Governor signs Bumstead legislation honoring fallen soldier from Oceana County

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature recently gave final approval to legislation that will create the Pfc. Brett Witteveen Memorial Highway in Oceana County. On Wednesday, the governor signed the bill into law.

“I proudly introduced this measure to show our deep appreciation for the service of Private First Class Brett Witteveen. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and on behalf of his country,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “Brett Witteveen is an American hero and we all owe a great debt to the Witteveen family for their tremendous sacrifice. I hope this memorial serves as a reminder of Brett’s courage and honorable service to his country.”

Senate Bill 585, now Public Act 139 of 2020, will name a portion of U.S. 31 after Witteveen, who was born and raised in Shelby and graduated from Hart High School in 2005. Witteveen served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was killed in February of 2007 during a combat operation in Iraq.

The Pfc. Brett Witteveen Memorial Highway will range from West Shelby Road, exit 144 in Shelby to the intersection of Polk Road, exit 149 in Hart.