Grotenhuis, Dale "Jack"

GROTENHUIS:  Dale (Jack) Grotenhuis, age 80, of Jenison, MI entered his heavenly home on  Friday, August 17, 2012, following a bout with pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer.  He was preceded in death by his son, Jack Michael, in 1983 at the age of 27.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor (Veldman); children: Bob Grotenhuis of Kalamazoo, MI, Rev. Phil (Joy) Grotenhuis of Phoenix, AZ, Tom Grotenhuis of Holland, MI; four grandchildren:  Erin (Jason) Furman, Jonathan, Aria and Brielle Grotenhuis; sister:  Mary Ann Grotenhuis; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jim (Gracia) Veldman, Laurie (Ellis, deceased) Deters, Everett (Joanne) Veldman, Dan Veldman, Rick Veldman.  Dale taught vocal and instrumental music at Lynden, WA Christian High School, Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, MI.  He was chairman of the music department at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, where he taught music courses and directed the choirs and band.  Dale retired in 1994 after 35 years at the college.  Dale directed numerous festival, community and church choirs both in Iowa and Grand Rapids area, most recently at Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church in Jenison.  He was an active composer of choral music with more than 300 pieces published.  A memorial service will be held on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Cornerstone United Reformed Church, 6442 36th Ave, Hudsonville, MI, with Rev. Phil Vos officiating.  Visitation will be at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Drive, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Private interment at Winchester Cemetery, Byron Center, MI.  Memorial contributions to Dordt College Music Department, or Sunset Manor Benevolent Fund in Jenison, MI would be appreciated.


Dale "Jack" Grotenhuis August 20, 2012
I so appreciated singing for him in Ridgewood's choir. I had the utmost respect for his talent and genius as a composer. Our loss is certainly Heavens gain. May God bless your family in your time of grief.
As a new member of the Dordt College family, I respect and appreciate the strong legacy Prof. Grotenhuis has left. Our prayers are with the Grotenhuis family.
Eleanor, Oh, how we loved Mr. G. May you rest knowing he is joining the heavenly choir! Thank you for all the precious memories!
Jim and Winnie Petersen
I am so sad to hear of Mr. Grotenhuis' illness and death! He was one of the professors who influenced me the most during my Dordt days. He taught me of praise in sorrow, greatness and weakness, strength in brokeness, and above all, how to praise the Lord
in song in a most excellent way. My condolences to his family.
Christina (Breems) Vander Pol
What a legacy Mr. G left on many stude nts and adults alike. He was an amazing man! God bless and keep you Grotenhuis family! Carmen (Dahlenburg) Dougherty
Eleanor and family - my sympathy to you. I appreciated Mr. G for his passion for singing praises to God and instilling that into my life. I also appreciated the fact that when I preached one time at Jamestown CRC, he came to hear me. It meant a lot that
Mr. G would come and support one of his former students. Thanks be to God for his life.

Mark Vande Zande
Our sympathy to you Eleanor, Bob, Phil, Tom, Jon -- and all the family. Not many people have had as wisde an impact as did your husband, father, and grandfather. I grew up having my love of music nurtured with the sounds of the Calvin's Alma Mater (and
especially the Calvinite March with herald trumpets on the trio!) and was later imbued deeply with the Dordt College Alma Mater. It's not often that one has the privilege of knowing the person who originated not only your undergraduate "Alma Mater" but also
gave birth to the theme song that echoes through every festivity at your adopted college. I was truly blessed to know him and privileged to hear so many testimonies over the years of the blessings others received through his gifts of music. Now during your
time of sorrow, may you all find peace in our Risen Lord and in the remembrance of Dale's legacy.
Carl E. Zylstra
Mrs. G, (Bob, Phil and Tom, too) -- I was saddened to hear of Mr. G.'s death ... somehow I believed he'd continue on composing, directing and inspiring the love of music in others forever. He will be sorely missed by the many folks whose lives he touched
and blessed over the years ... please know that we grieve with you, all the while giving thanks to God for his gifts, his legacy and his God-glorifying life. May God's presence and comfort surround you all.
Jan (Dockter) VanKooten
Mrs. G, (Bob, Phil and Tom, too) -- I was saddened to hear of Mr. G.'s death ... somehow I believed he'd continue on composing, directing and inspiring the love of music in others forever. He will be sorely missed by the many folks whose lives he touched
and blessed over the years ... please know that we grieve with you, all the while giving thanks to God for his gifts, his legacy and his God-glorifying life. May God's presence and comfort surround you all.
Jan (Dockter) VanKooten
We express our deep sympathy to you Mrs. G and family, Our love goes out to you
Gaylin and Cobie DenOuden
Sympathies to you Mrs. G and your family. You have been and are in our prayers. We praise God with you for the life of Mr G. He praised and glorified God through music in so many ways. Memories of choir tours come to my mind often--what fun we had. Oh,
what the singing must be like in Heaven~love and prayers.
Kim (Kooi) and David Hubers
Mrs. G, Bob, Phil, Joy, Tom and families: Our sympathies, love and prayers are lifting you up right now. Within the last 2 years I have had to say "good-bye" to my dad and my dad-in-law. Although it's hard to say good-bye, it is such a comfort to know
it is only "goodbye" for awhile. And oh, what joy they must be experiencing to be worshiping our God in holiness and wholeness!!! May your wonderful good memories of Mr. G sustain all of you through the coming months. I know I have many fond memories of him
as teacher and encourager. In His abiding love, Doug and Pam De Haan
Pam De Haan
As a new student at Dordt College, I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Mr. Grotenhuis, who obviously served my school well and brought great glory to our Creator.
Nathan Cassaro a new Dordt Student
Our loving sympathy to you! Our hearts are heavy. But Mr. G. is with the Lord he served faithfully. He diligently used his musical talent to bring glory to his Lord. Now he knows what that "new song" is as he sings in the perfect choirs of heaven!!!! What
a blessing he was to us. In fact, he made a terrific influence on our lives. I loved singing in his choirs and accompanying as well. SDG!
Karen De Ruyter
Dear Eleanor and Family... My sincere sympathy in the passing of Mr. G. What a great impact he made on so many lives! When I heard of his passing, the first thing I wanted to do was call Winerva, but then of course I remembered that she already knows,
because she's there with him. I like to imagine him directing the heavenly choir while she accompanies them on the piano. Praying for you during these difficult days. May God be near.
Mary Jo Wobbema Van Otterloo
Our deepest sympathy to Eleanor and the family.
Harold and Kathy Vande Kieft and Family
As God has provided; may he continue to provide for you, both now and forevermore! I appreciated Mr. Grotenhuis' push for excellence as I sang for him in my years at Dordt. I continue to be motivated in excellence well into my adult years.
Gary Hofman '79
Mrs. G and family, our prayers are with you. We have so many wonderful memories of Mr. G and your family. Our lives have been touched and blessed by his love for music and his students.May you have comfort knowing that his life and work helped many of
us learn how to sing praise our Lord and Saviour.
Dave and Joyce Bloemendaal
My sympathies to Eleanor and the family.... Dale was a wonderful friend and supporter of choral music in Iowa. He shared his talents so unselfishly with all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him as a colleague. We havoe many wonderful memories of hearing
his outstanding choirs, and a rich legacy of his choral compositions. Thank you, Dale, for you did for Iowa choral directors!
Mark Lehmann
Dear Eleanor and family, What great memories we have! What wonderful music we learned! How greatly you have impacted our lives by showing us God's power and grace through music and through living for Him! We cry and rejoice with you. May God hold you close,
bring you comfort, and continue to work His will in you. Love, Denny and Vonnie Roosendaal
Eleanor and family, Our hearts ache for your loss. But what hope we have in knowing the chorus that Jack is leading up in the heavenly realms! Our prayers to you all - may God surround you with His grace as you say your earthly goodbyes and savor each
and every memory! Love to you all!.
Kim, Kevin, Jordan & Kaylie Huitink
Dear Mrs. G and Family, We are so sad to hear that Mr. G passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time and especially pray that God holds you in the palm of his hand. As I start my 27th year of teaching chorus tomorrow;
your family and especially Mr. G will be on my mind- as he often was. It was his inspiration that led me to my career and Ron to his. The ripple effect of his amazing teaching, love for his students, passion for music and inspirational compositions has reached
many millions. We are so blessed to have been included in that journey. With much gratitude and love,

Ron and Linda Boot
Mrs. "G" and family: Our condolences to you in your loss of a husband and father and grandfather. Not only did you lose a loved one but hundreds of the young people he inspired in his teaching will never forget him. A special thanks to God for sending
him into my high school life and teaching me to appreciate and love music.
Jerry Kuiper
Mrs G., Phil and Joy, Bob and Tom, We were so saddened and shocked of the passing of our friend Mr. G. What a great man and amazing musician, composer, teacher and friend. I so enjoyed my days with him in Concert Choir!! The tours were so much fun! I remember
with a laugh how Mr. G reacted to me and Jon when we pretended to be mannequins at Watertower Place in downtown Chicago! What a great sense of humor! We have missed him since his retirement but know he is enjoying the heavenly choir already! He's probably
already working on his first composition. I'm sure it'll be perfect! We love you and may God be with you at this very difficult time. Jim and Ruth Vanden Heuvel
Jim Vanden Heuvel
Eleanor and family, My sympathies to you; I pray that God will comfort you and bless you.
Dennis De Jong
Mrs. Grotenhuis: I especially remember a concert at Leota Christian Reformed Church in 1970. After the service the pastor lead the assembly in prayer, but before that he said, "I think tonight we have seen a glimpse of heaven, of what worship around the
throne must be." All these years later I remember that concert. There was magic afoot that night in the music -- or, really, the Spirit was blowing through us. Thanks to Mr. G. who gave us a "glimpse of heaven."
Karen Walhof
Mrs G, Bob, Tom, Phil and Joy, We grieve with you in the passing of Mr G. Yet we celebrate the life of a remarkable man. His positive influence in our lives during our Dordt years was profound. Thank God for the legacy of wonderful sacred compositions
he leaves behind for future generations. Each time we hear one of his works performed, our hearts return to one of many concert halls or cathedrals he allowed us to experience through Choir. Mr G. had a special gift of converging the space between the Earthly
and the Heavenly realms through music. Singing the final chorus of 'When Peace Like a River" under his leadership brought us as close to Christ as is possible on this earth." Oh Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight!" Our prayers and love go with
you from this day on.
Lyle and Julia Huisman
Dear Mrs. G and Grotenhuis family--My heart was saddened when I heard the news of the Homegoing of Mr. G. His love for music was contagious to those who had the privilege of being in his choirs. His love of the music reflected his love for the Lord, the
recipient of all the praise! May you be comforted in knowing that he now sings(possibly directs :) the heavenly choirs, and all parts are in perfect harmony, something he tried so desparately to get us to do! Whenever I hear a song written by Mr. G, my heart
swells with gratitude for my experiences in the choir at Dordt. My sympathy and prayers for comfort are with you all. As you reflect on many memories, may you all continue to say, Soli Deo Gloria!
Deb (DeJong) Lindemulder
Dear Grotenhuis Family, I have such wonderful memories of Dale when he worked with the Washington HS Choir in Sioux Falls. We were so fortunate to introduce one of his pieces on a national ACDA convention. Preparing for that day with his guidance was an
experience my singers and I will always remember. I also had the good fortune to work with him when he conducted the South Dakota Honors Choir. His arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner was written for them and is truly the best! My thoughts are with you
during this time of sadness but you can be certain his lives on through his music and the many lives he touched. I am sending a memorial to the South Dakota Honors Choir in Dale's memory. May God grant you peace.
Dione DeHoogh Peterson
It was a privilege and honor to be able to sing under your direction at Ridgewood CRC - you will be missed by many, and remembered fondly by untold numbers!

Dear Mrs. And family, I was sorry to learn of Mr. G's illness and passing. My memories of Dordt College start with playing for Mr. G in an audition. Little did I know then that I would go on to accompany for him for four years. He taught me so very much
and I consider playing for the Chorale as some of the best moments at Dordt. My prayers are with you at this difficult time of loss. I know the God of all comfort will be very near.

Cindy (Ripperdan) Kerstetter
"Mr G" was a big part of my life as a music major at Dordt.He was a great man of God and a great musician.My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family.
Jim Tuuk(class of 1970)
I spent my undergrad years at Dordt, learned so much from Dale, appreciated his music, and thanks to his mentoring in the "Form & Analysis" course, I went on to do a PhD in musicology. Later Dale and I served together on the Psalter Hymnal committee; he
was a gifted composer and a wonderful friend. Thanks be to God for the many years Dale served the Christian community!

Bert Polman (Chair, Music Dept Calvin College)
Dear Eleanor and family: We extend our deepest sympathy to you at this time of loss. We have wonderful memories of performing his music, his music making, and the time we were able to spend with him. Our prayers are with all of you at this time.

Charles and Joan Canaan
Mrs. G and Family, We are blessed with such fond memories of Mr. G and the wonderful choir tours as well as your visit to Florida. Our sympathy is extended to you and your families.....he is surely singing in a choir of voices beyond all earthly measure!
Gary & Kathy Ritsema
Dale Grotenhuis was a great choir director. He is the reason that I attended Dordt College. In 2nd grade, I heard the choir perform in our church in California and told my mom that I would attend that college and sing for that man, and I did. His musical
talents also amazed me in that he could pin point my high school voice teacher by another student who had had her 6 years before I did. Simply amazing.

Dear Eleanor and family, My sympathy and prayers are with you in this time of loss and grief. Mr. G. taught me so much about how to sing, but also the beauty of text in music. I sang in his choir for one year, traveled to Canada on choir tour, where we
had a blizzard in ND, sang at Banff, etc. May you be comforted as you rest in the arms of Jesus.

Dear Eleanor, Bob, Phil, and Tom, and your loved oness: Brenda and I were on vacation when we received word that Dale had passed on to his eternal home, so our response is a bit delayed. We extend to you our deepest sympathy, but with the faith and confidence
in the precious promises of God, a faith and confidence which was also so very evident in the many songs composed by Dale. And what a privilege it was to know him not only as gifted musician and composer but also as the loving father of my childhood friend,
Jack, who--as one who is already in paradise--has been waiting for this day.
Bernie Haan
My condolences to the Grotenhuis family. I had the privilege of accompanying one of Mr. G's choirs his final year at Dordt - fond memories and a highlight of college. May God give you all abundant peace and comfort.

Diane (Schinkel) DeJong - '96
Eleanor, so sad to hear of Jack's passing. Dick and I JUST had made the VCR tapes from our Europe trip with you all into a DVD and relived those wonderful times. And this news of Jack's death really hit! No matter the age of a loved one or time of passing,
it is too soon! Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. As we sang throughout all of Europe...Great is thy Faithfulness!
Dick and Pat Oostenink
I never met Mr. Grotenhuis but I attended a school that had a choir directed by a student of his and I now attend Dordt.College. It has been a blessing to worship the Lord through his compositions. My personal favorite being "Song of Triumph." May the
Lord be with you in this time of loss but gain for His kingdom.
Mrs. G - my deepest condolences. the 3 years I had with you and Mr. G at Dordt are filled with wonderful memories I will never forget. God bless you and your family!
Bryan Kooi (class of 87)
My Dear Eleanor, Bob, Phil (&fam), and Tom, I just heard the news today of Mr. G's entering his eternal home. I was shocked to say the least; and now that it has sunk in, I am so very sad. Life will definitely not be the same without him in it. As I think
back, there are so many countless memories that will never leave me. So incredibly fun times in choir/tours/parties, etc. Then there were all those years of friendship, and we had the privilege of having Tom stay in our home so many times. You have always
remained so dear! Just one week ago tomorrow (the day he died actually) I had to hand in a paper at school on 'what teacher impacted your life the most/and why'. Well guess who I wrote on? Mr. G of course. He not only instilled in me the love of/for music,
that is still with me today, but he also taught me so much about life itself and how to live it. I loved him (& you too, Eleanor) dearly. I just cannot believe he is gone. You will all be in my prayers.
Marlene (Covey) Compaan
Mrs. G, do you remember how we closed the concerts of the 1987 tour? You came forward and quoted two passages from Revelations, finishing with the words ".....and they cried out with a loud voice", and then we sang The Song of The Redeemed, written by
your husband. "Thanks be to God who gave to us, victory through Jesus Christ our Lord....." It was the highlight of the tour, often bringing many in the audience to tears. He sings that now, with no more tears, standing with the saints of old, wearing their
robes, washed white with the blood of the Lamb. What joy must be his! My sympathies to you in your loss, and heavens gain.

Glenn Kooima 1988
Dear Eleanor and family,I was sad to hear about the passing of your husband and Dad. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers!May God give you the strength that you need.

Deb(Schouten)Vander Weide
Eleanor, What a great loss. But, he always be remembered because of his music and because of all that he taught us. Music is still a big part of our lives and he gave us an amazing appreciation of the beauty of music. Choir was always a highlight of my
days at Dordt.
Gladys & Dave DeRidder (Bierlink)
To all who loved Mr. Grotenhuis and respected him so highly, esp Eleanor and kids! I have heard that when one gets to heaven, all those who you influenced and loved will be there to greet you. If that is so, I am sure there was a crowd to meet Jack. (I
still think of him as Mr. Grotenhuis.) When I think of people who strongly made a difference in my life and the direction it went, I put him at the top of the list! Besides being great at getting the most out of a choir, he taught us to work hard and be committed.
Wow--how he must be loving heaven!
Fran and Lyle Huisken
To the Grotenhuis family, My sincere condolences to all of you! When I heard of Mr. G's passing, I found the words of "Song of Triumph" going through my mind often in the next couple of days. I smile when I think of him singing in the heavenly choir, and
I can assure you I will be praying that you feel God's love and comfort surround you at this time. God bless you!
Faith (Rylaarsdam) Rietveld '96
There was none like "Grotie." "Mr. Grotenhuis" was an amazing musician, professor-educator, enormously empathetic human-being. He helped to shape my life and that of so many others. The way he taught choral music taught me how to teach, how to lead, how
to interact with others, and above all--how to sing and breathe. I learned too that so very much of life is about timing, whether one is singing, acting, speaking on air--or just speaking with others and "doing" one's day-to day activities. Mr. Grotenhuis
taught us discipline in such a way that it helped us live better lives. God's extraordinary gift to us has been given back to God. My love and condolences to Eleanor and all those near and dear to him.

Cindy Nibbelink Worley
Two of my greatest regrets were not trying out for Chorale at Dordt my freshman year (his last year teaching) nor attending his last concert with Eph Ehly. Only later did I come to appreciate his teaching and composing. I love his composition of Q&A 1.
He loved the Lord immensely and I will miss him greatly.
Chad M. Vink
I'm so sad to hear of Mr. G's death. I sang in his choirs all 4 years at Dordt, and he was such an influence in my musical career. He was a blessing not only to the Dordt community, but also to many choirs, large and small who sang his gifted arrangements.
God bless your family as you mourn his loss.
Diane Ritzema
We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Grotenhuis' death. We will remember you in our prayers. We will never forget your kindness to us when my sister, Diane, died and the song he wrote for her. I know you had a special rapport with Dordt music students. He touched
many lives and I know that influence continues on as Dordt students seek to follow the Lord wherever they may be. May God be with you and comfort you and surround you with his loving care.
Sharon and Royce Spoelstra
To say Mr. G. was instrumental in influencing the direction my life took is an understatement, My direction is to pass it on (choral education) as he did. Thanks, Mr. G.!
Joan (Tiemersma-Van Holland) Enockson
Dear Eleanor, Our hearts are sad to hear of Jack's death. We know he'll appreciate the heavenly choir he's now in. We hope you have many friends and loved ones to walk along side of you.
Tom and Barb Visker
Love and sympathy to the entire family. I'm enjoying the vision of father and son worshiping their Father through beautiful music once again. Love and prayers,

Leanne Gillson (Jelgrehuis)
My sympathy to Eleanor and family. I have many fond memories of singing while attending Dordt College. It was the highlight of every day for me. I grew spiritually and musically. The influence it had on my life will forever be appreciated and remembered.
I will never forget singing the St. Paul and the beautiful Hymn arrangements he taught us. I'm sure the music he now hears is perfect and it must bring him much joy. He will long be remembered in our hearts.! May our Lord keep you all in perfect peace.

Twyla (Christoffels)Vander Ley

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