Senate approves Bumstead legislation establishing Pfc. Brett Witteveen Memorial Highway

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation introduced by Sen. Jon Bumstead that would honor a fallen soldier from Oceana County.

“I am happy to see the overwhelming support for this legislation and to see it advance to the next step in the process,” said 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.

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.”

Senate Bill 585 would name a portion of U.S. 31 after Pfc. Brett 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.

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

SB 585 was unanimously approved by the Senate and will now move to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.