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Lamont Dirkse

Obituary for Lamont Dirkse

January 5, 1927 - January 30, 2019
Holland, Michigan | Age 92


On January 30, 2019, Lamont Dirkse passed away at the age of 92. Lamont was born in Hingham, Wisconsin, graduated from Oostburg High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving as a Hospital Corpsman. Lamont graduated from Hope College in 1950, obtained a Master's degree from Northwestern University and a Doctorate from Michigan State University.

After serving as a school administrator in Grand Haven, Lamont returned to Hope in 1964 taking a faculty position in the Education Department. Lamont had a passion for students - he enjoyed being a part of their personal journeys whether through teaching, helping find a first job, or cheering them on in extra-curricular activities. He built relationships with students that lasted long past their years at Hope.

Lamont lived a life of service helping to establish Habitat for Humanity in Holland and serving on the boards of Evergreen Commons and Resthaven. He served in various leadership positions at Christ Memorial Church over his 40 years of membership there.

Lamont is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth (DeGraaf), son David (Anne, deceased) and daughters Susan Carlson (Bob) and Nancy DeWitt (Scott), 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Lamont's life will be held at 10am, on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at First Reformed Church, 630 State Street, Holland. Visitation will be at First Reformed on Friday, February 8 from 5-7pm.

Memorial donations are to Resthaven Care Community - Boersma Cottage. The family is being served by Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Resthaven-Boersma Cottage
    280 W 40th St.
    Holland, MI 49423

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Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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