Ronald L. Zoet

Ronald Lee Zoet, 71, of Spring Lake died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at home.

Arrangements will be announced later by VanZantwick Bartels Kammeraad Funeral Home of Spring Lake.


Rick Henningsen

I am so sad that I can no longer call Ron for coffee. When I was twelve, on a dark and scary night, he put me and my fellow Tenderfoot in large burlap sacks, tossed us in a car trunk and zipped around the backroads at Camp Henry (Scout initiation). When I was sixteen he bought a wonderful Chevy with a thousand horses under the hood. In my twenties he went away to Africa—our loss. In my thirties he was the principal at my little girl's school. In my forties he helped me sort out some thoughts on the changing organized church. In my fifties I printed some business cards for him. In my sixties, I did not call him often enough. God bless Char and the kids with peace. Ron's was a life well-lived. I really loved this man.


I have very strong memories of Ron as my principal at Grand Haven Christian School. It was Junior High, in the early 80's, a time when I still did not really know who I was as a person; I was a bit shy and certainly a bit awkward. He was a warm and caring person, a source of strength for me and many other students. He also was the first person to teach me about computers.

I got to be around him just a bit in later years, mostly seeing him at Christ Community Church, but it will always be as my principal that I fondly remember him. He made a transitional time in my life easier, and he was a very good, gentle, caring man. He will be missed. God be with his family. —Jeff VanAbbema


I clearly remember Mr. Zoet as the principal at Grand Haven Christian as well. As a little kid adjusting to school for the first time, he was definitely a wonderful man that made everyone feel comfortable and remembered all the kids names. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.


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