John Vander Meulen

September 5, 1934 ~ May 4, 2023

John Vander Meulen, age 88, of Jenison, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, May 4, 2023. John grew up in the small town of Winsum, Netherlands, where he met and later married his childhood sweetheart, Grace. He also served as a sergeant and cook in the Dutch army. Shortly after marriage, John and Grace immigrated to Canada and in 1962 immigrated again to the United States (California). In earlier years John worked in a few bakeries which were the inspiration that led him to start his own industrial catering business. He cherished spending time with family including vacations on the houseboat and entertaining at the lake house. He also enjoyed traveling and cruising with Grace. He was honored to serve as an elder and catechism teacher at his churches. John will be remembered for his sense of humor, outgoing personality and strong work ethic. His faith and his family were most important to him, and he will be missed for his leadership as a loving husband, father and opa. He was preceded in death by parents, Jan and Grietje Vander Meulen and sister, Aly Zwaan. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years, Grace; children, Ellen (Ken) Berry, John (Mary Louise) Vander Meulen, Rev. Derrick (Debbie) Vander Meulen, Tim Vander Meulen; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Tineke Dijkstra, Dini (Koos) Zwerver, Margriet (Wim) Jansen, Atze (Stiena) Vander Meulen, Piet Vander Meulen; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at Bethel United Reformed Church, 8360 Cottonwood Dr., Jenison with Pastor Steve Postma officiating. Burial will take place at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. The family expresses their gratitude and appreciation to the care teams of Waterford Place and Faith Hospice for their loving care of John. A livestream of the service will be available at the church’s website.

Wednesday, May 17
10:00am - 11:00am

Bethel United Reformed Church
8360 Cottonwood Dr.
Jenison, MI 49428

Funeral Service
Wednesday, May 17

Bethel United Reformed Church
8360 Cottonwood Dr.
Jenison, MI 49428

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May 21, 2023 5:12pm
Oom Jans - my very hospitable and friendly uncle, who hosted us with great love and care with tante Gré, and loved to tlk about Jesus wih us. We are people of Hope, which helps not to fall in despair when one dies, but hope for future. It is promised

- margriet

May 19, 2023 3:23pm
Watched the tribute to your dad Ellen. It was beautiful and I can see why you are missing him. You can see he was a kind man and a good father. We send our love and pray for your days ahead. Much love, John and Sandy

- Sandy Goedegebuure

May 17, 2023 3:59pm
To the whole family, sincere condolences.

- Peter van der Meulen

May 16, 2023 1:24pm
with sincere condolences

- Gerieke Hooisma - van der Meulen

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