Laverne J Kooiker

  • Born: September 21, 1938
  • Died: May 4, 2019
  • Location: Olive Twp, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

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

Tribute & Message From The Family

Laverne Kooiker, age 80, of Zeeland, left his earthly home on Saturday, May 4, 2019, and entered his Heavenly home with Jesus.

Laverne lived his entire life in Olive Township. He was a welder and worked at Roamer Boat, Dake Corp. and J.R. Automation.

Laverne was a member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church and served as a greeter at the front door for over 30 years.

Entering Heaven before him were his parents. Peter and Eva Kooiker; and his son, Duane Kooiker.

Those mourning Laverne's passing are his wife of 60 years, Ruth (Brandsen) Kooiker; children, Sandy (Ray) Dekker, Dave (Nettie) Kooiker, Loren (Tania) Kooiker, Theresa (Chad) Glass, and Heather Kooiker; daughter-in-law, Ruth Ann Kooiker; grandchildren, Christopher Dekker, Colin Dekker, Julie (Brad) Bruce, Emily (Jason) Seaman, Matthew (Virginia) Kooiker, Sara (Nate) Vander Ploeg, Jenna Kooiker, Carter Glass, Ellie Glass, Jacob Glass; great grandchildren, Ethan Dekker, Stryker Bruce, Maddox Bruce, Mercedes Kooiker, Peter Kooiker, Rozlyn Kooiker, Urban Kooiker, Harper Seaman, Evelyn Vander Ploeg, Sophie Vander Ploeg; sister, Arlene (Terry) Foss; in-laws, Roger (Carolyn) Brandsen, Shirley Barclay; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for 11:00am Thursday, May 9 at South Olive Christian Reformed Church, 6425 North 120th Ave, Holland. Dr. Douglas Fauble and Rev. Todd Krygsheld will officiate. Burial will be in Olive Township Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 5:00-8:00pm Wednesday, May 8 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S State St., Zeeland. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Prison Ministries and South Olive CRC Mission Fund. The Kooiker family wishes to thank the Zeeland Hospital medical staff and the Spectrum Butterworth ICU staff for the excellent care Laverne received. Condolences may be left online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sincere sympathies and prayers for your family.

Posted by Gordon and Paula (Bing) Ten Brink - Henagar, AL - Friend   May 22, 2019

We just heard of Vern's passing and are extending our sincere condolences to your family. It is our prayer that the Lord wrap his arms around you during this difficult time.

Posted by Dean & Candy Todd - West Olive, MI   May 09, 2019

Thinking of you and your family. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Florence Barrett - Holland, MI   May 07, 2019

Dear Ruth and Family, my heart and prayers go out to you in your loss.but what joy Vern is having. Keeping you in my prayers.

Posted by Bea Molendyk - Zeeland, MI   May 07, 2019

Posted by Bea Molendyk - Zeeland, MI   May 07, 2019

Vern certainly has a better home now! PTL! We will certainly miss him but God wanted him to spend eternity with Him! We've been 'Banner' pen pals forever Ruth and are still good friends. Praying for you and your family.

Posted by Virginia Rubingh - Ellsworth, MI - Friend   May 07, 2019

Ruth Elaine

My sympathy to you in the loss of your husband. May God give you Peace in the days ahead

Marcia TenBroeke

Posted by Marcia TenBroeke - Zeeland, MI - Family   May 05, 2019

Our condolences on the passing of a wonderful faithful family man! Now safe at home in the arms of Jesus.
Aart & Janna Van Sloten

Posted by Janna Van Sloten - edmonton   May 05, 2019

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