September 7, 1929 – June 30, 2021
Henry Toonstra, age 91 of Byron Center, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom he faithfully served, on June 30, 2021. His parents Martin and Anna (Prins) Toonstra preceded him in death along with his wife of 67 years, Henrietta; granddaughter, Jodi Lynn Jacobson; brothers Elmer Toonstra, Rev Martin and Joyce Toonstra; sisters Sylvia and Bob Westra, Johanna and Bob Turner, Jeanette and Harold Barber, and Anna Mae Toonstra. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren Gay Ann and Ken Jacobson (Becky Jacobson, Kevin and Andrea Jacobson (Brian), Tim Jacobson (Maddie, Josie); Rich and Barb Toonstra (Mitchell Toonstra, Katie and Jonathan Matthews (Ellis); Beth and Richard VanHouten (Rachel and Peter Brand); brothers and sisters-in-law Edward and Marilyn Toonstra, Arnold and Thea Toonstra, Ruthe Toonstra; many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces; friends and neighbors.
Henry loved his family and he will be dearly missed. Henry served in the army during the Korean conflict. He worked at Steelcase for 36 years. He served as a deacon and elder in the Christian Reformed Church and on Sylvan Christian’s School Board. After retirement, Henry worked part-time for 13 years delivering airline tickets. He enjoyed woodworking projects but most of all spending time with his wife and family.
A memorial service for Henry and Henrietta will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home, 2067 - 84th St. SW, Byron Center, with Pastor Adam Nordyke officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 5 at Cook Funeral Home in Byron Center. Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to Byron Center Christian School or South Christian High School. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresbyron.com.
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July 17, 2021
It was a true joy to work with Henry back in the day when he delivered travel tickets, (with Mert) always a smile and wave for everyone. His quiet words of encouragement always made the day.
Blessings of heavenly rest.
July 6, 2021
Just found Henry's obituary or would've said something sooner. We have been neighbors for many years. Henry was a fine Christian person. Kay and I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to his family. Rest assured he is now in paradise with Our Lord and other saints who preceded him.
July 5, 2021
It was my pleasure to know Henry. He was kind and compassionate to every he met. He lived his life to glorify his savior. My sympathy to his family .
July 5, 2021
God Bless the Toonstra Family!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you make your way through the grieving process!
Mike and Pat Larabel
July 4, 2021
praying for you and your family may God grant you what you need at this time
Jeff & Lynn Toonstra’s
July 1, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Uncle Hank was a kind and gentle man. I cherish the many fond memories of our families getting together. We don’t grieve as the world does as we know faith has become sight as he now sees Jesus face to face!!
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
July 1, 2021
Henry has been a dear friend since we became neighbors 26 years ago. I am so sorry but I know he's thrilled to be in heaven with Henrietta. My sincere condolences to all of you.