John Vink, Jr.

  • Born: January 14, 1960
  • Died: February 25, 2019
  • Location: Hamilton, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
Tel. (616) 392-2306

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Vink Jr., age 59, of Hamilton went to be with his Lord on Monday, February 25, 2019 with family surrounding him at home after a courageous battle against cancer.

John was born on January 14, 1960 in The Netherlands to Gerda Bijl-Holley and John C. Vink Sr. and married Doreen DeJonge in 1980. John attended Holland High and Central Wesleyan Church. He was employed at Billco Products and previously Xibitz and Great Lake Woods. John was a skilled wood worker who used his talent to transform wood into beautiful furniture. He loved spending time with his family and being outdoors. His free time was spent fishing, kayaking, and cross country skiing.

John is survived by his wife of 38 years, Doreen; children: Mitchell Vink of Kemah, TX, Melissa (Chip) Windisch of Rockford, Krista Vink of Grand Rapids; granddaughter, Brooklyn; mother, Gerda (Jim) Holley; father, John C. (Joan) Vink Sr.; brother, Arie "Art" Vink and sister-in-law Marlene Gaitan of Holland; mother-in-law, Dolores Simonson DeJonge; as well as many extended family. He was a beloved Uncle and Great Uncle with many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

John was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Harlow DeJonge

Visitation will be from 12:00-2:30 pm Friday, March 1, 2019 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 East 16th Street, Holland, MI 49423. Following visitation there will be a funeral service at 3:00pm on Friday, also at the funeral home. Rev. Steve Hasper will officiate. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Holland.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear family, i am the dichter of jac the Brother of gerda. I rest about john death just know. The last time i aan hij i was kust a child. But i december the lovely picture from the wedding with doreen on the walk nu out grondmotief. Dear family so far away i hope you all will find peace with his loss. All my love die all and fort my lovely aunt het.

Posted by Jeanneke Bijl - Enschede - Family   January 16, 2020

Posted by David Wilson    January 14, 2020


Happy Birthday Honey!
Thanking you for, and remembering the many joys you gave me in our 43 yrs. together. Miss you so much, love you forever. Looking forward to being together again some day! :)

Posted by Doreen    January 14, 2020

Posted by A friend   January 14, 2020

Posted by A friend   January 14, 2020

Posted by A friend   October 12, 2019

Sincere sympathy to the family. I had the pleasure of working with him at Great Lake Woods. Also, knew him from school. Peach of a guy, his talents will definitely be missed. A true craftsmen.

Posted by Rich Brink - Holland, MI - Coworker   March 03, 2019

My condolences to the family. Sorry I can't be there for the services. John and I worked together for 8 years, so many good memories.Rest In Peace John.

Posted by Russ Brychta - Holland, MI   February 28, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to you Doreen and family. It was a pleasure to know John during the years I worked with you Doreen. I thought of him often when I would get something from the kitchen pantry he made for me or when the grandkids played on the wooden rocking horse he made....a great guy. May you feel God's presence and Peace in the days ahead, Love, Henry and Debbie Holthuis

Posted by Deborah Holthuis - Holland, MI - Friend   February 28, 2019

When I think of John Vink... I think of his kind smile, and inviting presence. He was really a gentle giant growing up. He built his family home shortly before my family followed suit. I'll never forget all of the sleepovers that happened in the bed of his pick up truck or how he made a tree fort come to life! He even helped me build a sacred wooden box in his shop to gift a good friend. John was always someone my dad spoke highly of... so happy when he'd run into him, as they lived just down the road. My dad went to be with the Lord in October 2018, and I like to believe he was waiting for John with open arms. I know they celebrate pain free, but we will always miss their addition to conversation and precious moments. Love and prayers for everyone in the family ❤

Posted by Katie Dykema - Holland, MI   February 28, 2019

Doreen and family,

Sorry for your loss. John always treated me with respect. He will be missed.

Posted by Juliane Burlingame-Brunelle - Holland, MI   February 27, 2019

Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. Know that I am praying that you experience all the peace and comfort that our Lord promised. How beautiful to actually have the sure confidence that John's faith is now sight because all was well with his soul!! Love, Lynnelle Pierce

Posted by Lynnelle Pierce - Holland, MI   February 26, 2019

My Thoughts and prays to all of you. I will miss you my friend,

Posted by Jeff Sheridan - Grand Haven, MI - Coworker   February 26, 2019


My sincere sympathy to you and the entire family on the passing of John. He will be missed by all that knew him. He truly was a remarkable guy. I'm glad his suffering is finally over and he is in a much better place.

I will never forgot the John that I remember. I am so glad I got the opportunity to know him.

Thoughts, prayers and hugs to all,

Kim Smith

Posted by Kim Smith - Holland, MI   February 26, 2019

Thoughts and prayers to Chip, Melissa and Brooklyn - plus the whole Vink family.

Posted by Chris Wolking - Evansville, IN - Coworker   February 26, 2019

Art& family. So sad to read of your brother's passing.

Posted by Tim Houting - Wilkesboro, NC   February 26, 2019

Doreen, so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our condolences to you and your extended family.

Posted by Melanie Rotman - Hamilton, MI - Coworker   February 26, 2019

Our hearts hurt for the loss of such a great friend. It is comforting to know that you are now without pain. We will see you again, this we are assured of. Love you, miss you. Prayers for the family.

Posted by Brenda Van Tubergen - Holland, MI - Family Friend   February 25, 2019

My condolences to all who knew and loved him

Posted by Betty Hardin - FENNVILLE, MI   February 25, 2019

Our condolences to the Link family

Posted by Bill (Susan) Ooms - Fennville, MI - Friend   February 25, 2019

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