George Darke

  • Born: August 23, 1938
  • Died: November 9, 2020
  • Location: Holland, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

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

Tribute & Message From The Family

George Joseph Darke, age 82, peacefully transitioned into the arms of his Heavenly Father on November 9, 2020.

George was born to George and Irma Darke on August 23, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. He married his soul mate, Raenella (Sue) Rushing on November 8, 1958; served his country with a 20-year career with the United States Coast Guard as a Chief Petty Officer First Class and retired a second time from ETW / Textron / Woodward in 2000. Post retirement, George worked at DeNooyer Chevrolet.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George & Irma Darke; siblings, Margaret (Jack) Hickmott, Joan (John) Ross; brothers-in-law, James (Danny) Rushing, Daniel Rushing, William Rushing, and Michael Rushing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Raenella (Sue) Darke, daughters, Lisa DeVries, Susan (Doug) Wabeke; sister-in-laws, Arron Rushing and Tina Rushing; 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation nieces and nephews and many friends who have won his heart and become extended family.

Visitation with the family is scheduled for 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church, 77 West 32nd St. Holland, MI 49423.
In lieu of flowers, the family would request honoring George by making a donation to the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association ( or S.S. City of Milwaukee & USCGC Acacia (

Burial to take place in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My sympathy to you Sue, Lisa, and Susan on the loss of your husband/father. Christ's peace to you.

Posted by Emily Lievense - Holland, MI   November 22, 2020

It is with great sadness that I learned about the passing of Uncle George. He always had a big heartwarming smile for me. Sending prayers and my love to Aunt Sue, Lisa and Susan.

Posted by Gaby Albertson - Las Vegas, NV - friend   November 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of George's passing. Our prayers go out to Sue and his daughters.

Posted by Tammi TerAvest - Holland, MI - Friend   November 14, 2020

I always liked George. So sorry for your loss Sue. Prayers for you and your family.

Posted by Mickey Grotenhuis - Friend   November 13, 2020

Sue and Family you have my deepest sympathies, GOD Bless

Posted by Lu Ann Captain - Friend   November 12, 2020

Sue and Family you have my deepest sympathies GOD Bless.
Lu Ann Captain

Posted by Lu Ann Captain - Friend   November 12, 2020

I’m so sorry Sue and family to hear of George’s passing. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Posted by Renae Yedinak - Friend   November 12, 2020

Lisa and Family: We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Based on his daughter (you) and the written tributes on this site I am sure he was a great guy who will be missed. We wish you and your family the best during this time. We have donated to the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association in his honor.

Posted by NA Customs Team YFAI - Canton, MI   November 12, 2020

To Sue and family
I am so sorry to hear of George’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sandy Beute

Posted by Sandy Beute - Acquaintance   November 12, 2020

I loved talking to George when he came in the dealership. He was an awesome person and will be greatly missed. My heart and prayers are with you and your family Sue

Marlene Bullers

Posted by Marlene Bullers - HOLLAND, MI - Friend   November 12, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
May God Comfort and give you Strength
In the upcoming days ahead.

Lee Ann Overway

Posted by A friend   November 11, 2020

I have known George and the rest of the family for over 53 years. I have too many happy memories to count but some include getting thrown into their pool by George and my dad, going to Cedar Point together several times, going out in one of the coast guard boats to see where he worked, weddings, and birthday parties to name just a few. I loved George and he will forever be a part of my memories and will hold a special place in my heart.

Posted by Michelle Grommesh - Surprise, AZ - Family Friend   November 11, 2020

The staff at Trans International sends their condolence and have donated to each of your charities in George's name.

Posted by Trans International    November 11, 2020

My dear Wilma and I and our family met George back in 2004. He was a tender heart in a rough sailor's exterior who easily won our girls' affection and grandson's wonder. You will be missed George.
friend and neighbor

Posted by Randall Hirdes - Neighbor   November 11, 2020

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