Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


Robert Jay Groteler

January 16, 1944October 4, 2019

Robert Jay Groteler, 75, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019 surrounded by his family.

He was born on January 16, 1944 to Melvin and Marian Groteler. He attended Fellowship Reformed Church and was a former member of the Bethel Reformed Church. He always said he lived a “Blessed Life” because he was involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed being outdoors, grilling, gardening, and fishing, loved being a “swim taxi,” and was known by the West Ottawa Swim Team as “Grandpa Bob.”

He is survived by his wife, Lois; Daughter Kris and Tom Kamper; Son Robert and Kelly Groteler; His four granddaughters Emily and Hannah Kamper and Haley and Sydney Groteler. He was preceded in death by his daughter Marci Groteler, his parents Melvin and Marian, and his in-laws the Rev. John and Jeanette Van Harn.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10:30am at Fellowship Reformed Church, 2165 W. Lakewood Boulevard in Holland. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00am. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for children with cancer, at www.stjude.org.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 12, 2019


Robert Jay Groteler

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Diane Van Wieren

October 11, 2019

Halloween, tractor with Bob driving pulling wagon with a bunch of kids trick or treating. He was a great guy who loved his kids and granddaughters and everyone. Will be missed.


October 10, 2019

Bob was one of the best custodians I ever worked with at Holland Public Schools. He had such a positive spirit and was an encourager to all. Our sympathy to the entire family.

Jamie Muller

October 9, 2019

I was so shocked and sorry to hear the news of Mr Groteler’s passing. I have such wonderful memories growing up of him and the entire Groteler family. I remember him as kind and welcoming and always had a smile for everyone. I am holding you all close in my thoughts and prayers!

With deepest sympathy,


linda rycenga

October 9, 2019

Lois, Kris & family,
We want you to know that we’re thinking of and praying for you all. Praying for the peace and comfort that only God can provide.
Hugs and Love,
Linda Rycenga and family

Andrea Pinner

October 9, 2019

Many years ago probably in the early 1990’s I was working as a DARE Officer in Holland East School.
This was when I had the pleasure of meeting and working alongside Bob!
He was always around when I needed him!
He always had my back! It was always great talking to him and every time I ran Into him at a pool while he was cheering on his grandkids, he was so happy! Heaven gained a True Angel!❤️

Monique Finnestad

October 8, 2019

Swimming at the Groteler pool when all the kids were little and always feeling so welcome by Bob and Lois. His kindness truly came through in everything he did. He had big hugs to give and a smile to share with a laugh at all times.

The Finnestad’s are sending so much love your way and praying for comfort for you all.

Troy Monique
Mia and Anna