OBITUARY

Ivan "Ike" J. Volkers

July 6, 1941February 10, 2021
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Ivan "Ike" Volkers, age 79, of DeWitt, MI passed away on Feb.10, 2021 at Freedom Village Memory Care in Holland, MI. Ike was a graduate of HCHS. After graduating from Ferris State University with a degree in Environmental Health, Ike worked for the Wayne County Health Department for three years; then retired from the Michigan Department of Public Health after twenty-three years of service. Ike then worked as a custom home builder with his son, Rick, at Volkers Builders. His hobbies included fishing on Lake Michigan and Naples Bay, and elk hunting in Colorado.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Isla; children, Rick (Leigh) Volkers of DeWitt, Stephanie (Jim) McCarthy of Denver / DeWitt; four grandchildren, Josh (Morgan) McCarthy, Adam McCarthy, Gabe (Sarah) Eyde, Olivia (Bryan) McCabe; great-grandchild, Parker McCarthy; siblings, Elaine Dorn, and Janice Voss.

Ike was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Grace Volkers; brothers, Jason, Harvey, Gordon; and sisters, Lois and Vivian.

Private services will be held with Pastor Ken Beiber officiating. Ike will be interred at Graafschap Cemetery in Holland, MI. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, February 16 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt Chapel.

Please consider making a donation in memory of Ike to the Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grdewitt.com

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    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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Joel Bouwens

February 18, 2021

Isla,
Sending sympathy to you on the death of Ike. He was such a kind soft spoken man. We have missed him around SummerPlace and will continue to miss him this summer. May you feel peace and God's love surrounding you at this sad time.
Blessings, Joel and Marianne Bouwens

Nanette & Jerry Gordon

February 16, 2021

Isla & family -
Jerry & I were so saddened to hear of Ike's passing. I met Ike through work at the Department of Public/Community Health. Ike always had an infectious smile that could brighten any day.
When Jerry was building our own homes, Ike was always helpful & generous with his advice.
We both so enjoyed the time we stayed at your little condo on Lake Macatawa and boating to dinner.
Ike was such a talented, personable person. We were so fortunate to have known him. We will always remember him as a friend, coworker, his love of his family, and just a "great guy".
We are so sorry for your loss ...

Harris Nykamp

February 15, 2021

To our niece Isla, Alma and I are so saddened by hearing of the loss of your husband. May the Grace of God carry you and your family through these grieving times. Keep the Faith.
Your Uncle Harris Nykamp

Dale Hawkins

February 14, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss Our deepest sympathies!
Dale Hawkins and Maura Gough

Tom & Janet Zielaskowski

February 14, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ike. We have such great memories of Ike while building our house with his son Rick. He, as well as his wife and son, gave us our dream home in DeWitt. We will forever be grateful. Your dad's legacy will live on as being a master craftsman with integrity. He will be sorely missed.

Ron & Eileen Lenters

February 13, 2021

Dear Isla & family, we are so sorry for Ivan's passing.
We love you all very much. Ivan was a great brother-in-law,
always kind and fun to be with. We enjoyed being with Ivan,
Isla & family at family gatherings. Ron has great memories of
hunting with Ivan, Rick, Dan, Tim & Grandpa at
Diamond Lake. We cherish special memories of family picnics
at the Holland condo on Lake Mac. We will always cherish Ivan
as a special and dear brother-in-law and he will be greatly
missed. Our love & prayers are with your whole family. God
bless & comfort each one of you. Sincerely, Ron & Eileen Lenters

Bruce and Melanie MILLER

February 12, 2021

So sorry for your loss! Our sincere condolences to your family.

Grace & Dave Kreulen

February 12, 2021

We had the privilege of living in a house built by Ike. Our home at 3651 Duxbury LN was so well designed and built it was a joy to live in and fostered many wonderful family times. Although the house was more than 15 years old at the time, Ike stood behind his work and took care of inevitable issues that arise with homes. He became a friend and took us on his boat to dinner on Lake Macatawa with Isla (our gifted realtor). Faithful friendly consistent crafty Ike. We praise God for the testimony of his life.

Pat and Jeff Cranson

February 11, 2021

We will miss our dear friend Ike but we still have over 30 years of memories with he and Isla. Whether it was sking in Vail, boating in Florida or sharing Isla's gourmet dinners in DeWitt we have so many memories to cherish and hold on to. Ike is up there in the big sky called heaven looking for that Elk he isn't going to shoot anyway. Our love and prayers are with you Isla and your wonderful family.

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Biography

Ivan "Ike" Volkers, age 79, of DeWitt, MI passed away on Feb.10, 2021 at Freedom Village Memory Care in Holland, MI. Ike was a graduate of HCHS. After graduating from Ferris State University with a degree in Environmental Health, Ike worked for the Wayne County Health Department for three years; then retired from the Michigan Department of Public Health after twenty-three years of service. Ike then worked as a custom home builder with his son, Rick, at Volkers Builders. His hobbies included fishing on Lake Michigan and Naples Bay, and elk hunting in Colorado.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Isla; children, Rick (Leigh) Volkers of DeWitt, Stephanie (Jim) McCarthy of Denver / DeWitt; four grandchildren, Josh (Morgan) McCarthy, Adam McCarthy, Gabe (Sarah) Eyde, Olivia (Bryan) McCabe; great-grandchild, Parker McCarthy; siblings, Elaine Dorn, and Janice Voss.

Ike was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Grace Volkers; brothers, Jason, Harvey, Gordon; and sisters, Lois and Vivian.