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In Memory of William Louwsma

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William “Barnacle Bill” Louwsma, 65 of Everglades City, FL died Friday, July 16, 2021 at Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, FL.

He was born September 21, 1955 in Zeeland, MI, and had been a resident of Everglades City for the past 40 years. He was a commercial fisherman for stone crab in the Gulf of Mexico and crawfish in Marathon. He was captain of the F/V Whatever and took great pride in working hard to provide for his family.

He was a sports enthusiast who loved the Florida Marlins, the Miami Dolphins, and the Miami Hurricanes. He also followed the Detroit Lions when the Miami Dolphins were not depressing enough. He loved to tell stories, some of which might have been true. He hated prosecutors and cottage cheese.

His children remember him by his favorite expressions: “rich kids have all the fun,” “you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose,” and “it’s like the veterinarian said when he cut off the dog’s tail: it won’t be long now.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherwin and Helen (Beelen) Louwsma, his niece Amber Lynema, and the family dogs, Elsa I and Elsa II aka “Vicious Killer."

Survivors include his children, Jenny (Jason), Emily (Michael), and Salem (Kaeleigh) Louwsma; sister, Mary Lynema of Zeeland, MI; and grandchildren, Cypress, Moses and Atlas.

Funeral services will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

Florida Stone Crabbers Association at  Online condolences may be offered by visiting


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