Ted was a life-long resident of the Tri-Cities area. He graduated from Spring Lake High School, Class of 1971. He worked for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, starting in the reserve unit, and then became a full-time deputy sheriff at the Ottawa County Jail and later became a transport officer. He also had served as a volunteer firefighter for Grand Haven Township. Ted was the former owner of Sparkle Wash of Grand Haven, and also worked for The Home Depot and, most recently, was a driver for Harbor Transit. He was a long-time member of Trinity Reformed Church in Grand Haven, where he also served as deacon and elder.
Ted was a family man who always attended his sons’ sports events. He loved his dogs, and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing any chance he could get. Ted enjoyed sports and was a fan of the Michigan Wolverines. He especially enjoyed watching NASCAR races, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Sr. were his favorite drivers. He was a fun-loving guy whose memory will live on through those who knew him best.
Ted will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 40 years, Jill; his three sons: Jonathan Yonker of Grand Haven, Josh (Audrey Heath) Yonker of Hamilton and Justin Yonker of Grand Haven; sisters: Marjorie (Elwood) Rycenga of Holland, Lorena (Peach) Laman of Grand Haven and Judy Arbogast of Grand Haven; in-laws: Sharon Yonker of Grand Haven, Jane (Duane) Vis of Zeeland, Jim (Jackie) Yonker and Joel (Dawn) Yonker, both of Hamilton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Russ Laman; sister, Ruth Yonker; and brother, Wally Yonker.
The Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Trinity Reformed Church with Pastor Randy Bremmer officiating. Visitation will be Monday, June 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Klaassen Family Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Reformed Church or Officer Down Memorial Page. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Ted’s online guestbook.