John Kuiper

31 juillet 193311 septembre 2021

John Kuiper, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, September 11, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gerry Kuiper; children Rick Kuiper, Judy (Tim) Lagerway, Shirley Burrows, Elizabeth Leibel; grandchildren Alex, Josh, Jacob, and Caleb Kuiper, Andrew, Eric, and Jeremy Lagerway, Hannah (Nick DeVito) , Ben, and Becca Burrows, Marissa, Ali, and Emma Leibel; sisters Martie Hiemstra and liesje Kuiper; brothers- and sisters-in-law Thea (Pete) Beintema, Fred (Cheryl) Braam, George (Harriet) Braam, Sue (Dennis) Sorensen, Jim (Donna) Braam; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

John served in the Dutch Royal Airforce from 1952-1957. He immigrated to the USA in May, 1957 to Whitinsville, MA where he apprenticed as a tool and die maker at Whitin Machine Works. John moved to G.R. after his apprenticeship in September, 1963 and was married to Gerry Braam October 31, 1964. The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff at Spectrum Zeeland West and Spectrum Hospice for their wonderful care.

Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home (West building), 4235 Prairie St. SW, Grandville, Michigan. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Ridgewood CRC, 1571 Baldwin St., Jenison, MI 49428. In lieu of flowers and in memory of John, contributions may be made to Spectrum Hospice or Ridgewood CRC Mission Fund. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresgrandville.com.


  • Visitation

    vendredi, 17 septembre , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    samedi, 18 septembre , 2021


John Kuiper


Sharon TenElshof VanderWilp

17 septembre , 2021

Dear Mrs. Kuiper,
Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family in your loss.
I have so many memories of staying at your house on Michael in the late 60's with my sisters, even overnight for several days. Looking back on it now, that must have been a "house-full" for you both with us and your growing family, but you and Mr. Kuiper handled it all with grace. You were always there for me for special events, like graduations, wedding, etc. and never once forgot my birthday while I was growing up! You have been wonderful friends for so many years for my parents and by extension, me. Thank you! God bless you.
Sharon TenElshof VanderWilp

Thea Walvius

16 septembre , 2021

Hello Gerry and family,

We will remember Jan as a kind and interested person. Hannah says he was a second grandfather for her. We remember the times that you where here coming along on your travels. He loved to eat “nasi met gehaktballetjes” , and afterwards a nap in the chair.

We wish you Gods blessing an strength .

Kind Regards,
Jos and Thea
Ben and Geanne
Hannah and Robin

Lisa Dionne

15 septembre , 2021

Happy memories of all the Holiday meals with John and Gerry at the Burrows home. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Lisa, Jeff, Dylan and Derek and Marlene Burrows

Larry and Elena DeVito

15 septembre , 2021

We are so glad we had the opportunity to meet Mr. John during our quick trip to Michigan about two years ago. We really enjoyed meeting and talking to him!!! He was a great gentleman and we wish we would have had the chance to see & get to know him more!!! We are so saddened for your lost & hope you find peace in all of the shared memories! He will stay frever in your heart! Keeping all the family in our prayers. Love, Larry and Elena.