Troy David Dokter

  • Born: January 5, 1971
  • Died: August 6, 2019
  • Location: Holland, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

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

Tribute & Message From The Family

Troy David Dokter, 48, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, in Hilton Head, SC.

Troy was born January 5, 1971, in Holland, Michigan, to Randy and Laurel (Karsten) Dokter. Troy was the oldest of three sons and graduated from Holland Christian and Calvin College. At Calvin, Troy met Julie Benner and they married in 1994. Troy and Julie have raised their three children in Holland and they are members of Hardewyk Ministries. In Troy's work life, the first twenty years were working primarily as a manufacturing representative, mostly with his father. Recently Troy has been working as Holland Christian's Director of Advancement. His strong faith, and love for HCS's mission made his work passionately rewarding. Troy was preceded in death by his father, Randy Dokter, and his nephew, Christopher Benner.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Julie, their children: Kailey, Zach, Kelsey; his mother Laurel Dokter, parents-in-law Chuck and Gail Benner, brothers: Todd and Sheila Dokter (Tilly, Jillian, Alaina), Ryan and Lindsey Dokter (Wynn, Waverly); In-laws: Jeff Benner, Susan Lobosco-Benner (George), Brian and Cyndi Benner (Austin, Grace, Rachel); and many extended family and friends.

A funeral service to honor the faith and life of Troy Dokter will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Community Reformed Church, 10376 Felch Street, Zeeland 49464. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 13, from 1-3 and 6-8 pm, at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th Street, Holland 49423. Private interment in Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holland Christian Schools.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of your family, our hearts goes out to you all.

Toni Solis (Giselle's Mom)

Posted by Toni Solis - Holland, MI   August 15, 2019

I first met Troy Dokter or Dok as we called him in the fall of 1989, our freshman year at Calvin College. A friendship formed almost immediately as we got to know each other while living in the same dormitory building. And when it came to Troy, what was not to like? He was affable, charismatic, outgoing, always had a positive attitude and outlook on life I do not recall hearing him complain or speak negatively of another person. He was athletic, confident, did well in academics -he seemed to succeed at about anything he tried while staying a humble person who kept things in perspective; he dated the prettiest girls in school and eventually, and most importantly, his future bride Julie. If Hollywood were to somehow cast anyone to play him in his life story it would probably be Jimmy Stewart.

We had a lot of fun in college and afterward. For several years there was the annual tradition of Memorial Day gatherings with our circle of friends at Green Lake, we enjoyed times at Deer Camp, and one memorable trip to Mackinac Island in January where we flew over the frozen Straits of Mackinac in an airplane and spent an overnight on the island along with our friend Doug Fred Fouser.

With a phone call 16 years ago, it was Troy who introduced me to the opportunity and person from whom I would eventually purchase my business, a business that I continue to operate to this day. Without Troy, I would not be where I am today.

It is my personal regret and detriment that I didn't stay in as close contact with Dok in the more recent years.

I knew Dok was a very special guy when I got know him 30 years ago. Witnessing his Memorial today underscored that fact.

Troy lived life fully and with love. He continues to live today in the lives of his mother, Julie and their children, his brothers, family and friends and all of us who were fortunate enough to know him.

To the Dokter family and friends, I am sorry for your loss and mine.

-Jonathan L. Reus

Posted by Jonathan Reus - Grand Rapids, MI   August 14, 2019

I was so sorry to hear about Troy. My Mom has kept me updated on his illness over the years, but I just watched the video on the website, and he clearly did a lot of living during that time with his precious family. I am an Oncology Nurse Practitioner myself, and I understand all to well the roller coaster ride that journey can be. Thankfully he is at peace now. My heart goes out to all of you.

Posted by Sara VanDenend- Perry - Nashville, TN - Classmate   August 13, 2019

Dear Laurel and family, my heart and prayers go out to all of you. May God give you Grace and Peace as you face each new day

Posted by Beatrice Molendyk - Zeeland, MI - Friend   August 12, 2019


I am so sorry for your loss. Troy was a great business man and a pleasure to work with. I remember talking to Troy about faith and serving Jesus. I pray that you would feel God's comfort during this difficult time. Take solace knowing that we will see him again someday.

Posted by Dan Dekker - Hudsonville, MI   August 11, 2019

Sorry for your loss. I graduated with Troy in 1989 from HCHS. He helped me with my lawn business in high school and I spent many basketball days with him as the manager and trainer of the HCHS team. What a great man. Prays for all of you and your family.

Posted by Scott Blauwkamp - Hudson, WI - Classmate   August 10, 2019

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family during this time of sorrow.

Posted by Ken and Nancy Klein - Palm City, FL - Friend   August 10, 2019

Sharon and I give our deepest sympathy to a great family. Troy was a man of deepest faith and integrity. We pray your faith will get you through a very trying time. We will be thinking and praying for you daily. Coach Phelps

Posted by mike phelps - holland, MI   August 10, 2019

Wishing you faith, peace, and the comfort of family as you grieve. We will be praying for you.

Posted by Matt and Amanda Karsten - Royal Oak, MI   August 09, 2019

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