Condolence & Memory Journal

Brent & Jillane,
I just learned of Rich's passing. I always enjoyed watching him tend the garden across the street - he always shared tomatoes with me. We also had many conversations about groundhogs, the neighborhood and many other topics. He was so proud of his asparagus this year!
Prayers for peace and comfort as you grieve his loss.
Beth Kiekintveld

Posted by A friend   August 29, 2019

To Marla and family I am sorry for your loss, God bless you all. Rich meant the a lot to Angie and I, he was a great and respected man, he will truly be missed by all.

Posted by David Forsten - Aiken, SC - Family Friend   August 18, 2019

We are all grieved to hear about Rich not being here with us on Earth. But we are comforted by the message of him going to be with the Lord, and reunited with loved ones and friends. One of whom is our papa Jerry. Rich couldn't have been a better friend to my dad. And there entire family took us in at a time when our family was in need. They not only gave us shelter, but all the love and support to go with it! That's just the kind of people they are. Some people are fortunate to have lifelong friends, and we have been blessed to have been to have them in our lives. Love ❤ you Rich! Thanks for being you! I miss you already!!
❤ LeaAnn Smeenge/ Verstrate

Posted by LeaAnn Verstrate - Hudsonville, MI - Friend   August 18, 2019

Dear Marla, Jilane, and family,
It grieves us all to hear the news of Rich not here with us on earth anymore. But we are consoled by the message of him going to be with the Lord and reunited with loved ones in Heaven. One of whom is our papa Jerry. Rich couldn't have been a better friend to my dad! But also the entire vandam family took us in when our family was in need years ago and not only gave us a place to stay, but all the love and support you could have needed. That's just the kind of people they are. And we love them all for it! Some people are fortunate enough to have lifelong friends, and we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have them in our lives!! I hope God gives you all strength and comfort today and always! We miss you already Rich!!!
❤ Love, LeaAnn Smeenge/ verstrate

Posted by Lea Verstrate - Hudsonville, MI   August 18, 2019

October 20 was always a big day with Rich, pheasant hunters would come from far and near for opening day, and oh by the way, it was Rich and Marla's wedding anniversary!

Posted by Jack&Judi Veldheer - holland, MI - Family   August 16, 2019

We express out sympathy to my cousin's family.

Posted by Bern and Sandi (Kuiper) Allen - Castle Rock, CO   August 15, 2019

My sympathy to Marla and the family.
Ron Lugten (Marla's cousin)

Posted by Ron Lugten - Hamilton, MI - Family   August 15, 2019

RIP my friend.

Posted by DONALD BOOTHBY - Mocksville, NC - Friend   August 15, 2019

Ginger and Bob Van Klavern,West Olive MI 49460

Posted by Ginger and Bob Van Klavern - West Olive, MI - Friend   August 14, 2019

Aunt Marla, Jillane and family,
We send our love and prayers as you go forward. We miss our Uncle Rich and will always carry with us our wonderful memories of him and our time together. Looking forward to the time that we're all together again. Love.

Posted by Robin Callahan - Kuna, ID - Family Friend   August 14, 2019