Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to here! Was a good friend for many years in cardiac rehab at Holland Hospital. We started about the same time! We talked many times of ham radio and so many other topics! Always upbeat! He will be missed! My deepest sympathy to his family! Ron Fricano

Posted by Ron Fricano - Friend   September 17, 2020

You where a good friend to so many. You
always helped when help was in need. I am
proud to have known you, and worked with
you. I learned a lot from you and have great
memories of that. Ike You and (KF8EV)
Ed Heyboer both very good friend's that got
me to get my ham license. All of those qst,
and other books that you gave to me back
then, I still have some of them. Ike you will
be missed by so many. May GOD be with
your family& friends...
Ike ( K8EMU ) My Friend RIP
Charles Gregory N8QEM

Posted by Charles Gregory - Zeeland, MI - Friend   September 16, 2020

We are so sorry to hear Ivan had lost his battle. It seems like before this Pandemic (back in February) we had talked at church and he was his old self. This must of happened quick. He was always a Happy go Lucky guy, always willing to help in any way. I know both you Leah & Ivan worked hard for the church and we had the cleanest church around! We pray God wraps his loving arms around you and the family as you say goodbye to your husband, father, and grampa! We are so sorry for your loss! He will be dearly missed! Big Hugs & prayers, Love, Verl & Vicky & Chase & Cassie Bleeker

Posted by Vicky Bleeker - West Olive, MI - Friend   September 16, 2020

My sincere condolences to your family. I got to know Ivan through our mothers. Along with several other girls, they developed a life-long relationship. It is during these visits that I got to know Ivan. He was smart, friendly and sharing. I have fond memories of operating his large train layout in the garage loft.

Posted by David Bredeweg - West Palm Beach, FL - Acquaintance   September 16, 2020

I worked with Ike on several ham radio public service events. I always enjoyed talking with him. He will be missed.

Posted by Rick Elushik - Zeeland, MI - Friend   September 16, 2020

Leah, Tim and Deb: what an awesome man! Always there for others. I remember talking in the yard when he came to take care of your mom’s house. He always said to me “ see you at tulip time”. I loved working with him at the parades as he was a tremendous asset to the Ottawa County Red Cross. He was a role model and will be missed! God be with your family

Posted by Ed Wirth - Friend   September 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of Ike's passing.It was a pleasure taken care of him.

Posted by Merry Kingsley - Allegan, MI - Friend   September 15, 2020

Sorry to hear of your dear husband's passing.
Norma and Bill Bruinsma

Posted by A friend   September 15, 2020

Darrel absolutely loved working with Ivan at Community Action House and then going out for lunch every Wednesday. He was a great help to me at church with the fountains. He was always willing to give me a hand. He was a great friend and will be missed a lot. Darrel and Romona Vanderark

Posted by Romona & Darrel Vanderark - Holland, MI - Friend   September 15, 2020

He was a good man and always around to help when we needed.

Posted by John Hanse - Friend   September 15, 2020

Ike, you will be missed so much. You have made gallons of coffee for the Holland Amateur Radio Club, and you put in over 30 years of helping with the Tulip Time Parade every year.

Posted by Tom Bosscher - Hudsonville, MI - Friend   September 15, 2020

My condolence to Leah and the Family; Ike has been called home, I learned today
I've enjoyed meeting up with Ike irregularly over the years (after HCHS); always with a smile on his face
So now K8EMU is a "silent key" as we say in the amateur radio hobby ~ rest in peace.
Regards, John Jellema K1ND

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

Leah, Tim and Deb,
I remember Ivan as a gentle, humble and caring person. While opportunities to share experiences with him were limited, the times we did spend together are fondly remembered. May God bless and care for you.

Posted by Rog Bratt - Grand Rapids   September 14, 2020

I have fond memories of camping trips with the DeWitts. I always liked hearing Uncle Ike talking on his HAM radio in the car while on trips - “This is K8EMU...”. We will remember him as a mild mannered guy with a big heart. We’re thankful, with you, that his difficulties and frustrations because of Alzheimer’s are over and that he will be raised completely healed and whole when Jesus returns.
With love,
Gwen and Mark & family

Posted by Gwen Leegwater - Family   September 14, 2020