Ian M. Miskelley

  • Born: September 21, 2000
  • Died: September 7, 2020
  • Location: Holland, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423

Tel. (616) 392-2306

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ian Miskelley, 19, of Holland, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020.

Ian was born September 21, 2000, in Holland to Steve and Jill (Jubin) Miskelley. Ian went to Corpus Christi Catholic School, and for high school he attended Black River and graduated from Holland Christian High School in 2018. He was currently attending the University of Michigan.

Ian was a very accomplished swimmer. Throughout his swimming career, he enjoyed many successes, competing in numerous state and national championship meets. He competed for Holland Christian, Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics, and was currently on the University of Michigan Swim and Diving Team.

Ian was a kind and determined young man. Throughout his life he exhibited this countless times, often when it was least expected. His kindness and indomitable spirit will be missed. He is survived by his parents: Steve and Jill, his sister Chelsea and her fiancé Jeremiah Garcia; grandparents: Don and Noella Jubin of Holland, Ron and Nancy Miskelley of South Carolina, Aunt Lynn (Jubin) and Uncle Mariusz Koziol, Aunt Steph, Uncle Dave and cousins Sam and Kelly Gill, and Uncle Brian and Aunt Liz and cousins Dan and Jon Miskelley, as well as many friends and teammates.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 12, 2020, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 480 152nd Ave., Holland MI 49424.

Visitation will be 3:00-6:30 pm, Friday, at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th Street, (Due to road construction please enter on Fairbanks Ave.), visitation will also be 9:30-11:00 am Saturday at Our Lady of the Lake prior to the funeral mass. Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Ian Miskelley Memorial Fund C/O the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation, 85 E. 8th Street, Suite 110, Holland MI 49423.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Steve, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to you, Jill and Chelsea for your loss.

Posted by Kurt Hedinger - Jasper, IN - Coworker   September 14, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Mario Monge - Student   September 13, 2020

Jill and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for all or you for peace in the days and weeks ahead.

Posted by BETH A KIEKINTVELD - Acquaintance   September 13, 2020

Steve, Jill, and Chelsea so sorry for your loss. Ian was also so kind to our boys and always beat them in backstroke. He was so incredibly talented. He is swimming laps in heaven and we will pray that you find peace in knowing you will see him again. Many prayers to you.

The Pedersen Family

Posted by Sara Pedersen - Acquaintance   September 12, 2020

Steve, Jill, and Chelsea so sorry for your loss. Ian was also so kind to our boys and always beat them in backstroke. He was so incredibly talented. He is swimming laps in heaven and we will pray that you find peace in knowing you will see him again. Many prayers to you.

The Pedersen Family

Posted by Sara Pedersen - Acquaintance   September 12, 2020

Jill, Steve & Chelsea:
We are all so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
There is no words that can make this easier, but know that we are all thinking of you.
With Love,
The Lock Family.

Posted by Emma Lock - Holland, MI - Friend   September 12, 2020

Deeply sorry for the loss of such a great young man. The Brisitas

Posted by Juan Brisita - Holland, MI - Friend   September 12, 2020

Dear Miskelleys - we are so sorry to read about Ian. Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your son; please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. The Seligs

Posted by Seligs - Holland, MI - Friend   September 12, 2020

We are so sorry for the loss of Ian. Our hearts and prayers are with your family. We remember Ian from our years at Corpus Christi and how sweet he was a young boy.

Posted by John, Lisa, Catherine, and Michael Dacloush - Classmate   September 12, 2020

Steve, Jill & Chelsea;
We are so sorry to hear of Ian’ s passing. You and your family our in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you during this time of grief and watch over you.
God bless!

Posted by The Hoefling Family - Friend   September 12, 2020


In this time of grief, we extend our deepest sympathies.

Posted by Kelli & Mark Smachlo - Rexford, NY   September 11, 2020

What fast legs that young man had in the pool!
This is something a family should never have to go though.
Accept our condolences during this difficult time.
Jim, Shelley, & Autumn Carden

Posted by Shelley Carden - Friend   September 11, 2020

Miskelley Family-
Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers and I am beyond sorry for your loss. Ian was a very special young man that touched the hearts and lives of many. I am very fortunate to have spent time with him this past year while at home in Michigan. He was always so supportive of me and everyone around him. He was one of the most genuine, kind, loving, and uplifting people I have met. I will forever cherish the memories I’ve made with him throughout the years from going on our recruiting trip together, hanging out and talking for hours on the couch, to going on walks around Ann Arbor to find the best place to get ice cream and food. One of my most fond memories of Ian was from when we went on our recruiting trip to UofL together; we both had jumped off the ten meter so many times it made our feet raw all the while we couldn’t stop laughing while we jumped. He was so helpful to me this past year and made me feel included by showing me I had his friendship while I was at home searching for a new school to attend. The many long talks we had about his love for UofM’s swim program helped guide me to find a place that I would love just as much. I aspire to have the passion he had for swimming and caring for others. I will forever miss him and the love he radiated.

Posted by Annette Schultz - Friend   September 11, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Brandon and Jami Britton

Posted by Brandon and Jami Britton - Acquaintance   September 11, 2020

Steve, I am so sorry. I cannot begin to imagine how you feel. Know that you and your family are near to my heart. God Blews my friend.

Posted by Dennis Festerling - Allegan, MI - Friend   September 11, 2020

There are no words. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Ian as the cheerful little Spider-Man playing on the playground. Praying for your family.

Posted by Cynthia Thompson - West Olive, MI - Friend   September 11, 2020

So sad. Sorry for your loss! He was an awesome swimmer. My condolences to the family and your in my prayers.

Posted by Greg Beilman - Benton Harbor, MI   September 11, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all during this incredibly difficult time.

Posted by Bart and Nancy Shrode    September 11, 2020

Our condolences to your family. Ian was a very talented swimmer and and a great competitor.

Posted by Loraine DiCerbo - Clinton Township, MI - Acquaintance   September 10, 2020

We mourn the brevity of his life with us. We can regret the quantity of days that he shared with his family, friends, and teammates. But those days were filled with an abundance of quality. He was a phenom in the water. He was a delight to be around. He gave us his best so many times. Peace, Ian. You deserve that.
H and J

Posted by Harold and judy Bell - Holland, MI - Family Friend   September 10, 2020

I'm incredibly sorry for your loss. Ian was an amazing person and always made me smile when we had class together. My deepest condolences to the Miskelley family.

Posted by Luna Koch - Ann Arbor, MI - Classmate   September 10, 2020

My sincere and heart felt love and condolences to the family. Peace be with you.

Posted by The Cummings Family - Friend   September 10, 2020


Jill, Steve, Chelsea, and Jeremiah,
You are never far from our thoughts during this difficult time. Your BR family is grieving with you and will be here to help with whatever you need. I will miss Ian's knowing smirk and his kind heart. There are no words that can fill the hole he has left. May you find strength in each other and in the community that loves you all.

Posted by Angela Aumaugher - Zeeland, MI - Coworker   September 10, 2020

Jill and Steve, I am so deeply sorry for your enormous loss. Words seem pointless. Praying for all of you and know that I am here if there is ANYTHING you need! I pray that God will comfort you and make His presence know in the midst of your pain.

Posted by Karen Feldt - Holland, MI - Friend   September 10, 2020

To Steve, Jill, Chelsea, and Jeremiah -
We're so sorry to hear about Ian's passing. We know there are no words that can make this any easier but know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember to hold each other close during these times.

Jen and Jonathan Pyka; Steph and Brandon Henry

Posted by Stephanie Henry - Family Friend   September 10, 2020

Steve, Jill, and Chelsea: May you find the strength and wisdom to help you through this difficult time. I hope that you are able to focus on the light and laughter that Ian brought to so many lives. He was a great kid...may all the good memories reside forever in your hearts.

Posted by Tom Guarr - Holland, MI - Family Friend   September 10, 2020

Steve, Jill, and Chelsea,
Praying for you and Ian during this difficult time. I have fond memories of him from preschool.

Posted by Amy Plackowski - Teacher   September 10, 2020

Jill, Steve. Chelsea and family: Our prayers go with you as you travel this sad path. Know that you are not alone and that memories will always be with you to show that Ian did make a difference in this world. He aimed for his dream. May God's peace be with you.

Posted by Marguerite Stephens - Holland, MI - Coworker   September 10, 2020


In loving memory of a wonderful person. I feel fortunate to have worked with Ian over the past year or so. I know the UM family grieves with you. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Posted by Courtney Hoffmann - ANN ARBOR, MI - teacher   September 10, 2020

Ian had energy, enthusiasm, laugh and work ethic. But best of all, he had a kind heart. He was talkative and open, so personable. I will miss his spunk and his fun personality. I'll never forget the trips we took as families to swim meets, lunches and dinners. I'll remember how Ian, Ferris and Derek were ringleaders of trouble (lol) on the Zone team. We had a blast cliff jumping in the rain at Bama. So many fun memories of Ian hanging out with the West Ottawa group of swimmers! Ian made the world a better place. We will miss him so much. We know he's with us now, where the pools will never close and the sun always shines. Swim on and have fun Ian! Heaven welcomes you with open arms! ❤

Posted by Paula Maas - Holland, MI - Friend   September 10, 2020

Steve, Jill, So profoundly sorry for your loss. Praying for peach and comfort.

Posted by Dave and Michelle Ellis - Coworker   September 10, 2020

Steve and family, my deepest sympathy to you. Praying for peace and strength for all of you in the coming days and weeks.

Posted by Darlynn Mesman - Hudsonville, MI - Coworker   September 10, 2020

Steve, Jill I have no words except you have my deepest sympathy. I pray God's peace and comfort for you.

Posted by Wayne Brummitt - Zeeland, MI - Coworker   September 10, 2020

My prayers go out to you in this dark time Miskelley family. Ian will forever be a part of the BRPS family and I will never forget my own time spent teaching him. He will live on favorably in our memories. I pray you the grieving you need, a community to surround you, and love to fill your hearts.

Posted by Nathan Meyer - Zeeland, MI - Coworker   September 10, 2020

So sorry to hear about Ian. We will be praying for your family.

Posted by Amy Mike Overweg - Neighbor   September 09, 2020

Steve and Jill,

So profoundly sorry for your loss. You are in Michelle and my prayers.

Posted by David Ellis - Holland, MI - Coworker   September 09, 2020

Jill, Steve and family - our hearts hurt for you and are with you in thought and prayer. While I didn't know him well, as so many have said, and will continue to say, such a thoughtful, fun and talented young man. May you experience the peace that passes all understanding as you love and remember him, and walk this tough tough path. Love the Milanowski-Westdorp family - Bob and Linda, Ellie, Max, and Nathan

Posted by Linda Milanowski - Holland, MI - Family Friend   September 09, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Ian and Chelsea as volunteers at Holland Hospital. They both struck me as so polite and friendly, it was a joy to have them. I am so sorry to learn of his passing, he was a remarkable young man. Prayers and peace to your family at this time.

Posted by Jody Correa - Holland, MI   September 09, 2020

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