Ronald Gene Van Dyke of Hamilton, passed away at his home on Saturday night January 30, 2021, due to heart issues. He is no longer struggling with his health and he is with the Lord. Ron was born on April 8, 1938 and is the son of Gerrit and Johanna (Roelofs) Van Dyke.
He is preceded in death by his brother Howard Van Dyke, brother in laws Roger Walters, Jerry Hartman, Wayne Brower, Dave Kaechle and a sister in law, Marilyn Kaechle.
Ron is survived by his wife Curlene (Granger) of 57 years, sons Jeffrey, James and his wife Johanna. Grandchildren Ashley, Ryan, Taylor, Emily, Collin, Caleb and Conner Van Dyke. He is survived by his brother Stu and Sharon Van Dyke sisters Marcia and Ken Bradsell, Ardith and Craig Vander Woude and Phyliis Walters.
Ron was a kind and gentle man who loved to help others especially with carpentry projects. He enjoyed sports especially following the Detroit Tigers and local sports star Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings. After graduating from Holland High School, he served as a corporal in the United States Army from 1959 to 1961 as part of the 4th Armored division. After his military service which he thoroughly enjoyed, he spent a long career in Carpentry. starting with Bernie Poll, Barnes Construction and retired from Bouma Construction Company in 2004. He enjoyed spending time with his family and special friends Stu and Shirley Wassink along with his grandchildren. He built a barn where he enjoyed small woodworking projects and listening to Johnny Cash albums.
A memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the American Heart Association.
While visiting Ronald’s tribute page please take the time to light a candle or share a memory. The VanDyke family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 129 South Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. (269) 679-5622.