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Marvin “Toby” Koetje

Marvin “Toby” Koetje, age 81, of Byron Center, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 7, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Margaret Lynne; brothers and sisters, Jean (Bob) Zoerman, Donna (Norm) Roelofs, Jack (Leona) Koetje, Bob (Betty) Koetje. Toby will be lovingly remembered by his children, Debbie (Kevin) Schrock, Michelle (Mike) Hayes, Amy (Kevin) Freeman, Denise (Kris) Urban; grandchildren, Caitlin (Nate) Johnson, Cassie Schrock, Lindsey (Cliff) Bolhouse, Aubrey (Will) Byers, Chad Hayes, Aaron (Nicole) Freeman, Brice (Kella) Freeman, Austin (Amber) Freeman, Jared (Kylie) Urban, Hillary Urban, Shannon Urban; 8 great grandchildren; sister, Gloria Slagter; brother, Ron Koetje; brother-in-law, Bob Johnson; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a warm, loving husband, father and grandfather. Toby was hard working and loved working with wood, even building his own cabin on the Little Muskegon River. Toby enjoyed spending time with his family, loved camping, fishing, and golf. He was devoted to his faith and was an active member of his church. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. He was always a positive person and even during his struggle with cancer, he never complained. Toby valiantly served his country in the Army National Guard. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville), 4145 Chicago Drive SW, with Pastor David Brower officiating. Interment Winchester Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Wednesday, April 10, from 4-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to Faith Hospice.

  1. Dear Daughters and families,
    So sorry to read of Toby’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we know Toby’s in a much better place. The picture of him looks just like we remember him, just a little older. He was so devoted to Lynne and took such good care of her with her cancer. God bless him and give him eternal peace. Sorry we never got to know him better. May God be your strength in dealing with the difficult days and months ahead. Our sympathy to all of you. God bless. Jan Ignatoski and Sue Heileman, cousins by your Grandma Margaret and our mom, Hazel Heileman who were sisters.

    - JAN IGNATOSKI

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