Robert E. Buurma

May 7, 1929July 29, 2011

Robert E. Buurma (82) of Celeryville, died early Friday morning, July 29, 2011 at his home. He was born May 7, 1929 in Celeryville to the late John and Anna (Trapp) Buurma. Mr. Buurma was a graduate of New Haven High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Buurma was a partner of Buurma Farms where he had served as president. He was also a member of the Willard Christian Reformed Church, serving on church council for many years. Mr. Buurma is survived by his wife Henrietta (Ehlers) Buurma whom he married May 4, 1951. Son: Daniel (Sandra) Buurma of Willard, daughter: Yvonne (William) Faber of Grand Rapids, MI. 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. 2 brothers: James (Kathleen) Buurma of Willard and Richard (Arlene) Buurma of MI. 2 sisters: Dora (Jack) Bloem of MI and Ruth (Erve) Sharpless of FL and one sister-in-law: Jean Scadden of FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson: Brett Robert Buurma, brothers: John Jr. and Frank Buurma and sister: Mary Simerink. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Willard Christian Reformed Church, Celeryville. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, New Haven. Friends may call Sunday 2-5 P.M. at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Willard Christian Reformed Church Building Expansion Fund. The Staff of the Lindsey-Kocher Funeral Service, 323 Myrtle Ave, Willard is in care of the funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


  • Calling Hours Sunday, July 31, 2011
  • Funeral Monday, August 1, 2011

Robert E. Buurma

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Mary Waetjen

August 8, 2011

Dear Hennie, Vonnie and Dan, and all of the family. We are thinking of you all as you mourn the death of your dear husband,father and grandfather. We remember Bob with such joy as his smile and warm, loving personality enveloped us all in such affirmation and graciousness. Always welcoming and always a bearer of God's love in our world. May you experience the comfort of God's peace and grace in this time of sorrow. We are keeping you all in our prayers. With much love from your cousin in California - Mary (Struyk) Waetjen and family

Doug Baker

August 1, 2011

Mrs. Buurma, Dan, Sandy and Family, I'm sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure, and I say pleasure of working for Bob, from time to time, during my many years at Buurma Farms! What a "gentlemen"! God Bless Bob! Doug Baker

erin wright

August 1, 2011

We are sorry for your loss and hope that the coming days and years are filled with memories of your loved one, and that you know how may people's lives he touched.
The family of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks

July 30, 2011

Dear Hennie: My memory of Bob was his absolutely beautiful smile. He was one of my most handsome cousins. It was 13 years ago on July 29th that his Aunt Phoebe (our Mom) died. Our thoughts are with you during this time. Love Helen Struyk Loughrin. (La Mirada, CA)

Skip VanTuinen

July 30, 2011

Aunt Hennie, We have so many wonderful memories of staying with you in Celeryville. In fact I had Gord pick up some of the Dutch cheese that you used to buy at Uncle Nick's store just this week and we remembered eating it with you. We love you and pray that God will surround you with his comfort and peace. We really wanted to come but I'm having trouble regulating meds and changed dosage again yesterday and so we thought it best not to make the trip. Our hearts and thoughts will be with you, Vonnie, Dan and your families. Love,Skip

Jamie Krabill

July 30, 2011

Taking care of Bob when he came to the hospital was an absolute honor and a pleasure! I couldn't think of a nicer man than him or of a nicer woman than as yourself. Please accept my sincere condolences.