ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2008) — Dutchland Plastics founder William Jay Claerbout, 82, died Sept. 28 after a lengthy illness.
Claerbout and his wife, Nancy, in 1967 founded the firm, which makes rotational and blow-molded products, and besides plastics uses polyurethane foam and thermoplastic elastomers. He served as president of the Oostburg, Wis.-based firm for 40 years, selling the business to the couple's sons, Carl and Daven.
Claerbout also was an auctioneer and real estate broker for many years.
Besides his wife and sons Carl and Daven, he is survived by his son, Stanley; daughters Mary Harmeling and Linnae Williams; and many other relatives.