David Kooistra

April 18, 1943November 13, 2020

Dave Kooistra, age 77, of Grandville, was given his last dispatch November 13, 2020, took the long road, gone to Glory. He has joined his parents Elmer and Leona Kooistra, and brother, Ron Kooistra. Dave’s presence will be missed by his wife of 52 years, Bonnie; daughter and son-in-law Melia and Ron Merrill; grandchildren Loryn and Lance; sisters and brother Sharon (Harlon) Meendering, Jerry (Judy) Kooistra, Rose (Jeff) Karsten, and Margaret “Mike” Kooistra.

His family will be having a family memorial service Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Cook Memorial Chapel. Interment will be at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Dave’s family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at Contributions in memory of Dave may be made to Faith Hospice.



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Randy DeWeerd

November 26, 2020

Our sincere condolences, always was nice to talk to Dave when ushering together. Randy & Deb DeWeerd

Jan Buyert

November 22, 2020

I had the privilege of being Ron Kooistra’s neighbor and shared many a breakfast with Dave and Ron. It always started with prayer and was filled with laughter and wisdom. Dave had a strong faith in God and was a inspiration to me. I patiently wait for the day when I meet them in “tall cotton “

Tom Atwood

November 18, 2020

The first time I met Dave was at a LCC meeting. Dave walked up to me and said hello "Brother". While exchanging pleasantry we realized our Birthdays were in April, on the same day and same year. Dave was born in the afternoon and I was born in the morning. Whenever we met he would always call me his "Big Brother".

Dave will truly be missed, especially on our Birthdays!

Tom and Jackie Atwood

Randy Hartgerink

November 17, 2020

Dear Bonnie, family and friends,
Sorry to hear of the loss of Dave.
Dave was an exceptionally kind and personable guy. He loved his family and many friends and was always there to help.
Dave had a very strong faith and now can enjoy eternal life.
Randy Hartgerink

Cora Marques

November 17, 2020

We met Dave and Bonnie through the LCC.
Our love of corvettes brought us together. But Daves and Bonnie friendship was the most important part. We went for cruises together, and you better keep up. We had such good times. Dave was an awesome guy. He will be missed terribly. God speed Dave.
Your friends
Rick & Cora

howard kooistra

November 16, 2020

We Kooistras lost more than a cousin, we lost a good friend. Dave and Bonnie made many trips to Iowa for the cousins reunions. I always enjoyed swapping trucking stories with Dave. As the old saying goes
Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down , but that was never a problem for Dave. We will miss Dave but we have assurance that we will meet again . Prayers for you Bonnie and all the family. God bless.

Linda Merrill

November 16, 2020

Sending big hugs to Bonnie, Melia, Ron, Loryn and Lance. I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to get to know Dave and spend a lovely Christmas with he and Bonnie a few years back in Sunset Beach. We had a wonderful time and the memories will be with us always. Rest in Peace Dave! Linda and Joe

Doug Boock

November 16, 2020

It was a privilege to know Dave. He was one of the most engaging and sociable people I'd met since moving to Michigan three years ago. He's the only person I know who was in three coffee groups at one time, and thoroughly enjoyed conversation and a good story.

Dave was simple and down to earth, which was admirable to me. I always enjoyed sharing stories from our farming days in our earlier years, him in Iowa and me in western Illinois. We enjoyed discussing John Deere tractors, too.

I am so glad that Dave welcomed me into his back yard the day I met him. I was wearing a tie and canvassing the neighborhood, something most us don't like to have interrupt our days, including me. But he shut off his mower and engaged me in conversation, eventually taking a chance on me as a professional caretaker for him. But I was the real beneficiary - I got a lot more out of our relationship than he did.

And as many of you likely know, Dave was who he was largely because he married who he did. Bonnie is a peach - a wonderful support and helper to Dave. My respect and appreciation for her continue.

Doug Zondervan

November 16, 2020

Dave will be missed by all of us at RBG. Very happy and friendly Christian man. Praying for you.

Ardyce Bandstra

November 15, 2020

I will always cherish my memories of Dave. I was so touched by the fact that he visited John a couple of times before he passed away May God hold you close and give you a sense of comfort and peace in the coming days


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