Eugene “Gene” VanderArk

September 7, 1940 ~
August 31, 2021

Eugene “Gene” D. VanderArk, age 80, of Jenison, ended his 53-year courageous battle with MS on August 31, 2021. He is running and jumping in Heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His unfailing love and faith in his Lord sustained him in all his battles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Kathryn VanderArk; and his brothers, Charles Jr. and John VanderArk. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his care-giving and devoted wife of 56 years, Judy (DeLeeuw); their daughters, Tamara (Jim) Bowser, Terri (Jim) Avink; four wonderful grandchildren, Zachary Bowser, Kathryn Bowser, Joshua Avink, and Nathan Avink; siblings, Thelma Battjes, Janice (David) Moll, Ken (Rose) VanderArk; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Slifko, and Carol (John) Ritzema; and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins, and wonderful friends. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School and Davenport University. Gene worked for over 30 years at Steelcase. As his disease progressed, he set aside his love of hunting and fishing to design and make a model train layout. Gene later went on to create many beautiful paintings for every season. The family wishes to thank the staff at SKLD of Zeeland for the love and care given to Gene. A celebration of Gene’s life will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Reformed Church, 6610 36th Ave., Hudsonville, with Rev. Shawn Hulst officiating. The burial will take place at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Friday, September 3, from 4-7 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW and Saturday from 10-10:45 a.m. at church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Youth Fund at Fellowship Reformed Church.

Friday, September 3
4:00pm - 7:00pm

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Saturday, September 4
10:00am - 10:45am

Fellowship Reformed Church
6610 36th Ave.
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Funeral Service
Saturday, September 4

Fellowship Reformed Church
6610 36th Ave.
Hudsonville, MI 49426

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September 13, 2021 11:54am
So very sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. I am very thankful and blessed to have met Gene and Judy along with their children through the Ottawa County MS Support Group during our time in West Michigan. Gene was a very special man and I fondly recall all of our wonderful conversations, particularly our baseball discussions regarding our favorite teams the Tigers & Yankees. God Bless you Judy for being such a wonderful wife & mother and amazing caregiver! Truly an example for all! Take care & God Bless!

- Kevin Irving

September 04, 2021 10:16am
With you in spirit! Love, Rose🌹 The verse that meant a lot to Gene that he shared with me at your last visit in 2011: ‘When I said,”My foot is slipping”, your love, O Lord, supported me.’ Psalm 94:18 Now his feet are no longer slipping and he’s leaping for joy in heaven!! 😃❤️

- Rose Vander Ark

September 03, 2021 3:28pm
Sending our condolences to Judy and family. He was always cheerful and conversant whenever we met him.

- Warren and Jean Stob

September 02, 2021 4:04pm
He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. Prayers continue for you Judy and your family.

- Donley/Cheryl DeGroot

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