OBITUARY

John A. Buursma

June 1, 1930January 9, 2021

John A. Buursma, on January 9, received the promised crown of righteousness having finished his race of 90 years, keeping his faith in Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. We give thanks to God for creating John with a tender, although fragile heart, a humble spirit, and a deep love for God, church and family. John was loyal, loving of his wife, Barb of 67 years, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. John held tightly to relationships and his deep fondness of Friesland, shuffleboard, and cars. His loyalty came with generosity. He willingly gave of his time and resources to benefit others. We give thanks to God for his many acts of kindness.

John’s wife, Barbara, his children, Sue and Dick Landman, Kathy and Greg Door, and Randy and Debra Buursma, and John’s brother, Andy and Pat Buursma, and Barbara’s siblings Wilbert Wichers, Theresa Wiltjer, and Bernie and Lynne Wiegers will miss him deeply. John was blessed with grandchildren, Renee Wagenaar, Tom Wagenaar, Dan and Rachel Door, Jenelle and Jake Vlietstra, Nathan and Jackie Door, Ben and Becky Buursma, Derek and Deqa Elmi-Buursma, and Erica and Josh Klenz and 9 great grandchildren who provided so much joy throughout John’s life, especially in the last few years when physical limitations intensified. John is preceded in death by siblings Reverend William & Althea Buursma, Florence and Simon VanderKooy, and Kathy and Ken Lambers.

Visitation with the family will occur on Wednesday, January 13, from 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm at Providence Church. A memorial service celebrating God’s faithfulness in John’s life will commence at 2:00 pm. The family requests that masks and social distancing be observed. Memorial gifts may be sent to Holland Christian Schools.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

Memories

John A. Buursma

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Don and Dorothy Huizinga

January 13, 2021

John was a wonderful person who showed Christ's love to all he met. The world will be a poorer place without him. In spite of all the pain he suffered , he always had a smile and was thinking of how he could help someone else. We will never forget the love and care that Barb and John showed to us after an accident. They were truly angels and took care of us when we needed it. We grieve along with Barb and family.

Max Lokers

January 13, 2021

I will miss that special twinkle in the eye John always had each time I talked with him. I always admired his jovial and welcoming demeanor. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

shirley bruursema

January 12, 2021

Dear Barbara and family, Thinking of all of you as you lay to rest
your beloved John as I did my Hubby four months ago. In the thirty plus years I knew John His smile, kindness, and Friendship meant so much to me. Due to some health issues I will not be able to attend but will be there in spirit. Virtual Hugs to all of you;

Luanne Scholten (Holtvluwer)

January 12, 2021

Dear Andy and Patty; Greg and Kathy and families: So very sorry for your loss of your brother and father. I remember him , from Upper Silver Lake as neighbors. My husband Harm passed away 15 months ago, I'm in FL now . God's comfort to you all . Luanne Scholten, Port Charlotte

Betty Kingma

January 12, 2021

Dear Barbara, Sue, Kathy, Randy, & brother Andy,
Thinking of all of you today as you are sadden in the death of
John. He was such a special man; whenever I met him, he shown with kindness and love through his smile.
With regret I am unable to attend the service on Wednesday; however, my thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow.
Betty Kingma

Bruce Buursma

January 11, 2021

Judy and I send our condolences to Aunt Barb and all of the family. Uncle John was a much beloved patriarch of our tribe and his kind spirit and generosity will long be remembered. We are sorry to be so far away at our winter home in southern Arizona but send our best wishes and prayers for a meaningful memorial on Wednesday at the church he served so well. Grace and peace to you all.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY