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Obituary for John Kooistra

February 1, 1940 - January 25, 2018
Oakland, Michigan | Age 77


John Kooistra, 77, of Oakland, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018.

Born Johannes Hendrik on February 1, 1940, in the Netherlands, John was one of nine children of Anne and Geertje (Meyer) Kooistra. John trained in agriculture and worked as a cattle dealer and dairy farmer. He married Pietje (Pat) van der Galien on March 25, 1964, and they had four children. In 1977 the family immigrated to a farm in Conklin, MI. After retiring from dairy farming, John became an award-winning elk farmer. He also volunteered for many Christian work projects, including several times serving on his church's Dominican Republic Mission. John and Pat are members of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pat, their children and grandchildren: Andrew Kooistra of Coopersville, Durk and Pamela Kooistra (Jeremy, Madison) of Allendale, Johan and Christy Kooistra (Eric, Andrew, Katelyn, Christian, Isabella) of Byron Center, Alja Kooistra (Gretje) of Livonia; siblings: brother Boele, twin brother Fokke, brother Freddy, sister Alie, sister Nienke, brother Jouke, brother Jan, sister Jacolien.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Drenthe Christian Reformed Church, 6344 Adams Street, Zeeland 49464. Visitation will be 4-7 pm, Tuesday, at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland. Interment will be in Bentheim Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Right to Life or Dominican Republic Work Project c/o Drenthe CRC.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Dominican Republic Work Project C/O Drenthe CRC
    6344 Adams
    Zeeland, MI 49464

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Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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