Robert Kirk Kraai

December 28, 1942 ~ September 3, 2022

Robert K. Kraai, age 79, of Kentwood, was welcomed into his heavenly home on Saturday, September 3, 2022. For most of his life, Bob lived in the Grand Rapids area, attending Zeeland and Grand Haven High Schools. After high school, he entered the US Navy and later served in the US Air Force. He managed Tarry Hall Roller Rink in Grandville for a time, but spent much of his career in sales at Imperial Graphics. He was a talented artist and enjoyed working with many mediums including glass and pyrographics. He was part of the Grand Valley Artists organization, and enjoyed the many friendships that were formed through the art shows he helped to manage. He enjoyed music, played piano and loved his dogs dearly. Bob enjoyed visiting with veterans and never missed an opportunity to share his faith. He will be greatly missed for his ability to problem solve, master any project, and his willingness to help anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his parents Jason and Barbara Kraai. He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Randall (Heather) Kraai; daughters, Laura Vetrano and Tricia Schultz; life partner and dear friend, Carol Korreck; grandchildren: Brianne, James, Henry, Milo, and Josiah; brother, Doug Kraai; sister, Nannette Rodgers; niece, Mackenzie Rodgers; and aunt, Shirley VanHoven. A Celebration of Life will be held at Tarry Hall Skating Rink in Grandville, MI on September 25, 2022 from 2-5pm.

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September 24, 2022 12:57pm
Bob was a long time member of Grand Valley Artists, and worked very hard to help manage and grow this organization. His management of the Reeds Lake Art Festival in East Grand Rapids was appreciated by artists, art collectors and GVA members. Bob was a devoted friend of many artists in Grand Rapids and he will be missed by all. He personally helped my wife Linda and I when we became a new members of GVA, making sure we not only took advantage of all the artist's group had to offer, but to instill in us how to give back to the organization, making sure they would be around for future generations as well. Bob, we'll miss you! - Steve and Linda Scarborough

- Steven Scarborough

September 14, 2022 10:26am
So sorry to here about Bob's passing. I remember the fun times of working at Tarry Hall Skating Rink with Bob and also working together at Central Trade Plant in Grand Rapids. I enjoyed our conversations together and his insight on situations. He will be missed but we have comfort knowing that we have eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all who repent and believe on Him. And I know Bob is there. Mike Kraai

- Mike Kraai

September 13, 2022 12:06pm
To my dear cousin, Bob: Wow, I miss you and miss looking forward to your phone calls. We didn't see each other in person very often, but we could easily be on the phone for an hour talking about our family history, our children and our pets. You had such a good memory about family and event details. I could always count on you to fill me in on our childhoods and current situations. We made a good memory driving to Drummond together to visit Aunt Shirley and Uncle Pickle. You and our dear Aunt Shirley were my only contacts to the "Kraai family" Your Mom and Dad were my Aunt Barb and Uncle Jason. My Mom, Gwen Kraai-VanSloten and my dad, Dennis VanSloten, were Aunt and Uncle to you. Please have comfort with your family and friends who already passed and I know you will be there to welcome me when I "come home" Did I ever tell you "I love you"? I think so,.but just in case, "I loved you dear cousin, Robert!" XXOO

- Patricia E Sandberg




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