Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


Russell Borgman

March 12, 1933October 6, 2019

Russell “Russ” Borgman, 86, passed away at SKLD Nursing Home in Zeeland on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Russ was married to the love of his life Dorothy for 55 years. He worked as a plant manager for Northern Fibre for many years, later as a custodian for West Ottawa Public Schools, and enjoyed traveling and car rides.

Russ was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; siblings Bill, Fred, Pearl, Gerald, Jerry, June, Melvin, Jake, Dale, Gladys and Melva; parents Jacob and Edith Borgman, parents-in-law Marinus and Minnie Rozeboom. He is survived by his children Rick Schaap, Randy and Diane Smith, Jack and Virginia Fischer, Craig and Rose Borgman, Steve and Ruth Borgman, and by 8 grandchildren. Russ is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law Henne and Rudy Kleinheksel, Gert Mokma, Ike and Reka DeJonge, Jim and Mary Rozeboom.

A celebration of his life will by 1-3 pm, Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James Street, Holland. Interment will be at Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Borgman family.


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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Sherry Rose

October 11, 2019

I will miss Russ dearly, he would great me everyday with a smile and he had such a sense of humor and wit. How he loved to go out for breakfast with Rudy and also going out for lunch that was the highlight of his day. He would return back to the Atrium and tell me how wonderful his breakfast and lunch was . Even though he had tough days he still had a smile and you could see the love of Christ in his eyes , He had a humble spirit and want to help others and you could see that in how he treated everyone. Heaven rejoices Russ is HOME.

Jan Allton

October 11, 2019

My Prayers go out to the Family in these Sad Times We Got to know Russ over the past a few years Russ was so much Fun to be around always Smiling and very Happy he will be Missed by so Many Friends Thank You for The Memories & Laughs Russ always in Our Hearts Love You . Jeff & Jan

Cindy Nyhoff

October 10, 2019

I am so grateful to have known Russ. Every visit with him was a delight. The visitation reflected his love for a good visit and good food. My sympathies to all of Russ' loved ones. You are in my prayers. Cindy Nyhoff, Royal Park/Royal Atrium chaplain

Matt Busch

October 7, 2019

My deepest of condolences go out to such a wonderful family and to the loss of a beautiful soul like Grandpa Russ. He will be remembered just as he was; a jovial, social, and loving man.
love, Matt

Audrey Widener

October 7, 2019

Great Bunka Russ was such a kind, wonderful soul who I loved very much. I remember hearing so many stories about his trips to Florida, and it was always such a nice surprise when he came with my Bunka to pick me up from school and we had a chance to catch up. Every time I saw him, he had a smile on his face and had such a joyous energy about him. I will always remember him that way.
love, Audrey

Missy Widener

October 7, 2019

dearest grandpa,
so much love I have for you and the joy you perpetually emitted from your vivacious spirit to all those fortunate enough to be in your presence...
I am so thankful for your laughter that filled every room you walked into, your warm hugs and cheek kisses with your itchy mustache, and our genuine and special conversations we shared, especially our last one this summer.

your life has been a gift to those who have been a part of it and forever will your positive energy, kindness, and goodness spread throughout this earth. thank you, grandpa, for being such an incredible human being...you are an inspiration, my role model, and forever will I carry you in my heart.

"the love you take is equal to the love you make" ~the Beatles
and so much love you filled in your heart and our hearts as well.
love you so much, grandpa
celebrate your life, we always will...

Rick Kimes

October 7, 2019

How do you say goodbye. You simply don’t you just embellish the wonderful time you had together and appreciate the kindness and love that he shared with all. The world would certainly be a better place with more Russ’s in our world. Now heaven has been graced with him. Don’t worry Russ I am sure they will have our exotic food menu in heaven🐜 I will miss you my dear friend.🙏🏻

Rick Kimes

Donna Bastien

October 7, 2019

My Love and Prayers to All the Family. Russ was a Good Friend and Neighbor.He will be missed, Sincerely, Donna Bastien

Kathy Smith

October 7, 2019

He always talked about how lucky he was to have such great kids. Loved to sit and talk to him. He was an amazing man! Praying for your family❤