustee, clerk and supervisor prior to serving as majority leader for the Michigan Senate. He was Michigan's 31st district senator for 20 years.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Millbrook Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, located at 3661 Poinsettia Ave. SE. Visitation will be held today, Nov. 4, at Zaagman Memorial Chapel in Grand Rapids at 2800 Burton St. SE, from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday, one hour before the service from 10 to 11 a.m.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, Nov. 6.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.






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