Justin DeGroot

May 25, 1987 ~
December 25, 2020

On December 25, 2020, Justin DeGroot, age 33, of Grandville, unintentionally lost his battle with the enslavement of substance abuse. This disease does not define him. His legacy of fierce love, loyalty, dedication, talent, and the ability to make others feel special is what he leaves behind. Justin never wanted to be defined by his mistakes. He wanted nothing more than to be a great dad to his children, someone they would be proud of and look up to. Despite his tough exterior, he had a giving heart, loved his family fiercely, and was extremely loyal. His smile was charming, yet it was his quick wit and hilarious character that captured the room. Justin always made sure his loved ones knew he thought of them often by bringing small gifts as a reminder. Sometimes they would be in the form of candy, other times it would be a unique item that just made them smile. No matter what it was, they knew it was chosen with purpose to show he cared. Justin’s talents were endless: cutting hair, building a swing set for his daughter, landscaping, tattooing his artwork on friends and family, freestyle drawings, fixing things around the house, growing plants, and his latest endeavor of becoming a mechanic. Recently Justin saw great potential in a beat-up Thunderbird. He knew with a little love, attention, and time he could restore that broken, overlooked piece of metal into a masterpiece. In a way, that car was a reflection of himself. He longed to be restored, loved, and accepted. Justin was preceded in death by his brother, Trevor Boulder. He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Richard and Vickey Annable; “wife”, Stacey Cass; sons, Enrique, Marcos, and Isaiah; daughter, Estacia; brother, Robert (Jennifer); sisters, Melanie, Danielle (Dave); nieces and nephews, Autumn, Alaina, Donovan, Braedyn, Xavier, Braydin, Devin; great-niece, Aria; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021, 11 am at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW with Yago Williams officiating. Due to current restrictions limiting attendance at the service, it will be available via livestream at www.mkdfuneralhome.com. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Saturday from 9:30-11:00 am prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial Visitation
Saturday, January 2
9:30am - 11:00am

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

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Leave Your Tribute Message

January 04, 2021 3:46pm
My sweet cousin, gone way too soon. You are forever in my heart, as is our loved ones during this difficult time. I would like to share a short story for others to read about a memory I have of you: It seems so silly, but we often reminisced about when I broke your front tooth. Idk why but we were fighting over a camera. You were probably 11 or 12, and I was a couple years older, 14 maybe? Anyway, I remember chasing after you trying to get the camera back. I was holding you down when the camera slipped out of our sweaty hands and hit you straight in the face. It actually cracked your front tooth straight in half! Oh my, I was so terrified. I'm sure your mom had to pay a pretty penny to fix it, but shhhh.....I don't know how many people knew all that 🤫😉! I love you, Justin. May the Lord wrap you in his arms until we can be reunited ❤.

- Jennifer Eckert

January 03, 2021 9:37pm
Vickey, Rick and family, my heart goes out to you during this heart wrenching time of loss and grief. Although I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Justin, it is easy to see he was a beautiful presence in this world. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Debbie VanderWeyden

January 02, 2021 2:01pm
Mom and Rick I am completely saddened to hear about the devastating loss you are enduring. Justin was like a little brother to me when he was growing up. Tho the world has lost a great man, his journey in heaven has just begun. I can't imagine what you are going through but if there is anything I can do please let me know. ❤

- Rodney Tasker

January 02, 2021 8:39am
Vickey and Rick there are not enough words to say how sorry we are for your lose. We know Justin is at peace now with our Lord and hope that gives you comfort. We are saying prayers for you both and your family.

- Terri and Rick Osbon

December 31, 2020 11:23pm
When I first met Justin I knew he was a good person right away. We automatically connected as friends with similar past struggles. The time that I have known him and his family has been my pleasure and we will miss you bro.

- Jeremy Darin

December 31, 2020 9:45pm
I love you all so much.

- Jenetta Wright

December 31, 2020 2:38pm
Dearest Jay, You were always a bright ray of sunshine from the first time I met you! You were one of the few people that always was so nice and jokes! Your smile was contagious! 😊 Rest easy in paradise my Friend! 🤗

- Shannon Sturdevant

December 31, 2020 12:16pm
What a wonderful, honest and valuable tribute to this man. Though we did not know him, we wish to commend his family for sharing the honest and awful truth about substance abuse and addiction. It can happen in ANY family, to ANYONE. Thank you for making his life even more valuable and more precious, by giving us this lesson in reality and truth telling.

- Roger Allen Hofstra-Christ

December 30, 2020 8:46pm
So sorry for your families loss!!! Sending prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

- Shaun Osbon

December 30, 2020 6:16pm
Vickie and Rick, I am so saddened to hear about your sudden loss of someone so dear to you. Justin is now at peace with the Lord at his side. My prayers for you both to have Peace and understanding at this sad time.

- Dominic Storto

December 30, 2020 12:13am
Too young too soon taken from us. Its been a while since we last seen each other and I was hoping one day we will spend more time together. We are heart broken by your passing. Our prayers, thoughts and hugs are with all the loved once left behind. Sending lots and lots of love to Mrs Vicky and Rick. God keep you strong and his peace and blessings always to be over you. Love Peanut and Lyudmila

- Don and Lyudmila Coulson

December 29, 2020 11:50pm
I don't know what to say through the tears in my eyes and the sorrow in my heart, so I pray. Dearest lord i know you have my cousin in your arms and are holding him close. Please wrap his mother, his father, his brothers, his sisters, his children, in those arms and give them peace, and easy their pain so that they can go on in this life without the grief that this brings, but the memory of the love Justin had for each and everyone of them. Amen 🙏 Rest in peace cousin until we meet again.

- Jacqueline schewe

December 29, 2020 8:55pm
Didn't get to see or talk to that much cuz, you maybe gone but you will never be forgotten, your memory, your smile, laughter, all theses and many more we will always remeber and will continue, I know you will be watching from above over us...

- Donnalene Coulson

December 29, 2020 8:52pm
Didn't get to see or talk to that much cuz, you maybe gone but you will never be forgotten, your memory, your smile, laughter, all theses and many more we will always remeber and will continue, I know you will be watching from above over us... Donnalene Coulson

- Donnalene Coulson

December 29, 2020 8:05pm
I didn't know justin, but I was friends with the family for years in wyoming. The door was open to me. Sending prayers to the family and friends🙏🙏🙏

- Michelle Rivera

December 29, 2020 7:53pm
Throughout the years we have lost contact but you’ve ran across my mind from time to time. I still have our pictures and some of your letters from years and years ago. You will be missed dearly cousin. Watch over your loved ones and to my family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you guys. -Kayla Farrar-

- Kayla Farrar

December 29, 2020 7:53pm
Vicki and Rick our prayers and thoughts are with you our hearts are heavy for your your loss he is now your special angel mom to be with you always and now at peace ❤️

- Laura and Tim jordan

December 29, 2020 7:30pm
I still see that scrawny little kid, riding through The Pointe on his bike, every time I think of Justin!! His personality was huge, and, he let you know what he thought and how he felt!! He was a leader, and, well liked!! My prayers go out to Rick, Vickey, Melanie, Danielle, and the rest of his loved ones!!

- Brenda DeGood (Horan)

December 29, 2020 7:22pm
Little cuz it was hard to hear the news.We didn’t get a lot of time together but when we did it was good times and quality time.You will be missed but not forgotten.

- Tommy and Tresia Farrar

December 29, 2020 7:09pm
I’ve known Justin my whole life I’m his cousin he was my favorite cousin we grew up together we were so close we talked often we laughed often he was such a blessing on earth to so many oh how I will miss you dearly cousin I’ve got lots an lots of memories with you lots toooo many to talk about you know what it is it will never be the same without you I love you always an forever rest easy I will never forget you you’ll always be my cousin JAY ❤️🙏🏽

- Cassie. Fofana




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