Mike Kapteyn, age 58, passed away surrounded by his family at home in Lowell, Michigan on May 12, 2020 following a four-year struggle with brain cancer. Mike inspired others with the positive way he met the challenge of his terminal diagnosis living every day giving his best. Mike was born on November 20, 1961 and grew up in the Byron Center area. Mike was a builder who specialized in custom work, a craft he learned from his father. He spent years working with his business partner and brother, Dan, to build many homes in west Michigan. Mike used his wood working skills to build and design impeccable kayaks. He enjoyed spending time on the water in his kayak where he often drew crowds admiring his fine work. Mike loved the outdoors and enjoyed many hiking and kayaking trips with his family and friends. Mike is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sally Kapteyn; their children, Ashley (Phil) Stone, Kevin Kapteyn (Annelyse Dlouhy); his beloved granddaughter, Brielle Stone; sisters, Laurie (Bruce) Morrison, Amy Kortman and Rachael (Randy) VanLaar; step mother, Norma Kapteyn; in-laws Jim (Carla) VanAsselt; sister-in-laws, Luanne Helsen, Sandee Babb, Laurie (Jim) Reitsma; step-siblings Cindy (Doug) Lameyer, Scott (Shelly) Stegenga, Kurt (Sue) Stegenga; Nieces and nephews Jennifer (Jeremy) Wiltenburg, Jeff Helsen, DJ Babb, Kammy Babb, Cassie, Babb, Matt Reitsma, Baily Reitsma, Kelly Reitsma, Jenna Reitsma, Jason Reitsma, Jay Morrison, Noah (Liz) Morrison, Jeff (Gayathri) Kortman, Greg (Tracy) Kortman, Kelsie Kortman, Jake (Abby) Vanlaar, Luke Vanlaar, Micah VanLaar; and many other friends and family who he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Klaas and Deanna Kapteyn; brother, Daniel Kapteyn; nieces, Rachael Morrison and Joy Deanne VanLaar; mother in law, Carolyn VanAsselt A memorial service will take place on Monday at 6:00 PM. Family and friends who wish to view the service will be able to watch the memorial service on Zoom. ***Please download the free ZOOM app to participate.*** Kapteyn Memorial May 18, 2020 05:50 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87102971620?pwd=NTZvWWZiU0dNSGZYNTZBMks3ZGcyQT09 Meeting ID: 871 0297 1620 Password: 446359 To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Michael Scott Kapteyn please visit our Sympathy Store.
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