John Klingenberg

  • Born: August 2, 1936
  • Died: September 12, 2020
  • Location: Zeeland, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Klingenberg, age 84 of Zeeland passed away Saturday, September 12, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years Shirley; his children and grandchildren: Bev and Dan Hoeve (Aaron Hoeve and Anna and Cody Lenters) and Jim and Pam Klingenberg (Cameron and Sarah Klingenberg, Eric and Bridget Klingenberg, Michael and Larissa Klingenberg, Kyle Klingenberg, and Josiah Klingenberg and his fiancé Faith Hempel); sisters-in-law: Micki and Harris Pieper and Char and Bill Reicks.

John was a long time member of First Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland where he served as an elder and deacon and was part of the church plant of Life Quest Church. John also served on the school board at Zeeland Christian School.

In his working career John worked for Chris-Craft, Baker Furniture and retired from Haworth. He also served as a reserve in the Zeeland Police Department for nearly 25 years.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State Street, Zeeland. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 18, 2020 at First Christian Reformed Church, 15 South Church Street, Zeeland. John's family asks that masks are worn at the funeral service. Interment will be in Zeeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Set Free Ministries or the Bridge Youth Center.

Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for your loss. We are so thankful for what John did for our church over the years, and also as a mentor to our son Jake.

Posted by Wes & Denise VanderLugt - Zeeland, MI - Friend   September 21, 2020

Shirley and family sorry your loss , well done good and faithful servant would be I would say about John . I enjoyed him in stephen ministries a good teacher . May God bless you .

Posted by Michael Vanhaitsma - Zeeland, MI - Friend   September 20, 2020

I was honored to work closely with John for a number of years.
He was always a gentleman and treated his co-workers with care and respect.

Posted by Louis Schulist - Holland, MI - coworker   September 17, 2020

Our Sympathy in the loss of your husband and father.

Posted by Rog & Marilyn Miedema - Beaverdam, MI - Friend   September 17, 2020

Our sympathies to the entire Klingenberg family. May you find peace and understanding during this difficult time. The Hoeve family-Marjorie, Scott,Deb,and Dan

Posted by Scott Hoeve - Hudsonville - Family   September 17, 2020

Shirley...our memories of you go back to 3 East Central Ave. The years have flown by one God is calling us Home. Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Chet and Mary (Habers) Dreyer

Posted by Mary Dreyer    September 17, 2020

We always appreciated our cousin John for his thoughtful ways and listening ear. He exemplified the love of Jesus to all who knew him. He blest many with his Christian character and witness. Our sympathy to Shirley and the rest of the family.

Posted by Faith N Bosserman - Grand Rapids, MI   September 15, 2020


I am so sad to learn of John's passing. Having worked with John at Haworth for several years, I was one of the lucky ones who got to know John and be able to feel his compassion and caring. John was always a gentleman and so nice to know and easy to work with. I was thrilled when we bumped into each other at Meijer's about a year ago - it was so nice to be able to catch up with each other - even if only for a moment. My deepest sympathies are sent to Shirley and his entire family.

Posted by Joan Demaray - Coworker   September 15, 2020

My heart goes out to you Shirley and Bev and John. He was a wonderful man, husband and father. God bless you during this time and keep you wrapped in His loving arms. Lisa Meppelink Miller.

Posted by Lisa Miller - Friend   September 15, 2020

I remember John from growing up in Montello Park Church. I always looked up to him & admired him......his parents too. My Dad, Floyd Hemmeke spoke so highly of the Klingenburg family.

Posted by Beverly Hemmeke Mulder - Acquaintance   September 15, 2020

Bev, Dan, Anna & Aaron
I was saddened to read of your dad's/grandfather's passing. I remember John from Baker Furniture as the Human Resources Manager at my time of hire in 1977 working Co-op my senior year. We had some really good times at Baker when things were a more caring world. I'm happy your dad is pain free and celebrating meeting our Lord in heaven. One day you will see him again. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, especially your mom too Bev.

Posted by Sally Anderson - Family Friend   September 15, 2020

My condolence to Shirley and the extended Klingenberg family
We were classmates at Holland Christian High in the 1950's
Regards, John Jellema

Posted by John Jellema - Ypsilanti, MI - Classmate   September 14, 2020

Shirley and family, I am so sorry to learn of Johns passing. Rog and I always thought a lot of him and know he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Nancy Barense and family

Posted by Nancy Barense - Friend   September 14, 2020

Sending you all love, comfort from friends and family, and patience with yourselves as you start to navigate life without John. We're sad, but he's with JESUS and is without pain or illness -- and that's amazing to think about. Maybe he and Daddy are singing bass in Heaven's Choir together :)

Posted by Kris De Koster - Holland, MI - Family Friend   September 14, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing Jim, you and your family are in my prayers.

Posted by Karen Currington - Van Buren Twp, MI - Coworker   September 14, 2020


I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family!

Posted by Kimberly Saterlee-Fink - Lansing, MI - Coworker   September 14, 2020

I am so very sorry for your family's loss, My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Posted by Sue Witting - Marshall, MI - Coworker   September 14, 2020

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