Richard "Rich" Van Dam

  • Born: February 25, 1939
  • Died: August 14, 2019
  • Location: Holland, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

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

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard "Rich" Van Dam, age 80, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Holland Hospital.

Rich owned Cardinal Machine Services and worked in the die cast industry his entire life. He enjoyed mowing with Simplicity tractors and working with animals, birds and aquariums. His favorite pastime was "cruising" Craig's List and finding deals for family and friends. He was a member of Community Reformed Church.

Rich was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey, in 2001 as well as brothers, Harv and Fred Van Dam.

Rich is survived by his:

Wife of 58 years, Marla Van Dam

Jillane (Brent) Deters of Zeeland

Eric Van Dam
Katie Van Dam
Nicholas (Megan) Deters
Elizabeth Deters
Emily Deters

Rog (Pat) Van Dam of Allegan
Karen (Ron) Sebright of Fife Lake
Dave (Marla) Van Dam of Zeeland

Joyce Van Dam of Holland
Carole Lugten of Holland
Judi (Jack) Veldheer of Holland
Rosie (Randy) Gutknecht of Hamilton

Several nieces, nephews and cousins

Friends that he loved as family and great neighbors both near and far.

A memorial service is planned for 11:00am Monday, August 19 at Community Reformed Church, 10376 Felch St., Zeeland, with Rev. Greg Ten Brink officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Hamilton. A time of visitation is planned for 2:00-4:00pm Sunday, August 18 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E 16th St., Holland. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Reformed Church and Harbor Humane Society. Condolences may be left online at


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

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