Ryan Lee Brunink

  • Born: December 9, 1981
  • Died: September 25, 2020
  • Location: Zeeland, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464

Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ryan Lee Brunink, age 38, of Zeeland, passed away Friday evening surrounded by family. After a nine-month battle with cancer in his final hour on earth Ryan said he was driving his tractor to Heaven to see Jesus, and there better be red tractors there.

Ryan was born December 9, 1981, to Bob and Lila Brunink. He graduated from Unity Christian High School and Ferris State University. Ryan was employed as a mechanic at Reeman Farm Equipment in Fremont, Michigan. He was an active member of Borculo Christian Reformed Church. Ryan particularly enjoyed spending time on the family farm.

He is survived by his parents Bob and Lila Brunink, and his sisters: Kelli (Kris) Abbott of East Tawas, MI, and Jodi Tenhopen of Zeeland; he was a loving uncle to Kaylee, Karalynn, and Konner Abbott, and Brooklyn Tenhopen; he is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A funeral service to honor the faith and life of Ryan Lee Brunink will be held at 1:00pm, Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at Borculo Christian Reformed Church, 6464 96th Ave., Zeeland MI 49464. Ryan's pastors Rev. Stephen Terpstra and Rev. Allen Petroelje will officiate.

Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00pm, Monday at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland 49464, and also on Tuesday from 11:30am-12:45pm, at Borculo CRC prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Borculo Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia/Lymphoma Society or the charity of one's choice.

Per the Governor's rules, masks/facial coverings are required to enter the funeral home for the visitation.

Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear about Ryan's passing. Enjoyed having him work at our feed store and enjoyed his company. He always had time to talk and be friendly, I know he's on a red tractor but I bet there are orange and green ones there too!

Posted by Deb Lamer - Zeeland, MI - Friend   October 21, 2020

Bob, sorry for your loss.

Posted by Cal Karsten - Zeeland, MI - Coworker   September 29, 2020

Dear Mr and Mrs Brunink,
You have our heart felt sympathy, may you feel the prayers and concerns in the loss of Ryan. We truly enjoyed having him as a student in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment program. His excitement and love for farming, tractors and equipment was very evident in his time here. His attitude was outstanding and he was always willing to help others in any way that he could. Ryan had stopped in to speak to the class a couple of years back to share with them what it was like to work on farm equipment and what it took to make it in the field. We are sorry for your loss and will miss his smiling face and fun sense of humor. Ryan was a fine young man who loved his family, friends and Lord. That always showed through. Sincerely, Kevin Wiersma Ryans' diesel instructor.

Posted by Kevin Wiersma - Allendale, MI - Teacher   September 28, 2020

Dear Bob and Lila, and family,
We are so sad to hear of the loss of your dear son, Ryan. We are praying that God will comfort you with His grace and the assurance that Ryan is now with his Lord, free from sickness and tears.

"From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2

With Christian sympathy and prayers,
Gary and Joyce (Kuiper) Noorman and Aunt Grace

Posted by Joyce Noorman - Family   September 28, 2020

I was very blessed that Ryan was my special friend and I have cherished memories to keep in my heart always.
My Deepest Sympathy to all of Ryan's family.
Keeping each of you in my prayers.
Linda Rottschafer

Posted by Linda Rottschafer - Friend   September 27, 2020

Rest in peace, Ryan

Posted by A friend   September 26, 2020

Jodi & Brooklyn, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother and uncle. We will keep you and the family in our prayers.

Posted by Mike & Linda Philo - Hudsonville, MI - Acquaintance   September 26, 2020

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