Jack L. Buist

October 1, 1931 ~
April 4, 2021

Jack L. Buist, aged 89 of Byron Center, went to be with his Lord on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. Jack loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean conflict. Jack loved his career in business, especially the last twenty years of owning Interphase. During his career he made many life-long friends. Jack was a family man and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed baking and cooking for his friends and family, making many deliveries in order to share his love for others. Jack is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marge; children, Tom and Carol, Pam and Mark Zietse, Tim and Gloria; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Marc and Renaul Buist (Carson, William, Addelaide), Michael and JoAnne Buist (Jack, Annelise, Kenzie), Nathan and Catherine Zietse, Nora and Josh Laarman (baby girl Laarman), Heather and Kevin Keil (Owen, Eli), TJ and Amanda Buist (Tenley, Connor), Kelsey and Ben DeGroot (Grady, Mabel); sister, Marge VandenBerg; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mattie Buist; parents-in-law, Charlie and Jenny Tiesma; siblings, Sam Buist, Jay and Betty Buist, Joyce and John Seif; siblings-in-law, Bill and Jo Tiesma, Pete and Anne Tiesma, Frank and Barb Tiesma, Eleanor VanDam, and Lee Valkema. Funeral services for Jack will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Community Church, 1440 - 68th Street SE, Grand Rapids, with Pastor Ron Kool and Pastor Daniel Bud officiating. Relatives and friends may meet the family at the church on Monday from 3 - 7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be held at Blain Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Dutton Christian School, Potters House, or South Christian High School.

Monday, April 12
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Hillside Community Church
1440 68th Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Tuesday, April 13
10:00am - 11:00am

Hillside Community Church
1440 68th Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Tuesday, April 13

Hillside Community Church
1440 68th Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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April 12, 2021 2:59pm
We send our deepest sympathy to Marge and family in the loss of your Husband and Father. May beautiful memories of a life well-lived bring you peace and comfort. Chuck and Lyn Dietiker

- Chuck & Lyn Dietiker

April 12, 2021 1:19pm
To Jack, A life well lived. A laugh that would proceed and identify him before he came into view and too many hands to shake before sitting at a table. It is hard to express the thanks I feel for having had the experience of working with Jack and Tim and the crew at Interphase. And I mean to say “with” since I never felt like I worked for him. It was always with him toward the goal of being the best. I feel thankful to have had the experience of you, your family and Interphase. Ray

- Ray Ziemelis

April 12, 2021 8:58am
We extend our most sincere sympathy to Tom and his family -Joel Keranen, Joe Panijan, and Karl Peterson

- Joe Panijan

April 10, 2021 3:40pm
Tom, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family at this difficult time. I wish I were closer as you know I'd be there to support you. As you move forward in the days to come, remember to cherish the memories. They will sustain you. Peace, my friend.

- Sally Belanger

April 10, 2021 9:44am
Jack was my boss for 8 great years. You could always find him in a crowd because of his marvelous laugh. His bear hugs were his trademark. I can smell his bread baking from Heaven. He was a dear good man and a great friend. We send our condolences because we know how much his family will miss him. God bless all of you and I was bless having known him. Lindy and Bert Crandell

- Lindy and Bert Crandell

April 09, 2021 11:52am
My deepest condolences to Mark, Pam and the entire family. I only met Jack a few times but he was such a funny and lovely man.

- Wendy Cowan

April 09, 2021 10:48am
Please accept my condolences on the death of Mr. Buist. The obituary bears evidence of a remarkable life and testimony. Such a blessing to all.

- James T Meyer, MBIE

April 08, 2021 5:05pm
My condolences to Marge, Tom, Pam, Tim and families. Jack was simply the best - best boss, mentor, advocate and friend anyone could hope for. I learned so much from him! It was a privilege and a pleasure to know not only the working man, but the private man and the family he so adored. My heart breaks for you all! Kathy

- Kathy Stark

April 08, 2021 4:59pm
My condolences to Marge, Tom, Pam, Tim and families! It was a privilege to know Jack and his family! He was simply the best - best boss, best mentor, best advocate, best friend a girl could have. I learned so much from him in the working world and was lucky to know the private side - the family he adored. Much love and hugs to you all! Kathy

- Kathy Stark

April 08, 2021 1:27pm
I can speak for all the cousins when I say Uncle Jack was the best and strongest hugger in the family.

- Anne Valkema

April 08, 2021 12:31pm
To the Buist Family, Our sympathy to all of you. We always thought your Dad & Mom were such a nice couple. We hope you find comfort in the special memories of happy times you shared. Once, we were fortunate to get a loaf of his famous bread. Wow, what a treat! My folks were neighbors on Mapleview. May God somehow bless you during this difficult time & give you His peace & strength. Sincerely, Tom & Patty (Velthouse) Graham

- Tom & Pat Graham

April 08, 2021 11:19am
So sorry to hear about your dad, Tom. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

- Gabe Krum

April 08, 2021 9:53am
I am so sorry for your loss Tom and Carol. May the peace and love of God surround you in the days ahead. Barb Post

- Barbra Post

April 08, 2021 7:52am
Dear Tom & Carol: My deepest sympathy to your and your families on the home-going of your dad. Tom, you had helped my family twice with funeral arrangements and as a former co-worker. God's Peace to you.

- Luanne Scholten

April 07, 2021 3:48pm
My sympathy to Tom & his family.

- Jerry Pennock

April 07, 2021 2:29pm
Our sympathy to Tom and family...From Jeff and Mark Dennis in Upper Michigan

- Jeffrey Dennis

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