My great grandfather, Benjamin DeHaan, was believed to be one of the first lay ministers of Borculo, Michigan. great grandmother is unknown. Their son was Richard DeHaan, who later married Dora Machiela. Richard migrated with his parents from the Netherlands as a child. They had eight children: Elizabeth (deceased), Emma (deceased), Anna(deceased), Sena (deceased), John R. (deceased), Benjamin (deceased), Martin (deceased), and Andrew (deceased). My father, Martin, married Lorraine Sheldon around 1946 in Blue Earth, Minnesota. I have three older brothers, and four younger sisters, one of which is deceased. I married Barbara Roberts in 1969. Shortly after marriage, I joined the army. I was honorably discharged in 1975. I have three children: Julie, Michelle, and Robert, and eight grand-children: Michaela, Kody, Cora, Kellcey, Emma, Johanna, Benjamin, and Jacob.