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Ronald Gene Van DykeRonald 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.
Uncle Ron was a kind man who was very proud of his family and heritage. He was patient playing cards and always cracked us up with his "just as good as" when ready to finish a hand in Dummy Rummy. We enjoyed a wonderful vacation in Hawaii where we hiked and played games; his several trips to Oregon were full of cards and adventure. He loved our trip to the historic steam-powered sawmill complex of the Hull-Oakes Lumber Company. He was a welcome calm in the sometimes chaotic life of extended family. My entire family treasured Ron and he will be sorely missed.
Lisa Ullmer Feb 5 2021 12:03 PM
Mr. Van Dyke was a role model to many of us. He was so kind and caring and had a great sense of humor and certainly had patience for his two sons when their crazy friends were around. He was a first ballot Bandit softball team Hall of Famer and he made wherever he was a better place. It was a privilege to get to know the whole family and soak in what it takes to be a great dad and friend. Much love to family and friends during this difficult time.
Todd Sutton Feb 4 2021 4:47 PM
Ron was such a good father and grandfather. When we were younger, he would make sure the pool was clean and pitch us batting practice for softball. He would sacrifice his time for his great boys, but also for all of us in the neighborhood. Just a rock solid mentor and father figure for all of us!
Reed Sutton Feb 4 2021 11:30 AM
Very Nice Tribute For A Wonderful Man.
Joanna Van Dyke Feb 3 2021 3:52 PM
I have many special memories of my Uncle Ron from a youngster until now. He was a family man and true to his own values. He always carried a smile for everyone and lended a helping hand when needed. He will be missed by many.
Rebecca Plutino Feb 3 2021 9:49 AM