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August 2014 Obituaries


Myron Kollen '36 (6/21/14)

Marjorie Highfield '44 (12/3/13)

Olive Boonstra '46 Williams (6/4/14)

Donald Scholten '48 (5/6/14)

Gordon Beld '50 (5/9/14)

Floyd Goulooze '50 (6/5/14)

James Hoffman '50 (7/1/14)

Dorothy Stahl '50 VanderVelde (6/27/14)

James De Spelder '52 (5/22/14)

Verne Elliott '52 (5/23/14)

Clayton Ter Haar (5/15/14)

Dennis DeHaan '54 (5/16/14)

Joyce Mulder '54 Scholten (5/30/14)

Ronald Ackermann '56 (5/15/14)

Sally DeWolf '59 Weersing (6/3/14)

Marvin Petroelje '60 (6/21/14)

Ellis Wykstra '61 (3/2/14)

Ardeane Koetsier '63 (5/24/14)

Dirck De Velder '65 (5/17/14)

Thomas Grundvig '73 (6/16/14)

Roger Boerigter '75 (5/24/14)

H. Russel Botman (5/24/14)

JoAnn Marshall (6/27/14)

Stuart Sharp (8/1/14)

Myron Kollen '36 Born August 23, 1913 to James and Minnie (Folkert) Kollen on a farm near Overisel (Holland) MI. His death on Saturday, June 21, 2014 was preceded by that of his parents, his older siblings, Harvey (Ruth Kleinheksel) Kollen and Janet (Peter) Schreuder, and a younger sister, Marie, at the age of 18. His childhood was typical like many farm youth during the 1929 Depression period, with his education starting in a "one teacher for eight grades" school, followed by Holland High, Hope College and more. In 1940, he joined the Unical Oil Research Laboratory in Los Angeles, assigned to modify and protect shipment of English and French war orders filled by us due to the European conflict. When the Japanese bombed Hawaii, he and his recent wife moved their family to Detroit, where he continued similar work for the war effort. In 1961, he and his family moved to Vicksburg, MI. He began working at Research Molding in Mendon, enjoying furthering thermoplastic molding development. He continued this type of work until age 75, transferring into the sister company, Summit Polymers. Through it all, he had married Clarissa Gunneman, whom he had known from grade school days. They were blessed with five children, Judith (Dave) Portinga, Robert (Carol Greendyke) Kollen, Kathleen (John) Gruizenga, Ronald Kollen and Carol (James) Hall. During these years, he and the family were active participating members of Christian congregations where they resided. Clarissa and Myron took the family on month long, family bonding vacations, which ended when Clarissa's cancer and children's maturity made it impractical. After Clarissa's death, he married Helena Vander Salm Van Dyke, who preceded him in death. This welcomed additional family, including daughters, Marilyn (Dale, deceased) Osterhouse and Kathleen Hubbard, and son, John (Linda Koch) VanDyke. The combined family includes 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, resulting in many happy family gatherings.

Marjorie Emery '44 Highfield formerly of Greenville and Grand Rapids, passed away Tuesday December 3, 2013 at Birchwood Estate in Ann Arbor. She was born in Grand Haven on March 5, 1923, the daughter of Ello and Marie (Jonker) Emery. She earned her bachelor's degree from Hope College and her master's degree from the University of Michigan. Mrs. Highfield was a respected educator with Greenville Public Schools and Montcalm Community College for many years. She was married to Jack D. Highfield on August 7, 1946 in Grand Haven. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2011. She and Jack were longtime members of the First Congregational Church in Greenville and she was a member of the Si Quaris Club and served on the Greenville Public Library Board. She is survived by her son, Michael D. (Andrea) Highfield of Ann Arbor; grandchildren, Christopher Highfield of Brighton, MI and Amanda (Christopher) Eby of Cincinnati, OH; great-grandchildren, Jake, Brenden, Rylan, and Miles; sister, Jacqueline Groff of St. Petersburg FL; brother-in-law, Terry Highfield of Kalamazoo; and sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Highfield of California

Olive Boonstra '46 Williams


Donald Scholten '48 passed away at home in Sarasota on Tue., May 6th, at the age of 88. Born in Michigan, he attended Hope College and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Prior to college, he served in WWII and was a POW in Germany. After a successful career in sales with 3M Company, he retired to Sarasota where he enjoyed singing (Sarasota's Chorus of the Keys and Church of the Palms' Praise and Glory group), golf, and woodcarving. Most precious to him was time spent with his wife of 65 years and extended family (three daughters, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren).

Gordon Beld '50 of Holland, formerly of Grand Rapids and Alma, died May 9, 2014 at the age of 86.  Among survivors are his wife, Martha D., '51; a son, Dr. Scott G. Beld of Ann Arbor; a daughter, Dala J. Beld (Antxon Basurko) of Pasai Donibane, The Basque Country of Spain.; and two grandchildren, Alar and Dala Basurko of Pasai Donibane.
 He was predeceased by daughter Barbara Wagner.  He received degrees from Hope and the University of Michigan.  As a trooper of the U. S. Constabulary, he served in the occupation of Germany after World War II.  He was an editorial staff member of The Grand Rapids Press and The Grand Rapids Herald, a teacher at Kelloggsville and Godwin Heights Public Schools, and a teacher/administrator at Wyoming Public Schools.  For 24 years he was director of news services and publications at Alma College.  Interested in local and regional history, he was the first chairman of the Wyoming Historical and Cultural Commission (1963-65) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Holland Area Historical Society (1997-2003). 
Nearly three hundred of his historical features were published by newspapers and magazines. His historical novel, A Gentle Breeze from Gossamer Wings, was published in 1999; and two books concerning the history of Grand Rapids were released in 2012.  A collaboration with Alma area historian David McMacken produced the 2014 volume, A History of Alma College:Where Plaid and Pride Prevail.  Since 1980 refugees and other immigrants were the focus of his voluntary efforts, and he and Martha were involved in sponsorships of refugees from Cambodia in Alma, from Vietnam in Grand Rapids, and from Kosovo in Holland. 
For more than twenty years he provided volunteer public relations and editorial assistance to Exodus World Service, an Illinois-based organization which mobilizes Christian volunteers in service to refugees.  In 1994 he was the first recipient of Exodus's Open Arms Service Award for efforts in behalf of refugees.  For many years he served in Holland as a tutor in English-as-a-Second Language classes for immigrants.  He was a deacon and elder of Faith Reformed Church in Wyoming, chairman of the Administrative Board and several committees of Alma United Methodist Church, and pastoral care elder at Christ Memorial Church in Holland. 

Floyd Goulooze '50 passed into the arms of his Savior on June 5, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daugh­ter, Judie Maxwell; son, Richard (Linda); grand­children, Scott, Eric Maxwell (Amy), Ryan and Casey Goulooze; brother, Charles (Sandra) Goulooze; several nieces and nephews in Holland.

James Hoffman '50of Holland, went to be with his Lord Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at The Inn at Freedom Village.

Jim was born in Hackensack, NJ, on May 29, 1926, to James and Catharine (Hekhuis) Hoffman.

He graduated from Hope College in 1950.

Jim retired from First Michigan Bank where he was former VP and Direc­tor of Marketing.

He was a member of Third Reformed Church and a former member of Trinity Reformed Church, where he served on the greater consistory.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Jim is survived by his wife, Eleanor of 64 years; children, Sara Steben and Steven Hoffman; brothers-in-law, Thomas and Lois Van Dahm and Howard Van Dahm; nephews, nieces, cousins.


Dorothy Stahl '50 VanderVelde of Zeeland, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014 at Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital.

Dorothy was a member of the First Reformed Church in Zeeland, and she volunteered for more than 50 years at Zeeland Community Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 2004 and a daughter, Linda Klunder, in 1981.

She is survived by her daughters, Randi and Michael Miller of Sturgis, Michigan, and Debra and James Pyle of Zeeland; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, William and Lee Stahl of New Jersey; in-laws, Arloa and Dr. Ken Vander Kolk of Grand Rapids, and Jane and Larry Smith of Zeeland.


James De Spelder '52 of Grand Haven, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Heartwood Lodge. He was born April 4, 1924 in Grand Rapids to James E. and Frances (Becker) de Spelder. He was married to Angie Jean Resner of Grand Haven who preceded him in death in 1993. Mr. de Spelder proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps (medical corps) during World War II. He was a graduate of Hope College and earned his Master's Degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He served as a hospital administrator in St. Ignace, Detroit, Rochester Hills, Marshall, and Ridgway, PA. Mr. de Spelder was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, Educator, Entrepreneur and an involved member of St. Patrick - St. Anthony Catholic Church in Grand Haven, where he had served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the American Legion where he had formerly served as head of the Honor Guard, Post Chaplain, and District Chaplain. Survivors include three sons, Richard of Grand Haven, James (Therese) of Lansing, and Robert of Grand Rapids; and three grandchildren: James C, Joel, and Jeffrey de Spelder.

Verne Elliott '52 of Traverse City, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Munson Medical Center. He was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Elk Rapids to Forrest and Lulu (Ayers) Elliott. He graduated from Elk Rapids High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the Pacific-Asiatic Theater during World War II. Verne attended Hope College for two years and received a B.A. degree from Michigan State University in 1950. On Oct. 14, 1950, he married Anne Essenberg in Angola, Ind., where they made their home. In 1954, they returned to Elk Rapids where he worked in the family grocery business. He later worked as a clerk at the Elk Rapids Post Office. He was appointed Postmaster in 1965 and retired in 1984. Verne was active in the Elk Rapids Tourist Association and the Housing Commission. They moved to Traverse City in 1985 and were active in the First Christian Church of Traverse City. Verne enjoyed golfing, playing poker with his friends and playing cards with his family. Surviving are his wife, Anne; children, Tracy (Elizabeth) Elliott of Traverse City, and Rochelle (Mervyn) Jones of Interlochen; grandchildren, Josh (Ingrid), Olivia and Bridgette Jones, and Tiffany, Lindsey and Carley Elliott; and five great-grandchildren.


Clayton Ter Haar '52  of Holland, died Thursday May 15, 2014, at Holland Hospital.

Born and raised in Hol­land, he was a graduate of Holland High School, and in 1950 he married Ruth Mendels. Clayt came from a long line of family members involved in the automobile busi­ness and he was partner and general manager of Vandenberg Motors Inc. for 40 years. During his lifetime, Clayt belonged to National Guard Com­pany D of Holland, was an active member of Christ Memorial Church where he served on consistory, was a former Holland City Council member, past president of the Hol­land Rotary club, and a member of Hope College’s Academy of Senior Profes­sionals (HASP) . He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 2011; sons, Kim Ter Haar in 1971, and David Ter Haar in 2013; and sister, Genevieve Vander Beek.

Surviving are his son, Richard Ter Haar and friend, Gina Nelson of Naples, FL; grandchil­dren, Katherine, Rebecca and Lesile Ter Haar; and great-grandson, Brayden Alexander Brawner. Also surviving are a brother, Erwin and Sandy Ter Haar of Holland; daughter­in- law, Holly Ter Haar of Hilton Head Island, SC; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dennis DeHaan '54 of Grand Rapids went home to be with the Lord Friday, May 16, 2014 at Rest Haven Home. He was born December 12, 1932 in Zeeland, MI. Dennis was preceded in death by sister Rosabelle Martin, and brother Jay DeHaan. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy (nee Schipper), children, Mark (Kathy) of Belmont, Kirk (Chris) of Ada, Jane (Kent) Dolan of Portland, OR and Eric (Jill) of Bloomington IN; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild due in July; sister Thresa Knight. Dennis received his Bachelor's degree from Hope College, and then served 2 years in the military before continuing his education at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago. He pastored churches in Iowa and Michigan before joining RBC Ministries in 1971 where he served as editor of Our Daily Bread until 1995.

  Joyce Mulder '54 Scholten died on Friday May 30, 2014 at Heritage Nursing Facility in Zeeland where she has been a resident since 2002. She died of Alzheimer's complications.Joyce is the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. John R. Mulder. She graduated from Holland High School and has an AB degree form Hope College where she was the first female athlete to receive the Jack Schouten All Sports Award. Joyce taught 2nd and 3rd grades at Washington and Longfellow Schools.She is survived by her husband Eugene (Gene) Scholten of Holland; son, John R. Scholten of Lansing; son, David and wife Beth Scholten, Sam and Paige of East Lansing; daughter, Nancy and Todd Kamstra, Josh, Jake, and Sarah of Holland. Joyce is also survived by in-laws, Leon and Adrie Scholten, Justin and Joyce B. Scholten, Al and Carole Scholten all of Holland, and Bea Scholten of Plantation Key, FL.She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary and Phillip Baron and a sister-in-law, Ruth and Jan Osterop all of Holland. Cremation has taken place.


  Ronald Ackermann '56 Ron departed from this earth peacefully to the Lord's home in heaven on Thursday May 15, 2014 at the age of 80. He is survived by his beloved wife Elizabeth "Betty" (nee Koch) of 44 years, brothers Roy (Mary) and Carl (Choey), sister Linda, children Mike, Kellie (Beverly), Bob, Peggi (Gary) Hoerter, Ron (Julie), and 13 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ron was born May 10, 1934 in Cedar Grove, WI as the second of 4 children born to Melita and Louis Ackermann. Ron graduated from Cedar Grove High School in 1952, where he was active in band, played sports, and attended scout camps and Badger Boys State. In 1956, he graduated Hope College in Holland, MI. He completed Army training at Fort Gordon Georgia before returning to Madison, WI for additional college coursework. He was hired from college by the Froedtert Malt Corporation, where he worked for 44 years, retiring as Executive Vice President in 2001. In May of 2006, Ron was recognized as a member of the "Fifty-Year Circle" by the Hope College Alumni Association. Ron and his wife Betty enjoyed their retirement by traveling, golfing, being active in the church, and attending various social events near their homes in Wauchula, FL and Cedarburg, WI.

Marvin Petroelje '60 Marvin J. Petroelje age 78, of Holland, died Saturday, June 21, 2014 at an area care center. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Sean Nyland; sister, Grace Behrens and brother, Gerald Petroelje. Marve was the son of Martin and Cora Petroelje.

He earned his PH.D. in History and taught at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa for 11 years. He retired from S. Abraham and Sons as a System's Analyst. He enjoyed hobbies of Photography, wood carving and reading, and often volunteered with World Renew for their disaster relief services. He was a member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marguerite, children, Kathleen Petroelje of Grand Rapids, Jeanne Petroelje of Holland, Mark Petroelje of Holland; 7 grandchildren; siblings Pat Hoekstra of Holland, Anna Mae and Ray Sterken of Zeeland, Bea and Marv Keen of Holland; in-laws, Phyl Petroelje of Holland, John Groeneveld of Pinellas Park, Florida; several nieces and nephews.


  Ellis Wykstra '61 The heart of Ellie Wykstra was evident in all he said and did. He gave selflessly of his time, his talents, and shared his unending faith in ways all his own. Ellie was a beloved man who was outgoing, and a stranger to none. He treasured his family, was thankful for good friends, and lived his life abundantly blessed. For these things and so much more, he will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.
Ellie's story began at a time when Americans were beginning to hope again, and by 1939, the U.S. was slowly emerging from the Great Depression. The introduction of, “God Bless America” boosted the spirits of all, while moviegoers enjoyed the premieres of, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind”. During this optimistic time, a most blessed event in the lives of Anthony "Bandy" and Kathryn (Schipper) Wykstra was the July 21, 1939 birth of their little boy, Ellis.
Born in Plainwell, Michigan, Ellis grew up in the community of Martin, Michigan. The oldest of ten children in his family, he was joined by his younger siblings Russ, Lorraine, Earl, Harold, Phyllis, Donna, Andy, Roy, and Mary. His father owned Wykstra Oil Company while his mother remained at home as a homemaker with their bustling household. He enjoyed a childhood typical for the times, and from his earliest beginnings faith played a vital role in his upbringing.
During his youth, Ellis became quite fond of sports. He liked all sports in general, and played football in high school. Having graduated in 1957 from Martin High School, Ellis went on to further his education. He attended Hope College for two years before an urge to spread his wings found him moving to California with a friend. In California, Ellis secured a job at a meat packing plant until he landed a position working at IBM.
Faith was a large part of Ellie's life and heart. While in California he attended Bethany Christian Reformed in Bellflower. Each Sunday after church the young people got together for fellowship. On one particular Sunday afternoon, Ellie met the young woman who would become his life's companion and helpmate, Vonnie. It took a little convincing on his part, but once they began dating, it was a match made in heaven. Soon after, the couple shared vows of marriage on June 15, 1961. Since their families were in Michigan and Minnesota, it was a small wedding in California, but they were overjoyed to begin their new lives together just the same. A year and a half later, they were blessed with their first child, Charlotte Ann.
When his uncle passed away in January of 1964, Ellie and Vonnie moved to Michigan to help with the family oil business. Later, he began working for Kal-Equipment in Otsego, Michigan. Soon their family grew, Ellie and Vonnie welcomed two more daughters into their lives with the births of Dianne Joy, and Debra Sue, who completed their family.
As a couple, Ellie and Vonnie were involved in the lives of their girls. They supported them in their educations, and served as youth group leaders for several years while attending East Martin Christian Reformed Church. There was a special group of young men in the group Ellie mentored, and he often took them skiing and played softball with them.
The Wykstra family enjoyed camping together, and in 1976 their entire family took a six month vacation around the U.S. and Canada, including Alaska. During this time, they lived in a motor home Ellie built out of a former carpet truck. Great memories were made on this memorable excursion as they took in spectacular sights never to be forgotten. In later years, Ellie and Vonnie enjoyed wintering in the warmer climate of Arizona for several years.
Ellie remained an avid sports enthusiast throughout his life. He not only played sports, but coached and served as a referee for several sports. He loved watching sports on TV, and was especially a fan of the Cubs and Tigers. Along with his love for sports, Ellie also enjoyed watching the news and politics. He kept up-to-date on currents events and world affairs, and added much to a good conversation. With his outgoing nature, he liked talking about sports and politics.
When grandchildren came into Ellie's life, the twinkle in his eye was made brighter. He loved them dearly, and often went to their sporting events whenever he had the opportunity. Teasing was also a part of Ellie's nature, and his jokester ways made him all the more lovable.
It was clear that Ellie had a heart for others. Throughout the years, he and Vonnie took in three foster children whom they nurtured, and after Ellie retired he loved working with Christian Reformed World Relief. He traveled with the group when needed to help with disaster relief in ravaged areas, and also helped by responding to the vast needs following 9/11. Whether near or far, Ellie helped anyone in their time of need. A man of integrity who gave from the heart, Ellie Wykstra was a devoted husband, dedicated father, cherished grandfather and friend to those who knew and loved him. Gone but never to be forgotten, his example lives on in the hearts of many.
Ellis Wykstra, age 74 of Kalamazoo passed away March 2, 2014 at his home. Visit with his family and friends and view his life story film on Thursday, March 6 from 4-7 PM at the Life Story Funeral Home, Plainwell; 120 Woodhams St. (685-5881). A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 7, 1:00 PM at the Westwood Christian Reformed Church; 620 Northampton Rd, Kalamazoo Township. Ellie’s family includes his wife of 53 years, Vonnie; children: Charlotte (Doug) Corstange, Dianne (Frank) Boylan, Debra (Chris) Kloet; siblings: Russ, Lorraine, Earl, Harold, Phyllis, Donna, Andy, and Mary; seven grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Roy, a niece Dana, and a nephew, Aaron.

 Ardeane Koetsier '63 age 90, of Holland, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Resthaven Maplewoods.

Ardeane was a former teacher and librarian at Zeeland Christian Schools and was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. Her servant heart led her to be very active and involved in the Hispanic community throughout her life.

Ardeane was preceded in death by her sister, Annagean Scholten in 1996.

Ardeane is survived by her brother-in-law, Ed and Margaret Scholten of Hamilton; nieces and nephews, Dale and Donna Scholten of Holland, Ron and Mae Scholten of Wyoming, Carol and Fred Hanko of Holland, Steve and Karen Scholten of Hol­land and their children and grandchildren.


Dirck de Velder '65 Dirck was born in Amoy, China and grew up in China, the Philippines and Hong Kong.  Surviving are his wife, Marielle Courthial de Velder, who attended Hope, along with three children (Marc, Sabrina, and Alan) and nine grandchildren.  He worked for IBM in France for 30 years before retiring.  He and Marielle were short term missionary teachers in Hong Kong after earning M.A. degrees in Kansas.  Dirck was the son of Walter ('29) de Velder and Harriet ('34) Boot de Velder, who served in the Amoy mission in mainland China from 1929 until 1951, and later served Amoy speaking people in the Philippines and Hong Kong until their retirement in the 80s.  Dirck is also survived by sister Margaret de Velder ('63) Hougen, and brothers John de Velder ('65), and David de Velder ('67).  His brother Philip Walter Otte de Velder ('63) preceded him in death.

  Thomas Grundvig '73 a longtime resident of Sherman, CT died on Monday, June 16, 2014 at home in Sherman, CT surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Grundvig was a Construction Site Supervisor at Westchester Modular Construction Corp in Wingdale, NY for 36 years. Born on September 13, 1951 in Bronxville, NY he is the son of Gudrun (Odfiell) Grundvig of Southampton, NJ and the late Ottar Grundvig. Mr. Grundvig was a graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI class of 1973. On March 9, 1974 in Rochester, NY he married Judith Pillen who survives at home. In addition to his mother and wife, Mr. Grundvig is survived by a daughter, Kristin Grundvig Steele and her husband, Christopher of Charlotte, NC; a son, Pieter William Grundvig and his wife, Nadine of Sherman, CT; a sister, Belinda Rosen of Medford, NJ and two brothers, James Grundvig of New York, NY and Franklin Grundvig of Houston, TX. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Mackenzie Lynn, Madeleine Elizabeth and Penelope Anne Steele all of Charlotte, NC. Besides his father, he was predeceased by a sister, Anne Markham.

 Roger Boerigter '75 of Hamilton passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, with his loving family by his side. Born April 9, 1953 in Holland, Michigan, he was the son of Milton and Elaine (Sternburg) Boerigter. Roger was an outdoorsman, who loved wildlife and nature. Roger is survived by his wife of 31 years, Roxy J. Boerigter, sons Ben Boerigter and Will Boerigter all of Hamilton, father, Milton and Carolyn Boerigter of Holland, mother, Elaine Boerigter of Wyoming, MI, brothers Dean Boerigter of Hamilton, Thomas and Jill Boerigter of Iowa and one sister Janet and Jerry DeFouw of Saugatuck, sister-in-laws Cindy Keller of Apollo Beach, Florida, Sandy and Rick Jepson of Clinton Utah, and many nieces and nephews.

 Russel Botman

 JoAnn Marshall of Brewton, Ala., born to Edmond and Carrie Samuel Jackson in Brewton, died Saturday, May 31, 2014. Jo Ann attended Southern Normal and graduated as the high school valedictorian. She then attended Hope College in Michigan and Tuskegee and then to the University of Maryland. She would go on and retire from the Maryland State Department of Social Services after 30 years of service.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dr. Grealy Marshall; a daughter, Anika Sherrell Marshall; a son, Kenja Da'Reyl Marshall; two grandsons, Jared Marshall and Christian Marshall; a newphew and a nice, Jonathan Emmanuel Newton and Carmen Newton; one godson, Dr. Kevin Brown; three sisters, Dorothy Underwood (Frankline deceased); Patsy Jackson; and Janice (Ronald) Woods; two brothers, Samuel Edmond Jackson (Minnie); and Rev. Larry Jackson (Aundria); brother-in-law Philander Leon Newton (Eileen deceased); an aunt Mary (Willie) Ewings; uncles Clinton (Bessie) Samuel, Jr., Tellis Samuel, Thomas Samuel; in-laws Eunice Marshall (George) Johnson; Juanita Marshall (Joel) Brown; Lillis (Alroy deceased) Marshall; Merome (Mae) Marshall; Andrew Marshall; Hubert (Gloria) Marshall; Aunt Ivory Smith, and a hosts of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

  Stuart Sharp Jr. of Holland, Michigan died died unexpectedly at Holland Hospital on Friday morning, August 1, 2014, of complications from acute leukemia. He was 74.

Born and raised on the Hudson River in Newburgh, New York, son of Grace and Stuart W. Sharp Sr., he was passionate about music from a young age. Stuart served as choir director and organist in his local church at the age of 16, while also moonlighting as a pianist, bass player and band leader in a 1950s dance band. He graduated from Bucknell University and went on to earn a Master's degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate in Music from the University of Kentucky. Stuart was an emeritus member of the music faculty at Hope College, where he taught voice and music history. He touched the lives of hundreds of students over more than 50 years.

Stuart is survived by his lovely wife of 24 years, Linda Sharp ‘13; along with his sister, Margaret Bausback (Allan); and children, Stuart ’87 and Isabelle Sharp, Craig Sharp ’88 and Michele Ferenchick, Mark Sharp ’91 and Jennifer Theiss-Sharp, Megan Sharp and Jonathan Schakel ’94, Chris and Sara Talsma, and Stephanie and Andy Bruno. He was dubbed "Papa Stu Stu" by his first grandchild and has since been adored by 12 more.