Donald Lavern Vis

May 19, 1931August 8, 2017
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Donald Laverne Vis age 86, of Comstock Park, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in the comfort of his home and in the company of his family. He was born in Grand Rapids in the Spring of 1931 to the late Stanley and Effie Vis. Along with his parents, Don is preceded in death by his infant daughter Debra Lea and infant granddaughter Katherine Alice. He will be missed by his beloved wife of 60 years, Alice Lorraine [Baker] and their children Dawn (Gary) Vandentoorn, Laura (Robert) VanderPloeg and David (Betsy [Lobdell]) Vis as well as by his grandsons Matthew and Lucas Bailey. Also surviving are his sisters Arline Lewitt and Shirley Geib. Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a dedicated employee for many years at Link, Inc. until his retirement in 1993. Don loved spending time with his family. He will be fondly remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Please join Don's family for celebration gathering on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 6-8 pm at Reyers North Valley Chapel.


  • Celebration Gathering Monday, August 14, 2017

Donald Lavern Vis

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Cindy Bourdon (Graves)

August 18, 2017

Dawn, I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your father. I have so many great memories growing up with you and your family during our younger years. Many thoughts and prayers for you and your family, during this time of healing.

August 16, 2017

Our sympathy to Alice and your family. We appreciated the years we attended Oakview Church with you. Blessings, Tim and Marilynn Hoebeke

Sally Graverson

August 15, 2017

So wanted to be with you tonight, Eddie fell ill this afternoon and went to bed at 2:30 pm.
I was with you Alice when you met Don, one of the few spectacular things I got to participate in. Turned out so beautifully! I so wanted to be with you as you said goodbye, but alas. My heart and spirit are with you Alice and Dawn, Laura and David. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Ken Bailey

August 14, 2017

My deepest sympathies to all of you in the family. I loved this wonderful man. He truly was a great guy.

Steve Williams

August 14, 2017

My condolences go out to all of the Vis family. Don was my first boss and he left a lasting impression on me. I will always remember his hand shake!! RIP

Patricia Murphy

August 13, 2017

I am so very sorry, Alice, that you and the family have lost this lovely man. He will be greatly missed by everyone. Although he 'never knew me', I knew him enough to know he was a dear, lovable man with a great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers for comfort are with you all.

Cindy Ayala

August 11, 2017

Alice, I'm so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in NY thoughts and prayers.

Joan Brink

August 11, 2017

So sorry for your loss, my love and support coming your way.

Jerry Kozminski

August 11, 2017

Don and I worked together at Link for 36 years and we became very close. He had many friends and had a kind word for every one. Many great memories of Don will last forever.

Brian Bittenbender

August 11, 2017

Don, I enjoyed working with you at Link. You could always bring a laugh to us all. RIP.