Cover photo for Jerry Kuiper's Obituary
Jerry Kuiper Profile Photo

Jerry Kuiper

October 6, 1923 — September 8, 2023

Portage, MI

Jerry Kuiper

Jerry Kuiper went home to be with the Lord on September 8, 2023, at the age of 99. He was the son of Henry and Antje (Sportel) Kuiper and had 14 siblings. Jerry was born in Portage, MI on October 6, 1923, and had lived there for most of his life. Jerry was a World War II veteran. He retired from Eaton Corporation in Kalamazoo, MI after 53 years.

Jerry married Justine Coughlin and they had 3 children together: Randy Kuiper, Roger Kuiper, and Sharon (Dale) Rinehart. Jerry loved music. He and Justine would play music together. Jerry played the auto harp, she played guitar. They sang well together, traveled all over, and people loved them. Justine passed away on September 10, 2012, at the age of 90.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jean Kuiper. A memorial service for Jerry will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at the Faith Fellowship Church, 44 VW Avenue W, Schoolcraft, MI 49087.

While visiting Jerry’s webpage at please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with his family. The Kuiper family is being assisted by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. (269) 679-5622

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Jerry Kuiper, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 353

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree