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Dan A. Koeman

Obituary for Dan A. Koeman

August 3, 1945 - October 17, 2017
Holland, Michigan | Age 72


Dan Arthur Koeman, 72, entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, October 17, at Holland Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Born in Holland to Don and Julia Koeman, he attended Holland Christian High School, Reformed Bible College, Calvin College and Western Michigan University.

Dan was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend and fellow Graafschap Church member, Gloria Sternberg on June 19, 1968. In May of 1971, Dan was in a life changing automobile accident, resulting in the amputation of his right leg. Dan was a living example of patience, positivity and what it means to live for Jesus to each of his four children. He taught them that living with a disability doesn't mean living a disabled life, and he lived life to
the fullest.

Dan was an educator at heart, both during his 31 years as an elementary school teacher in the Hamilton community school system, and in engaging with his own children and grandchildren. He also served Laketown Township in the roles of Clerk and Supervisor. He was kind and soft-spoken, and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. Dan took time to encourage adventures, take safe risks, and get fun owies. He is dearly
missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his Creator. Dan was a passionate and creative man, who enjoyed boating, camping, fishing, and being outside in nature; he shared this love of the out of doors with his children and grandchildren. He always took that extra moment to appreciate the beauty and wonder of God's creation.

Dan is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Gloria (Sternberg), his children Shanda Sprick (Gary), Tricia Warsen (Matt), Kevin Koeman (Gretchen), Ryan Koeman (Kate), and his thirteen grandchildren: Bryce, Lydia, Garrison, Simon, Noel, Michael, Dakota, Penny, Tessa, Finn, Lleyton, Vayle and Gibson. He is also survived by his siblings Jack Koeman (Joyce), Ken Koeman (Kay), Ted Koeman (Linda), Mary Hoffman (Jim), Nancy Koeman, Karen Teusink
(Larry), and Keith Koeman (Pam). He is also survived by his in-laws Thelma Horn (Dave), Peg Smit (Phil), Pat Walter, Linda Butler (Pat), Sue Carlson (Steve), and Kim Becksvoort (Scott). He is preceded in death by his parents, Don and Julia Koeman, and his in-laws Jerald and Harriet Sternberg.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 22 from 2pm to 5pm at the Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home in Holland, located at 315 E.16th Street. A celebration of Dan's life will be held on Monday evening, October 23 at 6:30pm at Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church, 836 E. 8th Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Blue Star Library Fund to support the students at Blue Star Elementary or to The Felt Estate in Laketown Township.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Blue Star Library Fund
    3846 58th St.
    Holland, MI 49423

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Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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