James Wesley Kruithof
FUNERAL HOME
Zaagman Memorial Chapel Inc
2800 Burton St Se
Grand Rapids, MI
Kruithof, James Wesley James Wesley Kruithof, 84, went to meet his Savior on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. He joins his parents, his sister, and his infant son, Doug, in glory. Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna (Vande Pol); his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Mary and Jim Stegink (Ryan and Kristina [Theo, Lincoln, and Tessa], Annie, Robyn and Jarrel Williams), John and Julie (Jeremiah and Ashley, Josiah, Lydia), Amy Bergsma (Carlie and Caleb Sprik, Alex, Jordan, Evan), and Louise and Ed Vecziedins. He is also survived by his sister Ruth Koster, his brother Harv and Karen, and his in-laws: Jim Heuker, Richard Wiersma, Larry and Deb Vande Pol, Carl and Jane Vande Pol as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Jim was a long-time member of the Alger Park Christian Reformed Church. His love for his family was evident in epic road trips and rollicking Sunday dinners (his barbequed chicken was the best!) His love for the Church was evident in his many years serving as a deacon or elder. His love for young people was evident in his work with the West Michigan Youth Bible Conference and Youth Unlimited (now Dynamic Youth Ministries), and his love of singing was evident in his duets with Donna and his faithful participation in the tenor section of multiple choirs. Family and friends may meet with Jim's family at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, October 15. Guests are asked to wear a mask. A private interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens will be followed by a celebration of God's goodness in Jim's life at Zaagman's on Saturday, October 16, at 1:00 pm (masks requested). The funeral service will be livestreamed and able to be viewed at Vimeo.com/zaagman. Memorial contributions can be made to Emmanuel Hospice, 401 Hall St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The family is most grateful to Tennille, David, and the rest of Dad's team for their loving care these past months.

Published by Grand Rapids Press from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Oct
15
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4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Zaagman Memorial Chapel Inc
2800 Burton St Se, Grand Rapids, MI
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16
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Memories of Jim & Donna & the dinners with my parents & Ralph & Carol. Trying different foods from different countries. All the laughter from those couples & all us kids playing. That was along time ago!! My condolences to Donna & the family.
Kathy Konyndyk Robinson
October 14, 2021
Donna, your Sentinel Pointe family is praying for you. You've been a gracious example for all of us. May God comfort your family as only He can.
Patsy Clark
Friend
October 14, 2021
Know that you are loved from afar as you say your earthly goodbyes to your dad. Hugs and prayers
Marilyn Stremler
October 14, 2021
My sympathy to you, Donna, and your family. Lots of great memories from the W. MI Bible Conference days. Thanks for serving in the leadership!
Eunice (Snippe) Kooiman
October 14, 2021
Our sympathy to you John , Julie and family . What joy for your Dad to be singing praises to our Lord in his eternal home. Sincerely, Arnie and Shirley Snoeyink
Arnie and Shirley Sneoyink
October 14, 2021
My sympathy to you all in this time. I remember singing with Jim at Alger, and can hear his voice telling us to do "karate chops" to loosen each other up. Smiling through tears, imagining him in the heavenly chorus of Rev 7:9-10.
Karen Ehrich
Friend
October 13, 2021
We send our deepest condolences in the loss of your dad. I have so many memories of him from our times in high school and college. I don´t remember the chicken, but I do remember the pudding ! He was a wonderful man who served his God faithfully. Love to all of you.
Jennifer Schroder
October 13, 2021
Jim sang at our wedding 40 years ago. He had a great voice. We are among many who were blessed by his singing. Our sympathy to his family.
Fred M Ritsema
October 13, 2021
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