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


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Service Information

 Robert J. VerStrate
Visitation: Saturday, September 17, from 10 - 11 AM, prior to the service at Good News Baptist Church 
Service:   11 AM, Saturday, September 17, at Good News Baptist Church, 6830 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 49508

Cemetery: Winchester
Memorials: Good News Baptist Church  or Kindred Hospice625 Kenmoor Ave SE #115, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Robert J. VerStrate, of Dutton, MI, formerly of Byron Center, MI, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Thursday, September 8, 2022, one day shy of his 98th birthday.  Bob proudly served in the U.S. Navy on a Patrol Torpedo boat in the South Pacific during World War II.  Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Alice; two daughters, Sharon Lynn Leatherman, Diane Sue Tilma, and an infant son, Danny.  He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his wife of 32 years, Jessie; daughter, Kathy (Aaron) Cichocki; son, Mark VerStrate; sons-in-law, Doug (Darla) Tilma, Ken (Jan) Leatherman, Tony Starling; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-granddaughters; three stepchildren and their spouses; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Lyle VerStrate; sisters, Virginia Quain, Barb (John) Janovetz; sister-in-law, Evelyn Hamstra; many, many nieces and nephews.  The family will greet visitors on Saturday, September 17, from 10 – 11 AM, followed by the funeral service at 11 AM, at Good News Baptist, 6830 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.  Rev. Brian Cederquist and Rev. Terry Frazine will officiate.  Interment will be in Winchester Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good News Baptist Church or Kindred Hospice.

1095 68TH ST SE
# Kim Edema Scherer 2022-09-13 17:41
Mr. VerStrate and his first wife Virginia watched me as a child from about 1 years old until I was about 10. I have very fond memories of Mr. VerStrate; or Grandpa, as I used to call him. I remember him playing with me, listening to stories on records, singing along to cassette tapes, riding on the lawn mower and sledding down the hill in the winter. I still have some of the cassettes he recorded for me. He was a sweet man and would almost always take time to play with me or just sit and watch the birds out the front window. As I got older I didn't need to be taken care of anymore and lost touch with him as life happens. He was sweet enough to come to my wedding 16 years ago and unfortunately, it was the last time I saw him. I will always remember him and my memories of that time with fondness and as my "Grandpa". Such a great soul will be missed. My prayers and thoughts go to the family in this difficult time, but hope the wonderful memories fill you with peace and love.
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