Ken N. DeWeerd

October 8, 1929August 12, 2020

Kenneth “Doc” DeWeerd, age 90 of Wayland, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. He was preceded in death by parents Marion and Margaret DeWeerd; brother, Hugh DeWeerd; and sister, Melanee Kahlor. He is survived by his children Ken DeWeerd, Marijane DeWeerd, Wayne DeWeerd, Nicholas DeWeerd and Ashley (Bob) Swainston; grandchildren Nicholas Oglesbee, Lindsay (William) Beattie, Tyler DeWeerd, Trevor DeWeerd, Kaiden DeWeerd, Gavin DeWeerd, Carson DeWeerd, Dane Swainston, Kendal Swainston; great-grandchildren Landon and Nolan Beattie; sister, Lorraine (David) Hammond; several nieces, nephews, extended family, and many friends.  

Doc was an icon in the Wayland community - providing his veterinarian services for over 55 years. Stories shared of how Doc saved their family’s animal, be it big or small, were shared many times with his children. His career took up most of Ken’s time but in his free time he enjoyed horses, Dixieland music, and a good scotch.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the many friends at the Auction House Café and all of the caregivers who helped Ken in his final years.

A memorial service to celebrate Ken’s life will be held when the current Covid-19 concerns are over.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Edge AFC - a community placement home for severely developmentally disabled women - where Marijane resides: P.O. Box 377, Plainwell, MI 49080.

The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guest book at


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Nancy Elders Cardiff

August 15, 2020

I will always remember how Doc took care of our Emu’s years ago. He was a good friend and will be missed. Rest In Peace Doc...

Jennifer Howard

August 14, 2020

My dad and I used to bring all of our animals to see Dr. DeWeerd when I was a kid. I remember thinking he was Santa with his awesome beard! He was a great guy and he will be missed by all! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Jessica Medemar

August 14, 2020

My cat had injured a wild baby bunny. I was 16 at the time. I took the bunny to him and he gave it some antibiotics and looked the bunny over and sent me home with no charge at all. As far as I know the bunny lived happily in the wild. Dr. DeWeerd was such a kind man.

LindaCarol Ertle

August 14, 2020

We bought 2 llamas, and one of them got sick. We called Doc to come over and see about it.  At first, he just stood and looked at it.  I asked him what was wrong, and he kind of chuckled and said very calmly, "I have never worked with one of these things!" I just looked at him.  I thought Doc was Born having worked on Everything!!!! He was my hero after having worked on, and saved so many of our animals. We just looked at each other, and laughed. Then, he said it was probably just like a horse, so he proceeded to work on the llama. Sure enough, he brought it around.  I loved Doc!  He was the Best!!  And I am sure he is playing with and hugging on all the critters that have gone before us!!!  Rest in Peace, Doc!  No one has earned it like you have!!    ❤️🐶🐴🐑🐮🐰


August 14, 2020

Ashley,... you are so special. I remember meeting you at his office and thinking what a pretty daughter he had. Then as time went on and I saw you in different roles I realized you are a very special lady. You took such good care of him and he was so blessed to have you! Nothing against anybody else that might be reading this but I don't know those people. I love Doc to pieces and count myself lucky to have had his help in so many sticky animal situations. I am hugging you sweet lady and am here for you if there is anything I can do to support you. 

Doreen Paul

August 14, 2020

I will always remember his great sense of humor and kindness. I worked with Doc in Wayland as a vet tech. Enjoyed the time I had with him.

Jill Anderson

August 14, 2020

Can you imagine Ken in tap shoes? Me neither, but when his daughter, Ashley was taking dance from me, he called and ask me to order tap shoes in his size so he could dance along with her. I always knew the vet side of Ken when he treated our dairy herd issues and got such joy seeing the love of a “daddy”. Another occasion when my sons gerbil broke his leg in his Excercise ball and hurried to Kens office at closing time. He had to check his manual on how much anesthesia to give “PeeWee” who was the size of a mouse. He carefully put a cast on his tiny leg and sent us on our way. He probably knew the lil varmint would chew it off an hour later 🤣. Such a dear man, God Rest his Soul✝️

Kathie Stein

August 13, 2020

Oh Ken, Wayne and Marijane! I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was awesome. Hugs!


August 13, 2020

I remember my now 37 year old son was 4 at the time running into to him a Harding’s one summer day and he screamed with excitement that Santa was shopping he told my son be good for your mom and my son saying I will gods speed

Debra Grimm

August 13, 2020

Doc was my first experience knowing a Vet. I know of at least 6 fur babies that he took care of and in doing that became a true hero to me. He was a wonderfully modest man who made a huge difference for our community through the years. Bless your heart doc! We’re going to miss you!


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