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Dennis "Denny" Schepel

Obituary for Dennis "Denny" Schepel

June 14, 1953 - November 11, 2020
Holland, Michigan | Age 67


Dennis Lee Schepel, age 67, of Holland, passed away on, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Denny was born in Zeeland, Michigan and attended Zeeland Public Schools. He was a missionary for the Christian Reformed Church of North America serving in Guatemala and then several years in Nigeria, Africa where he was a builder of churches, homes and hospitals. He worked for many years in sales for Lakewood Process Machinery of Holland where he traveled extensively to Chile, South America. As Denny followed his career path, he eventually became a vice president and part owner of both LPM and Fab Tech Industries.

Denny was a member of Beechwood Reformed Church. He was a gifted musician with a love for the guitar and the country music instilled in him by his parents. He participated in Street Performers in downtown Holland for several years, donating any earnings to a local charity.

Denny enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing and big lake boating. He and his wife were active members of Anchorage Marina and Yacht Club where he served for several years on the Board of Directors and as a Flag Officer/Commodore. Denny had his private pilot's license and found great joy in flying high above Holland and Lake Michigan. He and Barbara were fortunate to be able to travel extensively for both his job and for pleasure.

Denny was a loving husband, father, grandfather, who was known for telling crazy jokes, fishing with his grandkids, and instilling in them his love for boating in both Michigan and Florida. He also enjoyed using his prized Big Green Egg for cook outs with family and friends and grilled one of the best steaks you have ever tasted.

He will be deeply missed by those who survive including: his wife, Barbara (Doerr) Schepel; children: Kori Podjan, Jenni (Jeff) Palsrock, Sheri (Shaun) Harcourt, Lance Viau, Trent (Traci) Viau; grandchildren: Alison, Ethan, Chase, Jonny, Henry, Natalie, Max, Benson, Kendall, Jackson, Lucas, Addison, Connor, Kenzie, and Claire; siblings: Marla (Jack) Ziel, Kevin (Tracy) Schepel; as well as many in-laws and extended family.

A private memorial service is planned for 1:00pm Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Beechwood Reformed Church. This service will be livestreamed for those not able to attend and will be available from the "Watch" ==> "Livestream" tab at: Visitation will be 5:00-8:00pm Friday, November 27 at Yntema Funeral Home, Zeeland. Memorial contributions may be given to Faith Hospice or Zeeland Christian Schools.

The family is being served by Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State Street, Zeeland, MI 49464. To leave a message for the family, please visit

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