In memory of

   John Vander Ploeg


John William Vander Ploeg went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 7, while residing at Raybrook Manor. He was born on September 13, 1918, in Arlene, MI to Jelde and Dora Vander Ploeg. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Lois Jean Van Zoeren, his son-in-law, Douglas Grevengoed, his brothers, Cornelius, Sidney, Fred, and Walter, and his sister, Jeanette Crandall. John grew up in Grand Rapids, graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 1937 and married Lois in 1941. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 in California and the South Pacific. Upon his return, he was employed by Vander Sys and Company, a carpeting business in downtown Grand Rapids. In 1958, he purchased the business with a partner and later became the sole owner until his retirement in 1976. Through the years, he was a very active member of Grace Reformed Church, Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church, where he served numerous terms on the council, and Calvary Church. John's strong faith and commitment to the Lord were an inspiration and example to his family, his employees, and to everyone who knew him. He was respected for his integrity, his strength of character, and his work ethic. John loved fishing and found many opportunities to enjoy this hobby with family and friends. The presence of his grandchildren and great grandchildren always brought a twinkle to his eye. John is survived by his four children and their spouses, Joyce (Douglas) Jeltema of Kalamazoo, Marilyn (Tom) Scholtens, John Jr. (Barb) Vander Ploeg, and Tom (Jena) Vander Ploeg, all of Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren, David (Roberta) Jeltema, Matthew (Ellen) Jeltema, Mark (Julie) Grevengoed, Karen (Paul) Dudley, Cheri (Craig) Stein, Brenda (Joel) Swanson, and John Vander Ploeg III; nine great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Grada Vander Ploeg; and many nieces and nephews. The family will greet relatives and friends Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral chapel. His grandson, U.S. Navy Chaplain David Jeltema will officiate at a service to celebrate his life at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel. Interment will take place in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the third floor nursing staff at Raybrook Manor for their loving care. Memorial contributions may be made to the Patient Assistance Fund of Holland Home.

Lot location –  Nativity 282 C #3

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