Rev. Donald J. Vander Klok

October 30, 1942November 21, 2021

The Lord, in his providential care, took his covenant child, Rev. Donald J. Vander Klok, at age 79, to be with him for eternity Sunday, November 21, 2021. Don is survived by his loving wife, Janice Vander Klok, with whom he just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Also surviving are his three precious children Brian (Sue) Vander Klok, Brenda (Terry) Stevens, Laura (Mike) Schellenboom; three grandchildren Jacob (Justine) Vander Klok, Emily Schellenboom, Jessica Schellenboom; two great-grandchildren Maverick Vander Klok, Kingston Vander Klok; stepgrandchildren William Russell and Dale Russell; sister-in-law, Carol Vandelin; brother-in-law, Randy Baxter; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Grace Vander Klok; sister and brother-in-law Nell and John Booy; parents-in-law Herman and Alberta Kamminga; brother-in-law, Jim Vandelin; and sister-in-law, Mary Baxter.

Don was a tool and die maker for seven years at Kelvinator and 30 years at General Motors Diesel. He retired at 56 years old to pursue his passion of faith and attend seminary full-time. He went on to preach for 20 years. Don was a 25-gallon blood donor. He was a member of Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, November 26, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home - Byron Center Chapel, 2067 84th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church, 1945 84th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315, with visitation from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. For those wishing to attend virtually, you may access the livestream at In memory of Don and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Potter’s House Christian School. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021


Rev. Donald J. Vander Klok

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Coleen Hamman

November 26, 2021

Brenda and Terry
I am so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I am not able to be with you in person. Know that I am thinking of and praying for you and your family. Love you!

Mark Baxter

November 25, 2021

Very sorry to hear the news about Uncle Don. Especially as it is Thanksgiving, I think back to all the wonderful holiday events there were growing up and what a fixture Uncle Don was at them. I learned several things I did not know reading his obituary, such as his incredible blood donation efforts, but was most struck by the thought that after his first career he pursued his passion. That seems like a lesson for us all - to find what inspires us and make it the center of our life as he did. My thoughts will be with the entire Vander Klok family during this difficult time.

Joyce Antczak

November 23, 2021

Jan - I feel so badly for you and yours - I just keep remembering the lovely time we had at your house not too long ago with Tony, Carol, Randy, and you and Don. You and Don made us all feel so welcome; it's hard to believe that he is gone! But I'm sure he is happily talking with his heavenly father!

Marty Staal

November 23, 2021

Our sincere sympathy t o Jan and family. We share your loss.
Don was a kind and trusted friend for many years and will be sorely missed. Thankful to have spoken to him in recent weeks.
Marty and Connie