Robert “Bob” Kuiper, of Portage, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the age of 87. Bob was born on May 21, 1933 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was the son of Henry and Christina (Nederhoed) Kuiper. Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Kuiper; children, Rev. Deb (Patrick) Yurk, Bob (Linda) Kuiper, Scott (Ann) Kuiper, and Pam (John) Mattison-Kramer; grandchildren, Dr. Brian (Michelle) Yurk, Bobbie Kuiper, Rev. Kevin (Rachel) Yurk, Stephen (Ashley) Yurk, Sally Silveira and Raj Warpehoski, Nora (Candace Rowell) Kuiper, Ben Kuiper, Meghan (Matt) Johnson, Emily (David) VanDeraa, Jenna Mattison, Michael Mattison, and Mallory Mattison; honorary daughter, Joni Stimson and granddaughter Hannah Stimson; 13 great grandchildren; sister in law, Wilma Kuiper; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents and his siblings; Kathrine, Hank, Neil, and Anna Mae. Bob is a long-time member of Trinity Reformed Church and a Korean War Veteran. He will always be remembered for his laughter. He was honored to fly with Talon’s Out Honor Flight. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. A private family service will be held in the future.
The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Ln, Portage MI 49002. (269) 679-5622. www.avinkcreation.com.