Chris Overvoorde

1934 ~ 2019

Overvoorde - Chris S. Overvoorde aged 84 of Grand Rapids passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jan and Alida Overvoorde; brothers, Christian and Neik Overvoorde; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jitze van der Vinne; Henry Duifhuis, Peter Terveer, and Maartje Overvoorde. Chris is survived by his wife, Greta; children, Sonja (Bob) Timmer, Paul (Lynn) Overvoorde, Joy Overvoorde, Pete (Nora) Overvoorde; grandchildren, Joshua Overvoorde, Megan, Jaden and Andrew Overvoorde, Levin and Eliot Faber, Isaac and Ben Timmer, Mia and Anika Overvoorde; great grandchildren, Sophia and Norah Overvoorde; brothers, Toon (Seanine) Overvoorde, Dick (Nel) Overvoorde, Adrie (Dicky) Overvoorde, Joop Overvoorde; sisters, Nel Van Der Vinne and Geri (Wim) Braber; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Clara Overvoorde, Dena Huizinga, Velma Duifhuis, Richard (Elsie) Duifhuis, John (Affie) Duifhuis. Funeral services will be held 11AM, Monday, September 9, 2019 at Grace Christian Reformed Church, 100 Buckley St. SE. Chris’s family will greet relatives and friends Sunday 3-6PM at Grace Christian Reformed Church. In lieu flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to a charity of your choice. To share a photo, memory and sign the online guestbook please visit Chris was born in Capella aan de Ijssel, The Netherlands in 1934 to Jan Overvoorde and Alida de Braber. After serving in the Dutch Army he immigrated to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1957. He married Greta Duifhuis in 1962 and became a Naturalized Citizen in 1966. Chris graduated from various technical schools and worked as a diesel mechanic and metal worker ere and in the Netherlands. He studied at Kendall School Design, worked as a graphic artist, and later studied painting and printmaking at the University of Michigan, where he received his B.S.D. and M.F.A degrees. In 1966 he began a 31-year career teaching art at Calvin College. In 1997 he retired as Professor of Art Emeritus. In 1966 he and his wife Greta joined Grace Christian Reformed Church where over the years he served on the Worship committee as the visual environmentalist, as deacon, elder, treasurer, vice chairman, and on several project committees. As an artist he has been active as a printmaker and painter. You can view examples at His works have been recognized by over 100 awards and Chris was involved in more than 50 group and solo exhibitions in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands. He was Artist in Residence both at Calvin College and at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. He is represented by the Armstrong DeGraaf Gallery of International Fine Art in Saugatuck, Michigan; and the Willock and Sax Gallery of Fine Art, Banff, Alberta, Canada. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Chris S. Overvoorde please visit our Sympathy Store.


SEP 8. 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)

Grace Christian Reformed Church

100 Buckley St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI


SEP 9. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)

Grace Christian Reformed Church

100 Buckley St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI

Funeral Service

SEP 9. 11:00 AM (EDT)

Grace Christian Reformed Church

100 Buckley St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI

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October 29, 2019 8:00pm

Dear Greta,  My mom Trudy Vonkeman and I recall meeting you and your husband at the Gushul Studio in Blairmore, Alberta, where we visited you with my late father, your cousin, Wim. We were reminiscing about the past, and family connections, and your and Chris's names came up. We are sorry to read of his passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.  Anine Vonkeman

- Anine Vonkeman

September 09, 2019 8:00pm

Please accept the heartfelt sympathies of the entire Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) community. We are honored that we were able to be part of Chris’ journey and deeply saddened by this loss of one of our alumni family.

- Kendall College of Art and Design

September 08, 2019 8:00pm

Chris was a great artist but more importantly he was a great man - When Karen and I would cross paths with Chris we always left him feeling more positive and upbeat and, in general, in a better mood.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family members and friends. Thank you for all you have done for our community.  Gary and Karen Paul               w

- Gary & Karen Paul

September 07, 2019 8:00pm

Mrs. Overvoorde,  My deepest sympathy to you and your families!! His beautiful work will be missed by many!! A great artist!  Barb Pell Schultz

- Barb Schultz

September 05, 2019 8:00pm

Mary Cay Blanks purchased the Beautiful in Blue for the family of Chris S. Overvoorde.

- Mary Cay Blanks

September 05, 2019 8:00pm

Chris was a master, a wonderful and knowledgable mentor to me when I became a docent at the GRAM. He was always encouraging, and complimentary with suggestions about works of art I was totally unfamiliar with. A most gracious man, whose ability to transmit his knowledge will be missed.

- Alan Bedell

September 04, 2019 8:00pm

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