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John De Graaf, Jr.

Obituary for John De Graaf, Jr.

October 15, 1932 - October 28, 2021
Zeeland, Michigan | Age 89


John De Graaf, age 89, of Zeeland, entered into his eternal home on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

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At the age of 14, John emigrated from the Netherlands with his family, he served with the US Army in the Korean War and then worked for Merle Boes, Inc. delivering fuel oil to many homes in the area and doing maintenance for 42 years. He and his wife, Phyllis, were members of Bethel Reformed Church and Christ Memorial Church. In retirement, they enjoyed 17 years owning a cottage in the U.P. and spending their summers there with family and friends. John also enjoyed woodworking and attending Hope College basketball games for 50 years.

John was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Ellerbroek.

John is survived by his:

Wife of 66 years, Phyllis

Sandy (Vern) Bareman of Grand Rapids
Randy (Teresa) De Graaf of West Olive
Darlene (Mike) Koomen of Borculo

Keith (Elizabeth) Bareman
Lisa Hoeksema
Lori (Phil) Miller
Barry (Rachel) De Graaf
Jonathan Koomen
Nathan Koomen
Myra Koomen

Great Grandchildren
Caroline Bareman
Julia Bareman
Grace Miller
and a precious great grandchild expected in February.

Fran Kortman
Helene (Rich) Overway

Alyda Boes

Nick Ellerbroek

Visitation is planned for 9:30-10:30am, with a funeral service following at 11:00am, on November 11, 2021 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E 16th St., Holland. Pastor Vern Bareman will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Condolences may be left online at

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315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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