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Randall Syswerda

Randall Wayne Syswerda, age 68, of Marne, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019, with his wife by his side, and is now home in the presence of his Lord and Savior, free from his earthly challenges and walking the streets of gold where he was ready to be. Randy struggled all his life against physical limitations and ailments. He developed encephalitis as an infant that left him with cerebral palsy. He didn’t walk until he was five, and later in life suffered a brain injury that would slowly take his nervous control and cognition. Even through his challenges, Randy was a member of Kenowa Hills High School class of 1970. He never let his limitations break his spirit or harden his heart. His motto in life was “Life is hard, but God is good.” He was an avid fan of many sports, but had a special love for the Michigan State University Spartans. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Lucile Syswerda; sister, Donna Vander Wal; and brother-in-law, Harold Sheridan. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 42 years, Leona Syswerda; son, Caleb Syswerda; siblings, Ivan and Helen Syswerda, Mary Sheridan, Maxine and Scott DeGaynor, John and Jean Syswerda, Roger and Joan Syswerda, Dorothy and Fred Langeland, David and Ellen Syswerda, Bonnie and Karl Olexa, Connie and Marvin Meiste, Ed and Janice Syswerda, Karel and Jeff Swanson; brother-in-law, Larry and Terri VanderWal; and many nieces and nephews. According to Randy’s wishes, his body has been donated to MSU for research. No funeral services will be held. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Brookcrest Rehab and Life Center and Emmanuel Hospice for the love, compassionate care, and friendship given to Randy during his time there. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Brookcrest (3400 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418) or to Emmanuel Hospice (401 Hall St SW, Suite 263, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

  1. I am sad for all of you, but happy for Randy as he is walking and talking with Jesus. Praying as you miss him.

    - Jean MacDonald
  2. Jean, I love this picture of Randy. I hadn’t seem him in a long time, but remember his smile and how friendly he always was. My deepest condolences to you and the family. I so admire the strength and grace you have shown.

    - Teddie Soya
  3. Jean,
    Thinking of you and praying for Gods hands to guide you through this difficult time.
    Randy will me missed.
    Julie Schmuker

    - Julie Schmuker
  4. Randy was such a fixture at Kentwood Community Church for so many years. That is where I met him. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Rejoicing that he is walking with Jesus. My deepest sympathy and prayers for his family as you grieve.

    - Tammie S
  5. Jean,
    Praying for you as you grieve.

    - Sandy Busfield
  6. Dear Jean, Randy must be very happy right now running and dancing with Jesus. May Jesus fill your heart with His peace.

    - Jody E Bacinski
  7. Nov. 1,2019
    Jean, what a great picture of Randy with his wonderful smile. We were always blest when we would visit Randy. He is now worshipping His Jesus in person, who he loved so much. We went to visit Randy at Brookcrest on Oct. 31, and were told of his moving to Heaven.
    Praying for you.

    - Henry and Twila Lanning
  8. Randy and I were high school friends at Kenowa Hills, and we ran into each other from time to time, including our most recent class reunion. He was such a great guy, always so positive in spite of his challenges. I know he’ll be missed.

    - Gary Sironen
  9. I knew Randy from his visits to Mary Free Bed. First met him when I worked in OrthoSeat. He was always smiling and such a joy to talk with. My deepest condolences to your entire family.

    - Peggy DeRidder
  10. It was such an honor to spend time with Randy, who always spoke of God’s goodness, even in the midst of all his physical struggles, and also to witness your faithful love for him, Jean. I’m thinking of you as you’re missing him while celebrating his homegoing.

    - Amy V
  11. It’s been a very long time since we have had the privilege of spending time with your wonderful family. We had great times together when teaching, Jean, and everyone who ever met Randy will miss his gentle and loving ways. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers, offering sincere condolences.

    - Jim and Kathleen Oliver
  12. Jean, Prayers and thoughts going your way. I enjoyed very much the lunches Randy and I had years age. Peace to you.

    - Pat Purgiel
  13. Sorry to hear of your passing. I was a classmate at Kenowa Hills high school. Praying for the family during this difficult time.
    Ed Pitsch

    - Ed Pitsch

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