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Charles "Chuck" VanDerKolk

Obituary for Charles "Chuck" VanDerKolk

December 20, 1953 - January 19, 2018
Zeeland, Michigan | Age 64


Charles (Chuck) VanDerKolk, age 64, passed away on January 19, 2018.

Chuck prioritized his time around loving people. He was a true servant and this was exemplified in many ways. He cultivated the hearts of young people by sharing the love of Christ while serving as a volunteer youth leader for more than 30 years, leading countless mission trips to Mexico and Young Life's Lake Champion and Frontier Ranch camps. His servant leadership was portrayed in his professional life where he served as the Water Operations Manager in the Zeeland Board of Public Works for 44 years and on several water committees, including the director and VP of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the ABC board of directors. Chuck was recognized with several prestigious awards while serving the water industry. He was proud of the role he played in the development of Zeeland's splash pad. Chuck's greatest passion was his family. His favorite pastimes were hanging out at the family cottage, taking his grandchildren on Mule rides to get ice cream, hunting with "the boys," traveling with Kathy (the love of his life), and vacationing with his many siblings and in-laws.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ruth VanDerKolk.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Michael and Carrie VanDerKolk (Hudsonville), Chad and Kate VanDerKolk (Hudsonville), Brandon and Kristen VanDerKolk (Traverse City); grandchildren, Silas, Abbie and Ayden. Siblings, Bette Jansen (Rodger), Ron (Jan) VanDerKolk, Diane Bloem (Jim), Tom VanDerKolk (Laura), Wayne VanDerKolk (Laura), Bruce VanDerKolk (Pam), Dave VanDerKolk (Terry), and Jon VanDerKolk (Lisa).

Visitation with the family will be 2:00-4:00 and 5:00-7:00 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State St., Zeeland, MI 49464.

A Celebration of Life service will be planned for this summer.

To honor of Chuck, Memorial contributions may be given to Lake Champion Young Life Camp.

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Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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