January 7, 1933 – November 25, 2018
Jerry Kruithof, born January 7, 1933, passed away at home on Sunday, November 25, 2018 after a short battle with cancer. Jerry loved the Lord, his family, many friends, and the body of Christ.
Jerry was born to Gerrit Kruithof and Hattie (Dozeman) Kruithof. He graduated from Holland High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1955, he married Lucille Vanden Bosch. He retired from Fris Office Outfitters in 1998.
Jerry enjoyed fishing since he was a small child. If the fish were biting, he caught them. He enjoyed traveling with Lucille, who owned Lucille’s Motor Coach Tours.
He was a former member of Bethel Reformed Church in Holland until they closed. He is a member of Trinity Reformed Church in Holland. He was active in church his entire life, serving as Vice President of Consistory, Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Catechism Teacher, Youth Leader, Choir Member, and numerous committees including Classis and General Synod.
Preceding him in death were his parents, sisters and brother-in-law, Verna (Gordon) Ryzenga, Edith (Bern) Berghorst, and Amy (Don) Strabbing; son-in-law Lloyd DeKoster; parents-in-law, Lewis and Ann Vanden Bosch; brother-in-law Art Barkel; twin great granddaughters, Maya and Leah Vander Kooi.
He is survived by his wife Lucille of 63 years; children Deb (Jack) Bosch, Diane (Denny) Vander Kooi, Dan Kruithof, Dawn (Michael) Payne, and Dean Kruithof; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis Barkel, Bob (Shirley) Vanden Bosch, Barb (Cal) Janssen.
Funeral services with military honors will be 11:00am Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Trinity Reformed Church, 712 Apple Ave., Holland. Rev. Deb Yurk will officiate. Committal service will be held at the church with a lunch to follow.
Visitation will be from 4-7:00pm Wednesday, November 28 at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St., Holland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Reformed Church Adult Ministries or to Spectrum Health Hospice.
Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Kruithof family.
- Spectrum Health Hospice
- Trinity Reformed Church Adult Ministries
- Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
David D. Williams
November 28, 2018
It was an Honor and a Pleasure to work along side Jerry at Fris Office Outfitters River Avenue Store from 1986 to 1992! Before that, I had worked at a Staff Announcer/Host at WHTC Radio from 1978, right up until taking a Sales Position at Fris. Jerry asked me so much about my having been on the radio. Jerry had a genuine gift for listening, teaching, and unconditionally giving of himself and his time to help anyone. Customers and Fellow Employees alike would run to Jerry in that store because he had ALL the answers, all of the time! He was a very, very special Man!
David D. Williams
November 27, 2018
I first met Jerry at a funeral for one of my great grandparents, I don’t recall which one since it was so long ago. My late mother, Marjorie Hoeve Anderson and Jerry were cousins. My great Aunt Edna Kruithof was a wonderful story teller of the days growing up in the country. I am sad he is no longer here on earth but rejoice that he is now in heaven free of pain! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the days ahead.