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Robert Spoelma

• Feb 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Robert Spoelma, age 97, of Grand Haven went to his Heavenly Home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 2, 2019. He fought the good fight and finished his race. He died of old age.

Bob was born May 21, 1921, in Grand Haven to the late Lubert Herman and Dora (Stap) Spoelma. Bob lived his entire life enjoying the Grand Haven landscape. He was a World War II Army veteran serving 3 1/2 years in England. He then married Clara DeVries on September 24, 1948. She preceded him in death after 63 years of marriage in September, 2012.

He was employed at Bastian Blessing for approximately 37 years. He also served as treasurer of the Bastian Blessing Employees Credit Union and as treasurer of Grand Haven Christian School. After retiring from Bastian Blessing, he volunteered at the Senior Citizen Center helping seniors with their taxes and worked at the voter polling stations. He was a lifelong member of First Christian Reformed Church serving as elder, deacon and treasurer. 

Bob loved to travel the U.S. and enjoyed group bus travels sightseeing with Clara by his side. He treasured his family and enjoyed playing a part in his grandchildren’s lives. He was often found fighting the squirrels in his backyard, wandering through county parks and trails, walking the Grand Haven Boardwalk or soaking up the view sitting along the channel. He was an avid sports fan. Bob was also a master word search detective in his later years.

Bob is survived by his children: daughter Debra (Robert) Graham of Belmont, MI; sons James (Carol) Spoelma of Holt, MI, Ross (Cheri) Spoelma of Newago, MI and Todd (Connie) Spoelma of Jenison, MI. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Celia Williams and Harriet Westerhouse.

The funeral service will be on February 6, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. at the Klassen Family Funeral Home with Pastor Cory Nederveld officiating. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m., one hour before the service. Interment will follow at Lake Forest Cemetery. Suggested memorials to the Grand Haven Christian School. 

Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Bob’s online guest book.

Arrangements are by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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