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James E. "Jim" Wabeke

Obituary for James E. "Jim" Wabeke

November 10, 2021
Zeeland, Michigan


James E. Wabeke, 66, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

Jim was born in 1955, in Zeeland, to James and Elizabeth (Louwsma) Wabeke. He married Susan Van Klompenberg in 1976. After Jim graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1973 he started working on a gladiola farm. He later worked for the Hudsonville Farmers Co-op, and the last 30 years he worked for Zeeland Lumber. Jim retired in April of 2021. Jim is a lifelong member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. He was preceded in death by his brother Vern Wabeke, and his parents James and Betty Wabeke.

Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan, their sons and their families: Nicholas and Sherri Wabeke (Amy, Emma), Todd Wabeke, Kyle and Joanna Wabeke; sister Norma and Earl Overbeek, sister Carol and Virgil Statema, parents-in-law Lavern and Shirley Van Klompenberg, in-laws: Lyle and Barbara Van Klompenberg, Cindy Poest, Sally and Jeff Koert, and many extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm, Monday, November 15, 2021, at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 515 East Main Avenue, Zeeland MI 49464. Visitation will be 3-5 pm, Sunday at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland MI 49464, also 3:00-3:45 pm, Monday, prior to the service at Bethel CRC. Interment will be in Zeeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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