Paul "Dutch" Van Eizenga
1925 - 2020
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Van Eizenga, Paul "Dutch" Paul "Dutch" Van Eizenga left this earth on August 6, 2020 and entered into the presence of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dutch was the middle of seven children, born in 1925 to Paul Van Eizenga Sr. and Hattie Holgeerts, and he lived through the depression years. He also served his country as a naval corpsman during WWII. Dutch was a devoted husband to his wife, Charlene, who predeceased him in 2012, and a loving father to his children Mark and Marcia. He had a strong faith which he continued to share with others up until the day he went to his heavenly home, where we have no doubt that he has reunited with his wife, his daughter-in-law Linda, and other family members who have gone before him. Dutch leaves behind his son, Mark Van Eizenga; daughter, Marcia (Ken) Velting; five grandchildren Melissa Watkins, Amanda Skellie, Paul M. Van Eizenga, Benjamin Velting and Alexander Velting; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Van Eizenga of Myrtle Beach, SC; brother-in-law, Gerrit Ruiter of Grand Rapids, MI; sister-in-law, Deanie Van Eizenga of St. Joseph, MI; along with many nieces and nephews. One of Dutch's favorite activities was playing golf, and he continued to play into his retirement years until the symptoms of his Parkinson's Disease prevented him from doing so. He was valiant in his fight against Parkinson's in that he lived over 30 years after his diagnosis. He also had a strong desire to understand the Word of God and spent many hours studying and worshiping Christ through this activity. While we will miss him and his presence here on earth, we are rejoicing with him that he is with God in his new heavenly body. "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." I Corinthians 15:57 (NIV). Visitation will be held 3-6 PM Sunday, August 16 at Cook Funeral Home (West building), 4235 Prairie St. SW, Grandville, MI 49418. A private family graveside service will be held at Grandville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dutch may be made to the following charities: Grandville Bible Church for their online or CD Ministries, Institute for Creation Research, or Samaritan's Carriage. The family wishes to thank the staff of American House (Willowood Campus) for their loving care of Dutch for the past eight years of his residence there. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at

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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 17, 2020
Paul was one special guy! Got to know him at Hudsonville Nursing Home, when Char was there! Char was also a special lady, they were a couple everyone loved! Didn’t know he died until today when I found these obituary! I am glad to have known them ! Just wanted to give my sympathy!
We sure know where they are now! Earths loss, heavens gain !
Eunice Gemmen
August 11, 2020
What a honor getting to know this very special man. He loved telling his silly jokes and that smile. I will miss dearly. Condolences to his family and friends
August 9, 2020
What a great guy! From a young girl I always looked up to “Paul” he was the older brother to my favorite neighbor friend Eileen, his younger sister and my maid of honor, I am so happy to hear that he always served the Lord, the angels in heaven are rejoicing. Our sympathies to his children.
Doris Howard, and Glendon,”Andy” Swanson
August 9, 2020
I can remember seeing Paul Jr. a few times after my great Aunt Pauline married his father following their mates' deaths. If he was anything like his father, he was a gem!
Jackie Tanner
August 8, 2020
My nephew-in-law, Russ Bredeweg, just sent this obituary to me. Although I did not know 'Dutch', I am touched by Russ's memory of him. Paul was the 'Influencer' in Russ's life and that influence has trickled down to me through Russ. 'Well Done, Thou Good And Faithful Servant'!
George Groen
August 8, 2020
I first meet Paul back in 1963 at Werner Machinery. He was very instrumental in my christian life at age of 19. We maintained contact ever since. This man lived his faith. Last saw him 2 years ago. Great man
Russell Bredeweg
August 8, 2020
Hi Mark and Marcia. Praying for comfort for your family. Your dad was such a special guy to get to know. His positivity and silly jokes through all situations are what I'll remember most. ❤
Lauren from American House
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