James Visser

February 7, 1955May 14, 2019

James J. Visser, 64, was born on February 7, 1955 in Grand Rapids, MI. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, at his home in Holland, MI on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. He was a Holland Christian graduate, Class of ’73. He attended several post secondary schools, but his passion was always for the Michigan State Spartans.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 43 years, Michelle, and his daughters Kate Haverdink (Brant) and Liza Van Buren (Matt). He adored his grandchildren Bennett, Anne, and Brooks Haverdink as well as Mason and Dylann Van Buren. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Shirley Macqueen, as well as his siblings Vondalee Knoll (Harold), Timothy Visser (Marcia), Dave Macqueen (Mary), Kim TerVree (Mike), Greg Macqueen, Jeff Macqueen (Maureen), Todd Macqueen (Kelley), Troy Macqueen (Robin). He also leaves behind many dearly loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents George and LaVonne Visser and his father-in-law John Macqueen.

Early in life, Jim had a passion for downhill skiing, soccer, and hiking. His lifelong passions included fishing, boating, classic rock music, and traveling. He was an advocate for environmental issues and had a special interest in renewable energy.

Jim was an incredibly talented problem solver and was always willing to share the wisdom he had gained throughout his vast array of experiences in life. Jim lived with a truly positive attitude and genuine spirit that lifted up so many. He was also extremely proud of his extended and fun-loving family.

There will be a visitation at Lakeshore Memorial Services in Holland on Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00-8:30 pm. A memorial service will be held at Camp Blodgett on Thursday, June 6 at 3:00 pm. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to West Michigan Environmental Action Council.


22 May

Memorial Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street
Holland, Michigan


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Marla (Ribbens) Hoving

May 20, 2019

Very sad to hear of Jim’s passing! We were good friends in high school , being in choir and Madrigals together. And yes, he was always a cheerful and kind person! I will pray for his family, that they may be surrounded by Gods loving arms at this difficult time! God bless you all!

Paul & Barb Knoll

May 16, 2019

Dear Vondalee, Dear Tim,
Words cannot say enough to take away the loss of a brother in your lives.
May you both know we can also feel the pain you must be going through.
Jim was so steady appearing.
May you both find comfort in his relief from his enduring cancer struggle.
Finally, may you both find your strength to continue in your family roles.
Yours, Paul & Barb