Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 



Service Information

Gordon Ludema
Visitation: Friday, February 25, from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th St. SE
Service: 10:00 am Saturday, February 26, at Brookside CRC, 3600 Kalamazoo Ave. SE

Cemetery: Ft. Custer National Cemetery
Memorials: South Christian High School, 7979 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Byron Center, MI 4931
or VanAndel Institute,216 Division Ave N, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 Gordon Arthur Ludema

After an excellent life on earth, Gord entered heaven’s glory on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. His heart ran out of beats after 92 remarkably healthy years of living and serving others. Gord was born in a farmhouse in Dorr, MI on October 30, 1929. As a boy he worked on the farm, sold celery, was a horse whisperer, and drove the Model T Ford to school at age 12. The family moved to Coopersville during his high school years where he played football, worked 2 jobs and gave rides on his motorcycle. In 1948, Gord enlisted in the Air Force and served 4 years, stationed in both Japan and South Korea. His duties were extended for good behavior and he tallied 104 missions in the Korean War. On a blind date, Gord met the love of his life and married Lillian on April 1, 1955. They settled in Battle Creek and raised 3 children, while Gord worked mainly buying and selling vehicles and motorhomes. He served as an elder and the building committee at the CRC church where they made many dear friends and hosted potluck parties. Gord and Lill returned to GR in 2000 to be closer to their 10 grandchildren, watching their school and sporting events. Gord continued working as a car buying agent, retiring at the age of 90. He loved using his natural gift of handyman, helping family and friends with their cars and houses. This went along with his excellent attitude and interest in talking with everyone. He always had the best stories! Gord was preceded in death by parents Otto and Johanna, wife of 65 years Lillie Mae, forever pal brother Ken and beloved brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Cherishing his memory are children Gary (Vicky) Ludema, Laura (Dale) Potter and Linda (David) Spencer; grandchildren Alyssa (Chris) Nance, Geoff (Kristen) Ludema, Greg Ludema, Grant Ludema; Audrey Potter (Joe Martinez), Michael (Lauren) Potter, Amanda Potter; Jenna Spencer, Luke (Cassie) Spencer, and Jack Spencer; adored great grandchildren Beckham and Declan and two arriving in May; his siblings Jo Ludema, Bob and Hazel Ludema, Joyce and Fred DeJong, Carole Neymeiyer, Cal and Jen Ludema; and many more wonderful family and friends. There will be a visitation on Friday, February 25 from 5:30-8:30pm at Stroo Funeral Home 1095 68th St. S.E. Gord’s pastor, Paul DeVries will officiate a memorial service on Saturday, February 26 at Brookside CRC, 3600 Kalamazoo Ave. S.E. at 10:00am followed by coffee time. Donations can be made to South Christian High School or VanAndel Institute.

1095 68TH ST SE
# Bill Meyer, Jr. 2022-02-26 22:15
My brother's and sister are sorry to hear of Gord's passing. My Dad (Bill , Sr. )always spoke highly of Gord and their youth.
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