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October 2013 Obituaries
William Beebe '69 (09/5/13)
Don Bekkering '61 (07/10/13)
Mark Boyce '78 (05/3/13)
Charles Claver '48 (09/15/13)
Russell Cloetingh Jr. '48 (05/31/13)
Betty Cook '52 (09/12/13)
Peter de Moya '57 (09/13/13)
Johanna Bolte '35 Hopkins (08/13/13)
Jane Zwemer '63 Koeser (05/1/13)
Donald Lievense '42 (07/13/13)
Marjorie Brouwer '43 Lumsden (7/14/13)
Wendell Miles '38 (07/31/13)
Patricia Kinney '50 Moore (08/17/13)
Garvin Mulder (07/21/13)
Jeannette Siderius '52 Newton (6/30/13)
David Nykerk '65 (09/20/13)
Wayne Olson '55 (07/19/13)
Janet Owen '91 (07/17/13)
Earl Purchase '40 (07/28/13)
David Schnaidt '93 (09/1/13)
Jerry Schouten '70 (09/7/13)
David Spaan '58 (08/2/13)
Robert Stoppels '51 (7/1/13)
Morrell Webber '42 Swart (7/30/13)
Nathan TenHuisen '85 (08/7/13)
Beatrice Soodsma '51 Van Pernis (08/23/13)
Arnold Van Zanten Jr. '64 (08/2/13)
Rick VanHaitsma '71 (07/23/13)
Andrew Vollink '38 (07/26/13)
Harris Wolbert '49 (9/16/13)
Nicholas Yonker '50 (8/13/13)
Mr. Beebe was born on Sept. 22, 1946, at Holland Hospital. He attended St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, where he earned honors as ' Best Set Up New Cadet' and lettered two years in football. After graduating from St. John's, Mr. Beebe attended and played football at Hope College.
In 1967, he joined the U. S. Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60). He then volunteered for the Under¬water Demolition Team (UDT). Upon graduation from UDT, he was as-signed to Navy SEAL Team TWO and was deployed to Vietnam in the fall of 1969. Mr. Beebe received the Bronze Star with Combat for heroic achievement on April 2, 1970, for rescuing two Vietnamese women and children from drowning after their sampan sank during a Viet Cong ambush. He was also awarded the Purple Heart when wounded during combat. Upon returning from Vietnam, Mr. Beebe was stationed at the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek, Virginia, where he was responsible for training incoming Navy SEAL candidates.
In April of 1971, he returned to Holland and began work with the Hol¬land Hitch Company as the Managing Director of International Operations and sat on the Company's board of directors until 2006.
He met Debbie Hill in 1989, and they were married in Holland in 1993.
Mr. Beebe is survived by his
wife, Debbie Beebe;
children, Robin and Ryan Perras of Fort Worth, Texas, W. Brett
and Eden Beebe of Fort Worth, Texas, and Adam and Brooke Beebe
of Houston, Tex¬as; grandchildren, Brailey Connor, Campbell Beebe, W.
Frater Beebe II, Charles Perras and Annabelle Beebe; sister and brother-
Susan and Richard Muzzy of Holland; aunt, Alma Geerds Thomas of
Holland; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Don was born July 3, 1939 in Grand Rapids to Louis and Janet (Klip) Bekkering. He graduated from Wyoming High School, Hope College and Western Theological Seminary. He married the love of this life, Donna Muilenburg, in 1958. They raised their family and served in the Reformed Church of Martin, Mich., Fairhaven of Jenison, Mich., First Reformed Church of Grand Haven, Bethel Bible Series in Madison, Wis., and First Reformed Church of Zeeland, Mich.
Rev. Bekkering is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna, their children, Rev. Gary and Pam Bekkering of Michigan, Andy and Deb Bekkering of Minnesota, Matthew Bekkering of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Amber, Alycia, Dustin, Dylan; brother, Lloyd and Marian Bekkering; sister-in-law, Gerriet Bekkering, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Boyce.
He is survived by his children, Whitney (fiance Joe Ostrowski) Boyce, Brian Boyce; mother, Rita Boyce; brothers, Dr. Rick (Iris) Boyce, Steve Boyce, Rob (Marlis) Boyce; sisters, Nancy (Larry) Wilson, Laurie (Dan) Boy; significant other, Susan Draper; also many nieces and nephews. Mark was a member of St. Thomas The Apostle Church, several area Referee Associations, and the Grand Rapids Yacht Club. Mark's zest for life will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Chuck is the beloved husband of Louise TerBeek ’47 Claver for 65 wonderful years; dear father of David (Suzin) Claver; proud grandfather of Petr and Mikhail. Mr. Claver is also survived by his special niece, Alice Carlson and many loving extended family and friends.
A Veteran of the US Army Air Corp., Chuck served his country in Europe during World War II, where he was involved in combat. Following his discharge from the service, he completed his education at Hope College.
For many years, Chuck was associated with the city
of Grand Rapids as a property assessor, retiring in 1986. Mr.
being a life long member of the Central Reformed Church, serving
as both a deacon and elder.
Russell was born February 12, 1926 to Russell and Georgiana (Westhoek) Cloetingh in Muskegon. On January 19, 1979, he married the former Veronica DeVries and she survives him.
Russ was an avid boater and loved to ski, golf, scuba dive, cook and travel.... Photography was also one of his biggest hobbies, however his favorite past time was piloting his Beechcraft Baron plane of 50 yrs. (of which he obtained his pilot's license at the age of 16 yrs. old).
Russ graduated from both Hope College and Michigan State University, and has been active in the Insurance business since 1950, and owned and operated Cloetingh-Seaway General Agency for 53 years prior to his retirement, as well as being President of the M.L.B.A. and the Muskegon Assn. of Life Underwriters and served on the National Council of Life Underwriters, he was also the Insurance representative of the M.I.L.D. (dry cleaners assoc.), along with M.U.C.C.; was associated with the Timber Trails Council B.S.A.,and was an organizer of the American Insurance Marketing Corporation.
Russ was a member of the Muskegon Exchange Club, the J.C.'s and had the honor of receiving his 50 yr. pin in 2003 from the third oldest Masonic body in Muskegon County. He was a member of The First Congregational Church and was a Trustee/Secretary and Treasurer of the Muskegon Community College.
In addition to his wife of 37 years, Veronica, Russ is survived by his children, Ted Cloetingh of Texas, Mary (Kurt) Boyd of Rochester, MI, James (Heather) Cloetingh of Kalamazoo, Stephon VanderWater, and Teresa LaVigne both Muskegon; seven grandchildren; Thomas (Elissa) Boyd, Katie (Fiance' Ryan Blundy) Boyd, Hillary Cloetingh, Connor Cloetingh, Kristen VanderWater, Ryan VanderWater, and Courtney Vanderwater; sister, Christine (Lewis) Cloetingh ’56 Kain of Schenectady, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the only child of James M. and Kathryn Cook, both of whom preceded her in death. Jack Knoll, her mother’s second husband, was also an important part of her life. Betty attended Holland Public Schools and Hope College, from which she graduated in 1952.
Throughout her four years at Hope, she worked as a maid to pay her tuition. She taught school for two years in Lansing, Michigan, and while there began working on her MA degree. In 1959, she returned to Holland and taught first grade at Long-fellow School until her retirement in 1987.
She was a public school teacher for 35 years. Betty was a natural caregiver who cared for her mother, father and stepfather in the latter years of their lives. She was also attentive to the needs of her best friend Jane Lampen before her death. She loved children and loved being outdoors with them, enjoying skiing, boating, golfing and other outdoor activities. She held a special place in the hearts of many parents for staying with their children when the parents went on vacation.
Over the years,
many people in Holland
and elsewhere were the recipients of Betty’s concern and care.
Betty was active first in First Reformed Church and then in Christ
Memorial Church where she sang in the choir. With her innate curiosity,
visiting foreign countries, among them Albania, Israel and Scandinavia.
She also travelled to numerous destinations in the United States
and went on three Christ Memorial mission trips to Tennessee, Florida
In retirement, Betty was active in the work of several Holland
organizations. She was an active member of the Women’s Literary Club,
Century Club, HASP, Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, the
Auxiliary, the Holland Historical Society and Evergreen Commons.
Children in many Holland classrooms learned valuable lessons about
water safety from Betty.
He was born in Ridgewood, N.J., the only child of Edwin V. and Ruth Clark Smyth de Moya. He moved to Keene with his parents in 1945. He graduated from Keene High School in 1952, and from Hope College in Holland, Mich., in 1957.
The next two years were spent in serving his country in the U.S. Army, as a military intelligence specialist. Following an honorable discharge in 1959, he returned to Holland to work in purchasing at Roamer Yachts. In 1960, he married Hilda E. Lord of Providence, R.I.
He attended Springfield College in 1962, in the YMCA Professional Studies program, earning his master of education degree in 1968. His professional career as a YMCA director spanned jobs in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and as a branch executive in the Greater Pittsburgh YMCA. He served on the YMCA National Committee, which rewrote the Indian Guide Program book. His family returned to Keene in 1975.
Later work included roles in life insurance and real estate. Working locally, he participated in the pre-construction phases for Langdon Place in Keene. Once it was up and running, he served as activities director, working with the residents for many years. Volunteering was a big part of his life. While in the YMCA he joined the Lions Club and began an association lasting 49 years. Lionism was very important to him with service as a charter club president, and numerous zone and regional positions. He served as district governor for New Hampshire 44-N District for 2000-2001 and as multiple district council chairman the following year.
Attending many international USA-Canada forums, he presented seminars several times. He was the recipient of multiple Melvin Jones Fellow awards and a Granite State Fellow as well. His local club membership was with the Monadnock Lions Club in Marlborough. Equally important was his lifelong love for Camp Takodah of the Cheshire YMCA. He attended as a camper from 1945-1951, served as a cabin leader while in college and brought many fellow leaders from Hope College as well. When he returned to the area, he served on the Cheshire YMCA Board of Directors in numerous positions, and as a senior director.
In the late 1980s, he volunteered at the new Mini-Camp Takodah and returned there for more than 20 seasons. He was known as "Friar Tuck" at the archery range and enjoyed introducing children to this sport. To his joy, he was able to complete this year's camp season. Recently, he was honored for 40 years of service to this YMCA and received a coveted 40-year jacket. He was also the recipient of both the Harold J. Dickinson and the Martha Fisher service and program awards. A member of the United Church of Christ in Keene, he served in many capacities as deacon, UCC Radio host, and on the Capital Funds Campaign drives. He went on one of the church mission trips to Washington, D.C. Through this association, he attended a Habitat for Humanity global build in Guatemala. He enjoyed teaching a series of classes on "Talking Baseball" at Keene State College for the CALL program, bringing his love of baseball to share with many others.
Survivors include his wife,
Hilda two children, Peter W. de Moya ’86 of Plymouth, Mass., and
Elizabeth R. LeBlanc of Charleston, S.C. two granddaughters, Sarah LeBlanc
and Ashley LeBlanc three first cousins, Glenda Arentzen, Peter Arentzen
and Roger Arentzen a second cousin, Pat Amass and her husband and a third
cousin, Bill Prentiss.
Mrs. Hopkins was preceded in death by her husband, Leon M. Hopkins ’37. She taught in Holland Public Schools in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and continued to substitute in the Holland Schools and Beechwood School until 1958. That same year, she and her family moved to Western Springs, Illinois, where she lived for 35 years. In 1993, she and her husband moved back to Holland to live.
Johanna, best known to her friends as Jo, was active in the American Association of University Women, church women's societies, and Questers. While living in Holland, Jo was a member of Hope Church prior to moving to Illinois and upon her return to Holland.
Jo was also preceded in death by her sister, Cornelia (Mrs. Harold) Decker.
Survivors include a son, John L. Hopkins of Washington, D.C. brothers and sisters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence ’48 (Eleanor) Hopkins of Holland, Mr. and Mrs. Preston (Betty) Hopkins Sr. of Zeeland, and Mrs. Kathleen Hopkins of Holland. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
She was the wife of Ross Koeser, mother of Kenneth Koeser of Poolesville, MD, Karen Shields of Albuquerque, NM, Douglas Koeser of Alexandria, V a., Gregory Koeser of Atlanta, Ga, sister of Raymond Zwemer of CA, Suzanne Zwemer ’54 Visser of AZ, Ted Zwemer of Ill., and grandmother of five. Jane loved being a mother and raised four beautiful children. She was a loving and giving person, who through her generosity made an impact on many lives.
A lifelong resident of Holland, Don was born June 17, 1920, to Frank and Alice Lievense at Holland Hospital (the old Netherlands Museum and B&B). He attended Washington School, Holland Junior High and High School and graduated from Hope College in 1942. Don spent a year as a Field Man for the Royal Liverpool Group in New York City prior to joining his father in 1944 in the Lievense Insurance Agency.
He provided “Insurance of All Kinds” until his retirement in 1986. An avid supporter of business and community, Don belonged to the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club, Head Start of Holland Child Daycare Board (20 years), Holland Country Club Board and Rotary Club (35 years), Holland Elks Life Member (65 years), Holland Fish and Game Club Life Member, Wolverine Senior Golf and R.O.M.E.O.’s He also served as a Deacon at Third Reformed Church.
Don’s memory will be forever cherished by his devoted wife, LaVerne Huyser ’46 Lievense; and their beloved children, James Lievense of Traverse City, William (Jane) Lievense of Ada and Robert Lievense of Holland, He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Andrew (Alison) Lievense of Northville, Molly (Jonathan) Howell of Rockford, Betsy (Andy) Atkins-van-Lieshout of Nunica, Laura (Erik) Williams of Ann Arbor, Ethan and Mason Lievense of Douglas; and five great-grandchildren, He will be remember for his love of family , friends, community, tennis, golf, hunting, fishing and bowling.
She was born July 25, 1921 in Holland, Mich., was a former resident of both Birmingham and Holland and a graduate of Hope College in Holland. Marjorie has been a Libertyville resident for the past four year and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are her son, Jim (Barbara) Lumsden of Lake Zurich; grandchildren, Jenny (Jason) Beale of Greensboro, NC and Ross (Amber) Wilkin of El Cajon, Ca.; great-grandchildren, Owen and Gavin Beale and Parker and Hunter Wilkin; and son-in-law, Gary Sullivan of Minneapolis, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Lumsden ’44 and daughter, Nancy Sullivan in 2004.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mariette B. Miles in 2009.
He is survived by his three children, Lorraine Miles (John Petrovich), a retired French teach¬er at Forest Hills Northern High School, Michele Miles ’73 Kopinski (Michael Kopinski), a teacher at Stepping Stones Montessori, and son, Thomas Paul Miles, a CPA in Denver, CO; seven grandchildren, Chad Rector (Sarah Bromeland), Kelly Rector- Engstrom (Lars Engstrom), Brian Kopinski, David Kopinski, Sara Miles, Christopher Miles and John Miles; six greatgrandchildren, Petra Engstrom, Soren Engstrom, Annike Engstrom, Tova Engstrom, Milo Rector, and Aldis Mariette Bromeland; and three nephews, George Miles of Holland, Cap Miles of Rockford and Steve Miles from Loch Lomond, CA. Wendell was born in Holland on April 17, 1916.
He received a B.A. from Hope College in 1938, an M.A. from the University of Wyoming in 1939, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan in 1942. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, completing his service as Captain of the 493rd Military Police Escort Guard, which was involved in transporting and interrogating German prisoners of war. After the war, he remained in Europe and tried black marketeering cases as an officer of the Judge Advocate Gene¬al (JAG) Corps officer in Marseille, France. While serving in Strasbourg, France, as the JAG Director of Claims, he met Mar¬iette Bruckert, a Frenchwoman who assisted him with translating. Mariette became his wife in 1946.
They moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where he became a Law Officer in the Third Army’s General Court.Upon his return to Holland, his father, Fred T. Miles, the Circuit Judge of Allegan and Ottawa counties, resigned from the bench and they formed the law firm of Miles and Miles. He was elected the Prosecuting Attorney of Ottawa County in 1948, 1950 and 1952. In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed him to be the United States District Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, a position in which he served as an active trial attorney. A lifelong Re¬publican, he was the party’s nominee for Michigan Attorney General in the 1960 election, losing to Democrat Frank Kelley. In 1961, he joined the law firm of Miles, Mka, Meyers, Beckett and Jones where he practiced law until 1970. This per¬od of his practice includ¬ed serving as the coun¬sel for Oil and Gas Public Utilities, from 1962-1968, as well as the Special City Attorney for the City of Grand Rapids in all the urban renewal cases.
He assisted in the condemna-tion of many buildings in the city’s downtown to allow for the construction of the Federal Building, State Building, City and County Buildings and the surrounding area.From 1963 to 1969, he also served as Special Counsel for the Grand Rapids School Board and, in this capacity, he argued before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Sailors v. Board of Education of Kent County, which presented a constitutional challenge to the Michigan statute addressing the election of county school boards. From 1965 to 1970, he also served as the First College Counsel for Ferris State College, handling all litigation for the college and acting as general counsel to the Board of Trustees. In May 1970, Governor William Milliken appointed him Circuit Judge for the 20th Judicial Circuit, which was composed of Ottawa and Allegan counties. On April 17, 1974, he was appointed United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan by President Richard M. Nixon, assuming the bench on May 9, 1974.
On May 9, 1986, he took Senior Status with a reduced case load and continued hearing cases until December 31, 2008. In 1989, he was appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to serve on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a seven year term. As a Senior District Judge, he was able to accept temporary assignments in other federal courts having backlogs of cases, enabling him to travel to and serve in Tampa and Fort Myers, Florida; Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; Washington, D.C., and St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. Although he took inactive status and resigned from the bench at the end of 2008, he continued to maintain regular office hours each week until the week before his death at age 97.
He had a great interest in history and enjoyed serving as the Court Historian. In addition to his lifelong love for the law, Judge Miles had a keen interest in news, politics and sports, particularly anything involving the University of Michigan, his favorite school.
He read constantly, including four newspapers a day for many years. He also loved music and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Grand Rapids Symphony. In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing tennis and golf, and skiing. He was a longtime member of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. He was a lifetime member of the First Methodist Church of Holland, and served as a Sunday school instructor. He was greatly interested in education, serving as a member of the Holland Board of Education from 1952-63, and as its president in 1961-1963. He also participated in many other service organizations. He was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of History at Hope College in 1947, 1981 and 1983-1996. The college granted him an honorary L.L.M. (Doctor of Laws) in 1980. He was also granted an honorary L.L.M. from Detroit College of Law in 1979.
In honor of his father, Judge Miles took part of his earnings from teaching at Hope and established the Miles Award in Law, awarded each year to a student of the college. He also was appointed by Governor Milliken and proudly served on the Michigan Higher Education Facilities Commission twice, for two four-year terms.
Patricia was born on February 28, 1929, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Patricia is survived by her two sisters – “Pudge” Delaney of Puyallup, Washington and Jan Kinney ’56 Ortquist of Beacon, N.Y.
Patricia was married more than 50 years to wade Hampton Moore ’50. Patricia and Wade raised their six sons; William, Robert, James, Jonathan, David and Daniel in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Possessing a true servant’s heart, Patricia faithfully cared for her family and friends. As a woman of faith and the heart of the Moore family, Patricia shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example.
With a real zest for life, Mrs. Moore loved to sing, worship, write in her journal, talk about her family and be with family…especially her grandchildren.
Her surviving family members are numerous, but include; six children and spouses; Bill and Kathy Moore, Bob and Brynn Moore, Jim and Kathy Moore, John and Robin Moore, Dave and Sherry Moore, Dan Moore; 26 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Other family members; unfortunately too many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews and Gods-children to list or even count.
After graduating from Zeeland High School, he attended college for one year. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at 19, and served his country faithfully and well. He was wounded in action in Vietnam.
After an honorable discharge, he and his older brother, Larry, joined together to build their father’s business ODL Inc. After developing a passion for sailing, he spent time enjoying the Bahamas with his children, Soon he returned to develop his farm, doing much of the work himself, as well as completing his Bachelors of Arts at Hope College. He then sailed the “Gypsy Anna” a 41’ ketch to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where he met his wife, Bobbi, while they were both enrolled at Stetson University. They were married in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and lived aboard the boat for several years while sailing the Caribbean extensively.
Upon their return to Daytona Beach he started his own business in construction and property maintenance. Garvin and Bobbi loved traveling, visiting over 41 countries. When he could no longer continue working, he devoted almost every day volunteering for Halifax Habitat for Humanity, and he was involved in constructing many homes in the area.
He’s missed and loved by many, but most of all by his wife of over 30 years, Bobbi. Safe journey through the next adventure, Garvin. He is survived by his wife, Bobbi; son, Chris and his wife, Shelly; daughter Kate and husband, Tom; four grandchildren, Dan, Elizabeth, Nikolas and Joshua; brother, Larry Mulder ’88 and his wife, Karen; two nephews, Jeffrey ’89 and Michael; sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Carol Saunders and her husband, Rusty, and their children, Kristin and Russel and his wife, Janel; and two Labrador retrievers, Biggy and Ziggy.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Norman ’50. Surviving are her twin sister, Annette Siderius ’52 (Jack ’51) DeWolf; brother, Peter (Patricia) Siderius; sister-in-law, Margaret Moerdyk ’50 Siderius; daughter, Sheryl (Rich) McCowen; son, John (Pamela) Newton; daughter, Mary (Michael) Sheehan; and son, Robert (Roxanne) Newton. Also surviving are grandchildren, Aaron (Samantha Hepner) Orellana, Luke (Nanea Thomas) Orellana, Kevin (fiancée, Haley Nicely) Newton, Chad (Reva) Sheehan, Casey (Duwayne Hunt) Sheehan, Christopher (Shannon) Sheehan, Sarah (Mark) VanTongeren, Ryan (Amanda Sweich) Newton, Lauren (Dave Dalton) Newton, Taylor (Paige Mather) Newton and great-grandchildren, Kayla Sheehan, Chase Sheehan, Camryn Hunt, Michael Newton and Titus VanTongeren.
Jeannette will be remembered for her love of the Lord and her family. Originally from Lansing, Ill., Jeannette moved to West Michigan and was a graduate of Hope College. She taught fifth grade for a brief time while her husband, John, was in medical school, but was then a homemaker, an amazing and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend. Over the years, she enjoyed many things including tennis, as she played well into her 60’s She enjoyed traveling, and most recently was very active within the Porter Hills retirement community.
David Nykerk ’65 of Aurora, Colo., wonderful husband, fabulous dad, loving grandfather and not only fun but inspirational teacher, friend, and colleague left this world at 12:43am this morning, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.
He was surrounded by his loving family. He was a teacher in the Aurora Public School district.He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Nykerk ’34.Survivors include his wife, Mary Proos ’62 Nykerk; children, grandchildren; and sister, Nancy Nykerk ’65 Kleinheksel.
Dr. Olson was a retired minister in the United Church of Christ as well as a retired Instructor of Speech at Butler University and Indiana-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He is a noted scholar of the New England Transcendentalists including Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller.
He founded the Indiana AIDS Pastoral Care Network. He graduated from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary and received an Ed.d. from Teachers College at Columbia University.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosemary Morrison ’57 Olson; by his children, Kevin and Daughter-in-law, May, Kerry, Kendra and Kerwin; by his brother, Allen Olson and wife Joan and his sister, Judy Olson ’60 Millar and husband Paul; by sisters-in-law, Dorothy Webster and husband Nevin; Linda Morrison ’71 Litherland and husband Eugene; and by his grandchildren, Kira, Daniel, Shira, Lewis, Michael, Ian and Laura.
Janet was born in South Boston, VA on August 19, 1968 to Walter E. Owen, Jr. and June Martin Owen. She moved to Gaylord, MI with her parents in 1970 and went through the Gaylord School System.
She graduated from Gaylord High School and Hope College in Holland, MI before returning to her southern roots. Janet has made her home in Winston Salem, NC for the past 14 years. Janet is a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem. Janet served as president of the Board of Trustees from 2009-2011, and as the chair of the Social Action Council from 2011 to 2013. She is a co-founder of Soul Talk at the Fellowship.
During her years at the Fellowship she was a member of many other committes and groups including the Library Committee, the Building Use Task Force, Music Committee, chair of Interweave, group leader for Small Group Ministry, and many other groups. Janet always said, though, that her favorite way to serve the Fellowship was Service Leader on Sunday mornings. She said she absolutely loved standing up in front of the congregation and seeing everyone's smiling faces. Janet was quite actively involved in several community groups. She had worked with CHANGE for many years, and she was serving as a member of CHANGE's Strategy Team until her death. She was a co-founder of Interfaith Voice, and served as its co-chair until her death.
Janet is survived by her wife and partner of 15 years Seretha Masdon, her parents Walter and June Owen of Gaylord MI, a sister Susan Owen Rosso and brother-in-law Keith Rosso of Macomb Township MI, sister- and brother-in-law Connie Masdon Riser and Patrick Riser of Macon, GA, brother-in-law Joe Masdon of Burlington, NC, and 5 nieces and nephews Stephanie Lovalvo Lovy of Stuttgard Germany, Paige Riser of Macon GA, Piper Riser of Macon GA, Jonathan Masdon of Burlington, NC and Robert Masdon of Burlington NC.
Born on July 2, 1919, in Oceana County, Michigan. Earl lived a remarkable life full of professional and civic accomplishments, connecting him to one of the most important projects of the 20th century. But more impressively, Earl lived a life of friendship and commitment which was described as unyielding and contagious by all who knew him. Holding the hand of his beloved bride of 71 years, Earl passed away on the evening of July 28, 2013,in Richmond, Va. Moments after he slipped into eternal sleep, the sky cleared, evoking the summer's first full rainbow, a mark of punctuation that did not go unnoticed by his family.
An avid student, Earl obtained a Bachelor of Science from Hope College in 1940, a Master's degree from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ohio State. He was selected to work on the Manhattan Project while still a doctoral student, and later worked for DuPont for over 30 years. After his retirement, he started a consulting business and was a voracious reader of American history and biography. On August 21, 1941, he married Patricia Verhulst ’38, a classmate at Hope College.
The couple has two children, Stephen Purchase of Baltimore, Md., Laurel Purchase of Richmond, Va. and a beloved son-in-law, Andy Gray of Richmond, Va. Over their 71 years, they traveled all over the world, visiting places as far away as Fiji and Hong Kong. Ever thoughtful, they were known for returning from their travels with tokens to share with friends and family. Earl was a member of the United Methodist Church for over 70 years, enjoying the last 30 as a member of Reveille Church in Richmond. For over 60 years he was a church greeter, gardener and held positions of leadership on a variety of church boards. His faith in Christ was the foundation of his life guiding his every action. He was dignified, kind and honorable. His family draws comfort knowing he left an impression on everyone he met. His friends sigh, thankful for having known
David, co-owner of the Apple Tree Auction Center in Newark, died September 1, 2013 at his home surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 5, 1971 to Samuel L. and Heidi R. (Borroway) Schnaidt.
A graduate of Granville High School, David furthered his education at Hope College earning a B.A. in communications and most importantly, meeting the love of his life, Becky. An internship at Campbell's Soup solidified his love of sales and marketing; and with his soon-to-be-wife's encouragement, they returned to Granville to join his parents, Sam and Heidi, in their family business. Dave poured himself into Apple Tree with his motivation, innovation, and big personality causing the business to flourish. As Dave introduced the internet to Apple Tree Auction, it grew larger than the Newark-Columbus area, becoming a national/international presence. In 2009 Apple Tree's walls had to expand to accommodate, resulting in a beautiful new building of which David was very proud. In fact as the business continues to expand, a renovation of the old building is taking place… all a tribute to all the major contributions Dave brought to Apple Tree.
David was a member of Vineyard Grace Fellowship. He was appointed to the State of Ohio Auction Commission in 2005 and served as chairman in 2007, 2009, and 2013. David believed strongly in helping others, serving in his church, participating in two mission trips to Haiti and this year founding the Spokesmen for a Cure Pelotonia team. David was an absolute blessing and inspired the lives of many, even those who never met him. Above all, David was a committed husband and father. Second only to his love for the Lord, David consistently made his family his top priority, never missing any of his children's sporting events, concerts or activites, and devoting himself to Becky.
In addition to his parents, surviving are
his wife, Rebecca L. (Koops ’92) Schnaidt; daughters, Madeline
and Gabriella Schnaidt; son, Calvin Schnaidt; sister, Debbie Schnaidt ’90
Allen and her husband, Tom of Granville; grandmother, Maria M. Borroway "Oma" of
Heath; mother and father-in-law, Earl and Charlotte Koops ’64 of
the Carolinas, brother-in-law, Matt Koops ’94 and his wife Brooke
of Rochester, MI; nieces and nephews; and special friends, Kevin and
April Kale, and Kevin and Bobbi Jo Finley.
He had been involved in.an accident on Saturday, Aug. 17, at High Plains Raceway during a race of the Porsche Club of America (PCA). He had been a long-time member of the Rocky Mountain Region of the PCA.He owned J. Schouten Construction Company.
his wife Arnette Schouten; and three children.
He loved fine dining especially when the meal was cooked by his wife – attending the theatre – especially Shakespeare – and coaching and cheering on his grandsons’ sporting events especially when they won. He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on March 22, 1936 to Milton ’36 and Evelyn Spaan.
He was an accomplished athlete, winning multiple city titles for South High School in the 400 meters and once pitching a no hitter. He graduated from Hope College in 1958 where he had been a member of the Frater fraternity, wrote for the school newspaper, and held many school records for his performance on the track. He continued his education at the university of Michigan, where he earned a Master’s degree in English Literature and a subsequent Ph.D. in Early Irish Literature in 1969.
He was a teaching fellow and lecturer at the University, tutored student athletes, and was the track coach at St. Thomas High School (now Gabriel Richard). While at U of M Dave met his future wife, Mary Wicker, whom he married in 1960. He and Mary attended the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ont. On their honeymoon in 1960 and continued to attend almost every season until last year. They had two daughters, Deirdre and Caitlin. After completing his Ph.D., the family moved to Ireland where they lived from 1969-1971 while Dave conducted post-doctoral studies; he maintained a lifelong affection for the people and culture of Ireland. The family moved to Grass Lake, Michigan in 1975 where Dave restored and converted the abandoned Calftown General Store into a home for his family and began a war with the local red squirrels that continued to his death. He worked as a farmer and carpenter for many years.
Even after he left “formal” academic life, he continued to coach and teach; he taught English and religion courses at Jackson State Prison, substituted at Grass Lake High School and mentored many members of his daughters basketball and track teams, David was a seasoned ticket holder and frustrated fan of University of Michigan Football for over 40 years and was able to predict with 95% accuracy all plays called by late coach Bo Schembechler. Dave and Mary loved spending time with their daughter Deirdre and her husband Jim at their cottage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where they hiked to waterfalls, visited brewpubs and feasted on fresh Lake Superior whitefish. They maintained a winter home in San Francisco, around the corner from their daughter Caitlin and her husband Bill and grandsons, David and Liam. While in San Francisco they shared meals, attended sporting and school events and immersed themselves in the daily lived of the Woodruff household. Dave died peacefully at this home in San Francisco after struggling for many years with various heart and lung problems.
He is survived by
his wife of over 52 years, Mary Spaan; daughters Deirdre (Jim) Fidler
and Caitlin (Bill Woodruff) Spaan; sister, Marcia Spaan ’63 (Lance
Sr.’62) Evert; sister-in-law, Jane Guy; grandsons, David (Liam)
Woodruff; nephews Stephen Guy, Lance Evert Jr.’91, and Jason Evert ’93
and niece Linda O’Marra.
Bob was a former Mayor and long-time resident of east Grand Rapids. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, June Dunster ’52 Stoppels and their children, Robin, Jon (Barb) and Mike (Connie); six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother; two sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
He will be remembered as a strong but gentle man who got along with people of all walks of life. Bob worked in the insurance business for many years, owning a family-operated agency in east Grand Rapids. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and spending time with his family. Over the years, Bob was involved in community theater, service clubs, scouting and youth clubs. Bob was a World War II veteran serving in the Navy.
After living a rich and dedicated life serving her Lord for over 92 years, Morrell (Morrie) Fosdick Webber ’42 Swart of Canon City, Colo., peacefully entered into the arms of her Savior at home on July 30, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Morrie was born in Flushing, New York, in 1921. She attended Hope College in Holland, a college of the Reformed Church of America (RCA), graduating in 1943 with a BA degree in teaching. In June of 1944, she married John Robert (Bob) Swart whom she had met at Hope College. They moved to Grace Reformed Church in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where Bob pastored for two years.
Feeling God’s call to work in missions, Morrie and Bob left the U.S. to work in Africa, a commitment that spanned 40 years. Their mission service took them to Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya before retiring in 1988.Morrie and Bob moved to Canon City in 1989, where they became active members of the Evangelical Free Church. Morrie held a Bible study in her home for over 23 years. The group of 10- 14 women, nicknamed “Morrie’s Magpies,” enjoyed each other’s company as they studied the Bible on Tuesday mornings of each week. Morrie also attended a weekly prayer group that prayed for the needs and concerns of the church body, as well as serving on the Sunday Prayer Team.
In addition to her sister, Adrienne King of Sharon, Connecticut, Morrie is survived by four daughters, Valerie Swart ’67 (Newt) Powell of Zeeland, Gayle Smith of Canon City, CO, Merry (Don) Hill of Selah, WA, Chloe (Mark) Young of Chapel Hill, NC; a son, Dick (Donna) Swart of Omo River Post, Ethiopia; daughter-in-law, Deb Reick of Edgeton, MN; grandchildren, Christie-Ann Powell ’93 and Robert (Andrea) Powell, Dawn (Joe) Hogan and Brandon (Sierra) Borschel, Jon (Lonna) Hill, Jeff (Amy) Hill, and Sarah (Chris) Lundberg, Renee (John) Abbott, Laura (Matt) McGirt, J.R. (Lindsay) Young, Leah (Tim) Mittelstaedt, Caleb (Joanna) Swart and Shelah (Dave) Hunziker; and great-grandchildren, which currently number 29. Morrie was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Swart ’41 in 2000; a son, John Robert (Jack) Swart, Jr.; and two grandsons, Justin and Craig, who died in Kenya in 1989.
Nathan Paul TenHuisen ’85 died suddenly Wednesday, Aug, 7, 2013, at Riddle Hospital, Media, Pa., from cardiac arrest. He was 50. Nate was born in Jamestown, N.Y., to Paul and Josephine (Taft) Ten Huisen, and raised in Clymer, N.Y.
He graduated from Clymer Central School in 1981, Hope College in 1986 and later received his masters in business administration in consumer brand marketing from Vanderbilt University. Nate's business career included positions at Fallon McElligott in Minneapolis, Cadbury-Schweppes in Connecticut, Pepsi and Prandium in California, SCA in Philadelphia, and Astra Zeneca in Wilmington, Del. Nate was senior director of marketing at Astra Zeneca at the time of his death. Nate was a trusted coworker and friend whose thoughtful opinion was sought after by many and delivered with a wry smile and a twinkle in his eye. Nate's proud father states that the bearer of his name never did anything to make his father ashamed and was gentle and caring toward everyone.
Nate remembered his childhood on the family dairy farm in Clymer as idyllic. As the beloved eldest child of six and bachelor uncle to many, Nate spent Christmases and summer vacations trying to replicate and relive those memories with his brothers and sister, nieces and nephews.
A family man in his heart, Nate was thrilled when he met Dana Settembrino and married in 2006 and could finally have a family of his own.
survived by his wife, Dana Settembrino and three children: Riley (11),
Anthony Joseph (6) and Luke (5) TenHuisen; his parents, Paul and Josephine
TenHuisen of Clymer, N.Y.; and his siblings and their families: Matthew
TenHuisen ’87 (Chris Gore) of Wilmington, N.C., and daughter, Katie,
Dwight (Heather Raak ’88 TenHuisen ’88 of Grand Rapids, Mich.,
and children: Sophia, Olivia, Isaiah, and Susannah, Andrew (Lexie) TenHuisen
of Waynesboro, Ga., and children: Glori, Codi and Caleb, Calvin (Toni)
TenHuisen of Clymer, N.Y., and sons: Zacchary and Cooper, and Elana TenHuisen ’94
(Kam) Brewer of Philadelphia, and children: Alexander, Kalista and Natalie.
Other relatives include aunts: Thelma (TenHuisen) Heil and Carolyn (Taft)
Whitehead; and his uncle, John Nyweide. His loss is grieved also by in-laws:
Anthony and Eleanor Settembrino; brother-in-law, Chris (Nicole) Settembrino
and children Nick, Josie, and Kate of Philadelphia; and grandmother,
Eleanor Waldron of Philadelphia.He was preceded in death by his grandparents:
Clifford and Mabel TenHuisen and Frances and Rolland Taft; an uncle,
John Heil; and an aunt, Margaret (TenHuisen) Nyweide.
Bea was born and raised in New Jersey. She married Elton in 1946 and moved to Michigan where they attended Hope College. Bea was a wonderful pastor’s wife, involved and engaged in all the churches Elton served: First reformed Church of Bryon Center, Beechwood Reformed Church in Holland, Westwood Reformed Church in Westwood, New Jersey, Home Acres Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, and Emmanuel Reformed Church in Waupun, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton Van Pernis ’48.
Bea is survived by her son, Dan ’76 (Jeanne)
Van Pernis of Kentwood; daughter, Mary (Tom ’83) Bamborough of grand
Rapids; grandchildren, Matt VanPernis of Helena , Montana, Jon (Jenn)
Van Pernis of Hudsonville, Tom (Kelsey) Van Pernis of Jenison, Anna (John)
of Pasadena, California; three great-grandchildren; and special friend,
He was born in Battle Creek, MI on January 13, 1942.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Arnold ’35 Van Zanten.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Fridlington ’64 Van
Zanten; daughter Kirsten Van Zanten ’91 Sarginger (Jon), San Jose,
CA; son, John Van Zanten (Hillarie), Keller, TX and brother, Alexander
Van Zanten (Judy), Battle Creek, MI. "Grandpa Beach" will always
be remembered by his grandchildren, Ellie and Zachary Sarginger and Jack,
Isabelle, and Alex Van Zanten for the fun times at the beach.Arnold received
his BSEE and MBA from the University of Michigan. His career encompassed
Accenture Consulting and Sr. Vice President of American Natural Resources
in Detroit. Upon moving to Houston, TX he served as Sr. Vice President
of Coastal Corporation and Executive Vice President of National Convenience
Stores. Upon retirement he moved to Clearwater Beach and was a consultant
for corporate CEO's.He will be remembered for his kind and generous ways,
love of teaching, and business acumen. He served on the Hope College
Board of Trustees, Holland, MI for 12 years. He loved boating, the arts,
traveling and spending time with his family.
Rick was born on Dec. 5, 1948, in Grand Rapids to Peter J. and Lois (Post) VanHaitsma and graduated from Byron Center High School with the class of 1967. Rick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College in 1971, and his Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in 1975.
On June 12, 1971, he married Laurel B. Dekker in Homewood, Ill., and they have celebrated 42 years together. Rick began his ministry at Beechwood Reformed Church in Holland before moving to Scottville in 1987, where currently serves as Pastor of Mason County Reformed Church. Rick was an avid sports fan enjoying any sport that involved a ball.
Her served as Chaplain for the Mason County Central Football team, and would often be seen cheering on MCC, MCE and Ludington sports teams. He was an avid Detroit tigers fan, but nothing compared to his love for Hope College and the flying Dutch. Rick was a member of the Mason County and Scottville Ministerial Associations and served as Treasurer of the Scottville Ministerial Association for many years.
He had a tremendous heart for the people of Mason County and dedicated himself to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Rick was preceded in death by his father, Peter; and his brother, Rudy Jack Van Haitsma.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Laurel Dekker ’72
Van Haitsma; his sons and their wives, Bryan ’99 and Erika Van
Haitsma of Scottville, Jared ’02 and Lori Schilling ’01 Van
Haitsma of Norwich, Connecticut; his beloved grandchildren, Rina, Micah
and Aliyah of Scottville and Eben, Aliza, Nora and Zane of Norwich. He
will also be missed by his mother, Lois VanHaitsma of Byron Center; his
brothers, Larry and Sally Van Haitsma of Byron Center and Dennis Van
Haitsma ’68 of Holland; his aunt, Kathryn Post of Wyoming; his
uncle, Marvin Bolhuis; and several nieces and nephews.
He was born in Bentheim and grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he attended South High with President Gerald ford. He went to Hope College, where he met the love of his life, Mary Jane (Molly) Vaupell ’39.
They were members of Third Reformed Church and he was active in the Rotary Club, H.A.S.P., the Holland Country Club and ROMEO’S (Retired Old Men Eating Out Society). Andy was an insurance agent with Lievense Insurance Agency for 40 years, and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He loved to sail and was known for his hearty laugh and for telling stories.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Molly ’39 , in 2004; siblings, Ray Vollink, Jean Harger, Sylvia Kuipers and Gladys Belt. He is survived by his daughters Ronnie Vollink ’68 (Ross) Pobanz of Indian River, Dawn Vollink ’72 of Kalamazoo; sister, Margaret Boukamp of Jenison; sister-in-law, Peg Vollink of Grand Rapids; many nieces and nephews.
He was born in Zeeland on Nov. 9, 1926 and passed away at his home in Holland.
Bill is survived by his
wife, Grace (Reitsma) Wolbert; children, Nancie Schmidt of Aurora,
Ill., Ed and Gina Wolbert of Lisle, Ill; brother, Jay Wolbert of Holland;
Marcia Wolbert of Holland; stepchildren, Joni Reitsma of Elmhurst,
Ill., Randy and Patti Reitsma of Jenison, and Gary and Ronda Reitsma
along with 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded
in death by his wife, Anna (Knol) Wolbert; stepson, Albert Reitsma;
and sister-in-law, Ann Wolbert. Bill served in the U.S. Navy in World
II, Graduated with chemistry degrees from Hope College and Indiana
University and had a long career in research and development. After his
Bill enjoyed woodworking, gardening and charitable work, including
foster care and disaster relief with the Red Cross. Bill was a member
Christian Reformed Church.
Nick was born and raised in Muskegon, Mich. He was a standout football quarterback at Muskegon High School and in college, earning All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors and Most Valuable Player from 1946 to 1949 at Hope College in Holland, Mich.
Nick also served his country in the U.S. Army in 1945 and 1946, and in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1954.
He finished his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Hope College in 1950. He went on to complete his Master of Arts and doctoral degrees in religious studies from Columbia University, New York, in 1956 and 1961 respectively. He was married to Thea from Wurzburg, Germany, in 1960. They moved to Corvallis, where Nick started a career as Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Oregon State University.
He retired Professor Emeritus in 1992.While at OSU he wrote and published his major work, “God, Man and the Planetary Age,” in 1978. He updated and republished it in 2002.In retirement, Nick enjoyed writing, traveling and his family.He is survived by his wife, Thea; his sons, Nick, Rob and Mark; and five grandchildren. One of Nick’s anecdotes follows:I wish to thank all my coaches at Hope who taught me to play hard but fair. I also wish to thank Billy Young, who was Hillsdale’s outstanding “scat back” in those days.In the key game of my senior year, Billy broke loose along the left sideline. He had already scored on one long run, but this time, he cut back into the middle of the field and tried to fake me out. I didn’t take the fake, and nailed him. While we lay on the turf at midfield, he turned around and said quietly, “Nice tackle, Nick.”
I was surprised and moved. Usually if an opponent is complimented, it is after the close of the game. But this was very much in the midst of battle, in a game that was crucial to both teams. This was something special; this was sportsmanship at its best.Hillsdale and Billy Young won the game that day. But Billy also taught me something personal and profound. May we all play the game that way.