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Jared Westervelt

Jared Adam Westervelt (AKA JW), age 22, of Jenison, went to be with Jesus on Friday, August 30, 2019.  Jared was a master of film, a writer and published author. Jared brought happiness to everyone he met, especially as a barista when serving coffee at the Jenison Kids First Coffee Shop. He is joined by his grandparents, four uncles and two cousins in Heaven.  He will be forever loved and honored by his parents, Lee and Ann Westervelt; brother, Jake and sister-in-law, Colleen Westervelt, along with their children, Callista and Danny; sister, Jenny Westervelt and brother-in-law, Woody Johnson. Jared was loved by all of his many extended family members and knew he was loved by them as well.  Everyone that met Jared was considered his friend. Jared was genuine, generous, honest and happy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Pointe, 3350 Baldwin St., Hudsonville, with Pastor Joel Wayne officiating. Visitation time begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in Chapel Pointe’s Cafe. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in honor of Jared. Envelopes will be available at the visitation and the service for charities close to the family’s hearts. 

  1. Lee and Ann,
    Our hearts grieve with you and you remain constant in our prayers and thoughts. Sending all of our love,
    Ben, Meagen, Lexi, and Sully Russ

    - Meagen Russ
  2. Westervelt Family,

    Jared is truly missed and we will continue to love him and hold onto our precious memories of days spent with him. We will lift your family in prayer in the days and weeks to come. Each day we saw him was a gift; he blessed us with his smile, sense of humor, gentleness, and never ending love. ❤️ Much love to you all!

    The Huyser Girls

    - Huyser Girls
  3. Jared made our whole community better. He will be missed. Westervelt Family, our hearts are all aching along with you. Sending you love. The Ambs Family.

    - Karen Ambs
  4. My sincerest sympathy to Lee and Ann and the Westerveldt family. Praying that you feel the peace and love of our Lord and Savior surrounding you at this most difficult time.

    - Jill Mieras
  5. Lee, Ann & Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Sending Love, Hugs & Prayers during this difficult time.
    Jeff, Christy, Emily, Natalie, Molly & Gator Siler

    - Jeff & Christy Siler & Family
  6. Unbelievable. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    - Mark Wilson
  7. Ann and Lee
    We are so sorry for your loss you and your family are in our prayers.
    God Bless

    - Deb Dubbink
  8. Ann- so deeply sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

    - Sandy Barnee
  9. Our hearts go out to the family! We feel your sorrow for the absence of your son/brother. We remember him as a young child who had a special spot in our hearts. Heaven will enjoy his special talents and humor. Blessings to you all! Deb Russo and Catie Russo/ Richert

    - Deb Russo and Catie Russo/Richert
  10. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers always.

    - Becky Darling
  11. We are so saddened at JW’s passing. He was a kind and gentle young man. It was a pleasure to have him be a part of the JHS Theatre program. Our love and prayers go out to the entire Westervelt family! Todd, Penny, Zach, and Ben

    - The Avery Family
  12. I am so sorry for your loss. It was a true pleasure to see him everyday His smile will always be with me. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Westervelt family.

    - Ronnie Madden
  13. To the entire Westervelt Family… our deep and sincere sympathies go out to all of you! We are so sad to hear about the loss of your son, brother and uncle. We are praying that the Lord will surround you all with His grace, love and peace today and in the days ahead. Love in Christ, Jim and Anna Johnson

    - Anna Johnson
  14. Dear Westervelt family, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. May God wrap you in his comfort and peace.

    - LaVonn Mingerink
  15. I’m sure that the sadness of JWs passing is overwhelming… I will continue to lift up your family in prayer. May you feel the love of God and our wonderful community during this difficult time. My heart aches for you.

    - Georgia Sager
  16. So very sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories of JW help you during this very difficult time. Sending prayers your way.

    - Ted and Mary Gehan
  17. We are so sorry for your loss! Your family will be in our payers this week and in the weeks to come.

    - Lori and Lynden Hamstra
  18. We are so saddened to learn about Jared’s passing. We’ve heard so much about what a wonderful young man he was, and what a fine example of kindness he set for others.

    - The Gordon Family
  19. Dear Lee, Ann, and family,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of Jared, amazing son, brother, uncle, and friend. I’ve always heard great things about Jared. I pray God’s peace, love and comfort over all of you. May you experience His joy as you remember Jared and share wonderful memories of his life and how he blessed so many. Hugs to all. Cheri Honderd (and Mick)

    - Cheri honderd
  20. Echoing what has already been said: last school year, my kids and I stopped regularly to order coffee and hot cocoa from Jared. All this time I had no idea that he was Lee’s son. He filled the air with so much humor and conversation of dinosaurs, jurassic park, and friendly reminders of how to be safe while taking our super hot drinks. This is a shock and a huge loss. We are so very sorry. We will continue to lift your family in prayer. He truly did make our mornings brighter. He was someone you looked forward to seeing on those dreary mornings trekking through the snow. He was intelligent, witty, honest and full of promise. Aching with you….

    The Kiewiet’s (Kaley, Ben, Liam, Everett and Cybil)

    - Kaley Kiewiet
  21. Dear Lee, Ann and family,
    My deepest sympathy to you all. JW sure shined his light wherever he was and will surly be missed. May you find comfort in those treasured memories and knowing that JW is safe in the arms of Jesus. Thinking of you are praying for you. Love, hugs and prayers, Jan

    - Jan Hearn
  22. Dear Lee and Ann,
    Just seen on Facebook the Jared passed away. Words cannot express sufficiently my thoughts. We will be praying that the Lord gives you strength to uphold you.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jeanne Knol and the rest of the Knol family.

    - Jeanne Knol
  23. Dear Lee and Ann,
    God knew your precious son would be here on earth for only 22 short years before calling him home to be with Him in Heaven. God could not have entrusted Jared to better parents than the two of you. You loved Jared so well. He was happy because of you guys and your love for him.
    We have so many great and fun memories of Jared. We are thankful for those memories and we will continue to hold them dear. I am especialy thankful for the quality time that I got to spend with Jared recently on our side by side. It was to be my last time seeing him. We had such a blast! I loved listening to him laugh and get excited as I picked up speed. As Jared put it- we went “BACK TO THE FUTURE!!”
    We loved Jared, as he was a joy to be with. Mike and I will both miss him. You both remain in our thoughts and prayers.
    With much love,
    Mike and Sue Prins

    - Mike and Sue Prins
  24. Ann and Lee, Jared was an early elementary student the last time I saw him. What a handsome, talented, loved and appreciated young man he grew to be since that time! I can still see his darling face as a child and recall his spirit. I am so happy that God gave him to you to be his parents. His life is a reflection of your love and care and I hope you keep that in your hearts in the days to come. I am grateful to have known Jared and you and will keep you in my prayers. Love and Blessings, Lynn Sweeney

    - Lynn A Sweeney
  25. Keeping the Westervelt family in my thoughts and prayers.

    - Kellie Hermann
  26. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    - Brenda Campbell
  27. No words can express the pain that your family must be going through. Our prayer for you is that God will give you all the strength to face the upcoming days/months ahead. I imagine there is no pain deeper than losing a precious son. Know we grieve right along with you. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this most difficult time. The Bolthouse Family (Gary, Lori, Haley, Kylie & Brayden)

    - Lori Bolthouse
  28. My heart is filled with sadness for your family. No parent should ever have to know the grief of the loss of child. My thoughts are with you. You will never have to struggle alone. Much love surrounds and supports you.

    - Kathy Keehn
  29. Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family.

    Schenavia Wilson

    - Schenavia Wilson
  30. I am so very sorry for your devastating loss. May Jared’s memory provide comfort to your family. My sympathies go out to Jared’s family and friends.
    Jenny – Please accept my condolences.

    - Laurie Hall
  31. I extend my deepest condolences and prayers for your loss. Growing up in school with Jared was a true blessing as every day he had a smile on his face. He never had a negative attitude towards anything and brought countless memories to all who came to know him as a friend. I wish I could be there to say a proper goodbye. He will be greatly missed and remembered as a good man and an even better man. Take care and God bless each and every one of you.

    - Isaac Knol
  32. Dear Ann and Lee and family,
    Prayers, condolences, and love to you all.
    Bonnie Westervelt

    - Bonnie Westervelt
  33. We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs. We have wonderful memories from preschool days at Learning Ship.

    Love, Paul, Deb, Alexander & Samantha Karasinski

    - Deb Karasinski
  34. Lee and Ann, I am so saddened to learn of your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that you will find comfort in the loving arms of the Lord as you go forward. Blessings to you. Arla* Star

    - Arla D Star
  35. Ann, Lee, Jake, Colleen, Jenny, Woody & kids – I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot be there for the service on Saturday, but you will all be in my thoughts & prayers. Jared was truly a gentle soul.

    - Katie Garbarino
  36. May you all be surrounded by love and beautiful memories during this painful time. Lean in those you love and we pray for peace for you all.

    - Judy and Brian Williams
  37. So sorry to hear Jared passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    - Janice Prichard
  38. Dear Lee and Ann
    My heart aches for you and your family so hard to lose a loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Love and peace be with you.
    Jeanne Basham

    - Jeanne M Basham
  39. Lee and Ann,

    I am deeply sadned to hear of JW’s passing. He was such a joy to have as a student. We pray that you find comfort in the arms of the Lord.

    The Fales Family

    - Kevin Fales
  40. I want everyone to know that your kind words are soothing my soul. Thank you so much for your kindness and sincere love.

    - Ann Westervelt
  41. The Westervelt Family

    I was absolutely devastated at the news of your loss of Jared’s. I can’t even begin to imagine the grief and pain you all must feel. While my heart is filled with sadness, I am encouraged to know you all “know” God. I fully believe, in time, He will continue to carry you through this catastrophic loss, day by day, through your grief, through which you will be made whole. Continue to share the love, honesty, joy and generosity of Jared. I know he radiated these, our original qualities, God intended for each of us. May God comfort, keep, and strengthen you through every step of this walk. I will keep you in my prayers.

    In his Grace, Vern

    - Vern Jones
  42. Lee and Ann,
    Such a tragic week. Our hearts sank this week, truly heartbreaking news. Jared was so loved by you both and the entire family. All our love and condolences. You will be in our hearts and prayers. Tragic week.
    Vern & Genger-

    - Vern, Genger, Krystal, Kristin and Catherine Westervelt
  43. Dear Ann,
    I am so very sorry about your loss! Please receive my deepest sympathy. It is my prayer that you are comforted by the happy memories of love and joy you both have shared. It is comforting to know that one day soon we will know NO sorrow, but joy by and by with Jesus our brother, friend and Savior. He will come in the clouds of heaven and raise from sleep all those that believed in Him.
    I appreciate you Ann and pray that you find peace, hope and comfort.

    - Mirtha Duthil
  44. Ann & Family,
    I just heard through GRPS about your son’s passing. I am also the mother of a 22 year-old son. I cannot imagine the pain of your loss. Sending prayers for peace and strength during this difficult time!

    - Angie O'Brien
  45. Ann and Family,
    My deepest condolences during this time of bereavement. Prayers of peace and comfort extended to you and your family. Grace and Peace
    Toni Moore

    - Antonette s Moore
  46. My time with J Dubs was too short but nonetheless precious to me. My heart and prayer support is with you Ann and Lee. He is missed!

    - Carole Hoskins
  47. Lee and Ann and extended Family,

    My heart aches for you all. Jared will be dearly missed and never forgotten. Praying you feel our Heavenly Father envelope you with His peace and comfort through this very sad time.

    - Wendy Katerberg
  48. Ann and Lee, we are shocked and saddened to hear about your precious son. We have been praying for you guys and will continue to do so! God bless you

    - Lori, Aaron, Bella and Natalie Combs
  49. Ann and Lee,
    I have no words. And yet I must try. Because I need you to know that you are loved and being held in constant prayer by so, so many. I also need you to know that I’m here for you- whenever, and for whatever.
    You were the perfect match chosen by God for JW. I’m certain that JW knows that too, as he smiles at you from heaven.
    Love you both. XO

    - Sue Teeples
  50. Our hearts are aching after hearing of Jared’s passing. Prayers that your pain will be eased knowing Jared was welcomed into heaven by family and embraced by God’s loving arms.

    - Louise & Colleen Berry
  51. Lee, Ann, and Family,
    My heart goes out to all of you. There are no words. I will always remember JW’s intelligence, kindness, wit, and sense of humor. It was an honor to know him. Sending love, Elise Dirkse

    - Elise Dirkse
  52. Personally I never met jared, but I have been friends with him on facebook, we were online friends and we became friends because of the common interests in dinosaurs as well as jurassic park film series, he was highly influenced by jurassic world series and his favourite actor was irrfan Khan he once said me that dinosaurs make him happy, I pray to god that may his pure soul rest in peace.

    - Yug vaishnav

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