Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


Chester "Chet" Kalkman

August 31, 1930November 1, 2019
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Chester “Chet” Dale Kalkman, 89, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Friday, November 1, 2019, in Holland, Michigan. Chet was born in August of 1930 to Cornelius and Marguerite Kalkman in Holland. He attended Holland Christian High School, served in the Korean conflict, and worked at Neil & Al Construction and Kalkman Redi-Mix. Chet was preceded in death by granddaughter Lindsey Jo Kalkman. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ardith (Poll) Kalkman, children Steve and Pam Kalkman, Deb and Mike Bakker, Pam and Steve Crumb, grandchildren Chad and Tressa Kalkman, Heather Slenk, Val and Andy Bush, Patrick and Sara Crumb, Jessica Crumb and fiancé Devin Manino, and 9 great-grandchildren. Chet's surviving siblings are Marge Altena, Paul and Linda Kalkman, Dave and Sue Kalkman, in-laws Mary Kalkman, Jack Poll, Dale and Thelma Brower, and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life with military honors will be 11 am, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Calvary on 8th in Holland. Visitation will be 4-7 pm Tuesday, November 5, at the church. Memorial contributions in honor of Chet may be made to Hospice of Holland. Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Kalkman family.


  • Chad Kalkman
  • Heather Slenk
  • Val Bush
  • Andy Bush
  • Patrick Crumb
  • Jessica Crumb



  • Visitation Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, November 6, 2019


  • Burial


Chester "Chet" Kalkman

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Brian and Angie Bartos

November 6, 2019

Our condolences to the Kalkman Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Praise to God our Father for the gift of Mr. Kalkman's life, the impact he made and the blessing he was to so many. Prayers for the family during this time of loss, that the Lord surround you all with his comfort and peace and that your beautiful memories will bring you joy in the days to come.

Bruce Tyler

November 5, 2019

Sending my heartfelt condolences to the Kalkman Family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I will never forget Chet. I learned so much from him and enjoyed working for him as he was my Maintenance Superintendent while working for Port City Redi Mix, a redi mix plant he built and maintained. For me, he will not be forgotten.
Wishing Chet's Family prayers and blessings during this difficult time.

David & Sue Kalkman

November 5, 2019

Praying for you. Memories are gifts our hearts receive to bring gentle comfort. We have so many of Chet as brother and
brother in law. His laugh, his teasing, spending time together as
a famiy, sharing many thanksgiving dinners, family get togethers, Friday nights at Mom and Dads. So many thingsover the years that are precious to look back on. We are asking God to enfold you in His faithful love and comfort you with many cherished memories. Wish we could be with you.
David and Sue Kalkman

Donna Tuls-Skiles

November 2, 2019

Dear Family, so sorry to read of the passing of Chet. What a wonderful man. Always enjoyed our chats. Have known the Kalkman family forever. My prayer for all is that you may literally feel Gods loving arms around you at this difficult time.

Jim & Theresa Geuder

November 2, 2019

To the Kalkman, Crumb, Bakker, Bush, & Manino Families, Jim & I are so sorry for the loss of your Dad/Grandpa. He was truly one of a kind <3. He was a man of character & integrity. It was an honor to know him. We will be keeping all of you in our daily prayers.