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Bruce Ming

Obituary for Bruce Ming

November 20, 1929 - October 16, 2018
Holland, Michigan | Age 88


Bruce Jarvis Ming, 88, of Holland, died peacefully in his earthly home and was welcomed into his eternal home on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

He was born in Holland, Michigan on November 20, 1929 to Margaret (Kraai) and Oscar Jarvis Ming, who both preceded him in death. He was the youngest of three siblings and is survived by sister, Marlyn Kane and was preceded in death by eldest sister, Tommy Lou Mooi, and grandson, Jan Gregory Elenbaas.

Bruce was a member of the Holland High School graduating Class of 1947. Bruce married Karen Rose (Lam) and they recently enjoyed celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary. Bruce & Karen spent the majority of those years enjoying the home they had built on a 20 acre hobby farm in Overisel. After holding a variety of manufacturing jobs, Bruce decided he would like to become a teacher and enrolled in Hope College at the age of 33! While there, he played football and was on the track team. He graduated in 1968 and was employed by the West Ottawa public school system until his retirement. In addition to teaching, Bruce coached Wrestling. Bruce also received his Masters Degree from Western Michigan University. His many and varied interests included singing, hunting & fishing, running, drawing, and enjoying nature. He was honored to be a Senior Olympian and carried the torch when the games were held in Holland.

He will be missed greatly by his wife, Karen; daughter, Jo-Ellen Ming and David Hering; daughter, Abbie-Jo and Ryan Wilcox; grandchildren, Jacob Jarvis Elenbaas, Adelyn Rose Wilcox, Annelle Marie Wilcox; and a great-granddaughter, Rowan Angela Elenbaas. Bruce's in-laws include Marilyn (Lam) Rynbrandt (deceased), Donald and Jean Lam, Judy (Lam) and Jim Ludens. Bruce's cousins, nieces and nephews were dear to his heart and he enjoyed spending time with them.

The family invites you to visitation on Saturday, October 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State St., Zeeland, MI 49464

You are also welcome to join them at a Celebration of Life service on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 pm at Maplewood Reformed Church 133 E. 34th St., Holland, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Bruce's name be given to The Maplewood Church Mission Fund and U of M Oncology research.

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251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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