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Obituary for Bradley Batjes

February 21, 1973 - November 11, 2021
Zeeland, Michigan | Age 48

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Bradley Batjes, age 48, of Zeeland, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021, and is now at peace with his heavenly father.

Brad was born on February 21, 1973, to Maynard (Mike) and Karen Batjes of Holland, MI. He graduated from West Ottawa High School in 1992, enrolled in the Careerline Tech Center Engineering Design and Machine Technologies program and went on to earn his journeyman machinist certification. He was also an extremely talented fabricator and welder who took great pride in his work. As a young man, he engineered and fabricated dune buggies and Jeeps and spent many summer weekends driving the dunes at Silver Lake. Many wondered if he would get his head out of an engine long enough to notice girls, but he met Bonnie VanderVeen-Mokma in 2004 and they were married on January 19, 2007. Brad genuinely loved people and everyone he met he considered a friend. He was quick to offer his time and abilities to anyone who needed help. He enjoyed cooking BBQ, building BBQ smokers and he loved to feed a crowd. In recent years, some of his favorite activities were working on projects at home, camping, and flying RC airplanes. He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.

Brad is survived by his:

Wife of 14 years, Bonnie Batjes

Step-son,
Case Mokma of Kalamazoo, MI

Parents,
Mike (Karen) Batjes of Holland, MI

Parents-in-law,
Gus (Jan) Vander Veen of Holland, MI

Sister,
Wendy Long and Doug Rose of Grand Haven, MI

Sister-in-law,
Rhonda (Mark) Weir of Mount Dora, Florida

Brothers-in-law,
Greg (Julia) Vander Veen of West Olive, Eric (Jodi) Vander Veen of Mason, MI

Nieces and Nephews,
Rodney Lundy, Jeffrey Long, Chloe Vander Veen, Ryan Vander Veen, Noa Vander Veen, Gavin Vilchez

Funeral services are planned for 11:00am Friday, November 19 at Noordeloos Christian Reformed Church, 4055 112th Ave, Holland, with Rev. Brady Mulder officiating. Visitation is scheduled for 1:00-3:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm Thursday, November 18 also at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne Elhart be nice. Memorial Fund (www.benice.org). Arrangements are by Yntema Funeral Home and condolences may be left online at www.yntemafh.com.

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    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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