Roger William VanKuiken

September 28, 1927October 11, 2012

Roger W. VanKuiken Okemos, Michigan

At age 85, Roger went home to be with the Lord on October 11. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 62 years, Roberta; daughters Diane (Jonathan) Perry, Brenda (John) Stock and Deb VanKuiken; grandchildren Matthew (Jennifer) Perry, Rachel (Reuben) Levinsohn, Sarah (Garth) Nichols, Elizabeth (Keith) Ivkovich, Christiana Perry, Jeremy Stock and April (Chris) Whitlock; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Roger served in the US Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines. His career at General Motors began in 1947 and he retired 42 years later as a General Supervisor in the Tool & Die Division. Roger was an active member at Colonial Village Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for over 40 years. Roger was an outstanding craftsman and woodworking was his passion. Roberta would like to thank all the wonderful nurses who cared for Roger during his many years of dialysis.

A Funeral Service will be held Monday, October 15, 1:00 p.m. at Colonial Village Baptist Church, 2010 Boston Blvd., Lansing. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lansing City Rescue Mission, 607 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Sunday, October 14, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, October 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 15, 2012

Roger William VanKuiken

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October 19, 2012

Bert I am sorry for your loss. Rog and I spent much time together when we were young. I will always remember him as my hero. He was a great man. My sympathy also to the rest of his family. Cousin Ray

Mary (Conn) Ring

October 16, 2012

Roberta I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man.

John&Maryann Copley

October 15, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to entire VanKuiken family. Deb we are sorry for your loss.

October 14, 2012

Deb and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My heartfelft condolences to all of you.
Priscilla Dillow, Plainfield, Indiana

October 13, 2012

To the Van Kuiken family, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult
time. Sincerely, Suzanne and Denny Grove (Nemeth)

Barb Suska

October 13, 2012

To the Van Kuiken family I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.