OBITUARY

Donald Duane Bidelman Sr.

27 April, 194312 February, 2021

Donald Duane Bidelman Sr., age 77, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021. Donald was born April 27, 1943.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Margaret Bidelman, step mother, Gladys Bidelman, son, Christopher Bidelman, sisters, Pauline Vandervlught and Elaine Raines-Dunham.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Bidelman, and children, Don (Hope) Bidelman, Tammy Boggs, Candice Bidelman, Chance Bidelman, Carl Mohn, grandchildren, Melissa (Donte) Myles, Matthew Bidelman, Melanie Bidelman, Emily Bidelman, Makenzie Bidelman, Sophia Bidelman, Cynthia Blair, James Loy, Tiffany (David) Lane, brother, Ken (Meryle) Dykstra, many great grand kids, nieces and nephews, and close friends.

Donald’s nickname, as he was known to many, was “MUDD”. He served in the United States Army from 18 years old until 1964 when he was honorably discharged from his duty. He drove a truck for many years, Thorn Apple Valley being the longest. He enjoyed fishing, especially when he could take his granddaughter Sophia. He loved to give the grandkids a tractor ride around the neighborhood whenever they asked. He was a loving and wonderful grandfather. Donald had a love for classic cars along with his vast knowledge of them. He was always willing to fix your vehicle or help a neighbor. Donald was loved by many, and will be missed by all.

Special Thanks to Spectrum Health Hospice, all their nurses and aids, and especially thank you to Toya and Cathy.

A visitation for Donald will be held Friday, February 26, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, followed by a funeral service beginning at 12:00 PM at Reyers North Valley Chapel, 2815 Fuller Ave N.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505. Following the funeral service a burial will occur at 1:30 PM at Fairplains Cemetery, 2056 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. The funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Glenn Schaeffer of St. James Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donald's memory may be made to ISJ Academy , 2066 Oakwood Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505 US, https://www.mychristianschool.com/support.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.reyersnorthvalleychapel.com for the Bidelman family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, 26 February , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 26 February , 2021

  • Burial

    Friday, 26 February , 2021

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Sara McCurdy

26 February 2021

When I met Don was at a Christmas party for Thornapple Valley. He worked with my ex husband. He told Don we were getting married. Don had asked him if he was taking me on a honeymoon. Tom said I can't afford that so probably not he had to work. So Don spoke up and said well hell you can take my truck and I will take her. We all laughed. He has and forever be known as my honeymoon man. In case your wondering I never did get to go on a honeymoon. Lol. Don you have always been like family to me and my kids. They always called you Grandpa Don. You will always be loved and missed. I am just sorry I didn't get to come see you more often. Fly high in the sky old man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Hugs

Kim Granzotto

26 February 2021

Aunt Betty, Carl, Chance and Candy,
I have so many memories of Uncle Don . As a child, he would tease and kid around with me. He was always so nice and he would do anything for you. I know you will all miss him. Just talk about him, and Chris and cherish the memories. Love you all
Love Kim
Sorry I couldn’t be there.




Becky Barnett

23 February 2021

Uncle Don I really didnt get to know you as much as I would of liked to but they little time I did have with you was a blessing. You were a wonderful man and I will miss you dearly.. Prayers for all the kids and grandkids and the rest of the family.....

Bill Van Leeuwen

18 February 2021

Our neighbor for at least 20 yrs , Great guy either he was at our house seeing or controlling the dogs or they snuck across the street to see him and see if he had ring Bologna for them . Also he spent many of hours in our driveway working on one of our heaps to keep it running or in his driveway closer to his tools. Great cook ALSO taught me how to cook corned beef in the crockpot Yummy 👍🏻. Kept an eye on our sons cause they never new where Don was gonna be and bust them out LOL! You will be Dearly Missed our Friend !

Nathaniel Boersma

17 February 2021

I'm going to miss coming in jager attacks me and you yell at jager and he would give you a dirty look and walk away.

Betsy Greenwald

17 February 2021

Candice,
Keeping you close in my heart in thoughts and prayers.
Betsy Greenwald

Cheri Nelson

17 February 2021

Uncle don,

Walking into your home is not going to be the same. I wont hear hi grouch or coffee is on. I always looked forward to coming to your house. If I need to go somewhere that I didnt know where it was I could always count on you to take me. I remember one time when mom came down to get groceries. All you had was a volkswagon. I'm pretty sure there was 3 of us kids plus you and mom. She had 2 grocery carts full. You had her get us in the car and you put one cart of groceries in the trunk. Mom asked what about the other and you said dont worry I got this. You had her get in the car and he got in and rolled his window down . He grabbed the cart and down the road we went with that cart of groceries. I will miss you so much.

Hope Hendershot

17 February 2021

Uncle Don you will be missed greatly. I love you. R.I.P. Love Hope

Carol Van Dyke

17 February 2021

Betty and family : I am so sorry to hear of Dons passing. I'm sure you all are missing him !
Carol VanDyke

Robin workman

17 February 2021

Don was a wonderful man full of life and love always made u feel better when u we're down n could always made your day brighter. Gentle soul who adored all and lived life to the fullest. Very likable n easy to get along with
He will be missed deeply by all who knew him

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