Grand Rapids Builders Lament Loss of Bill Zylstra
Michigan builder Wilber “Bill” Zylstra, a three-time president of the Home and Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids (HBAGGR) — passed away on Nov. 26 at the age of 72.
A mentor and builder to many in the home building industry, he and his brother, Roger, built hundreds of single-family homes during their 55-year partnership as W & R Builders. In the 1970s, they developed and built Princeton Estates in Kentwood, and in the last 15 years they developed Oak Crest Assisted Living facilities throughout the Grand Rapids area.
Zylstra was a senior life director on the NAHB Board of Directors. He served on many association committees; chaired the NAHB Multifamily Council; and was the NAHB liaison to Canada for many years.
At the state level, Zylstra was president of the Michigan Association of Home Builders and received the group’s highest lifetime award.