Larry Ritsema

November 7, 1934 ~
October 7, 2021

Larry Ritsema, age 86, of Grandville, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021, and is now resting comfortably in the arms of his Lord and Savior. Larry worked diligently as a plasterer for over 50 years. He was a faithful husband, selfless father, and dedicated in love for his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Pearl; parents, Henry and Ada Ritsema; brothers, Fred Ritsema, Clarence Ritsema, John Ritsema; and sisters, Vivian Buiten, Chris Dalman. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Kim and Pete Peterson, Brian and Nancee Ritsema, Dave and Brenda Ritsema, Dean and Laura Ritsema, Brent and Christine Ritsema; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kari Peterson, Brandon and Liz Ritsema (Lucas, Lila, Laikin), Jared and Mary Ritsema (Michael Dunlap, Mariah Pearl), Amber Ritsema (Marquis), Chana and Jason VanderVennen (Addalyn, Makenna, Delaney), Cameron and Emily Ritsema (Theodore), Ethan Ritsema, Colin Ritsema, Ben Meyer, Sam Meyer, Jack Meyer, Seth and Jacquelyn Ritsema (Kinsley), Ashlyn Ritsema, Caden Ritsema; brother, Henry Ritsema; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, JoAnne Ritsema, Alan Hielkema, Dennis and Suzanne Howerzyl; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 11, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW with Pastor Reggie Smith officiating. The burial will take place at Winchester Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Sunday, October 10, from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Potter’s House Christian School or the Metropolitan Choir of Praise.

Visitation
Sunday, October 10
2:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Funeral Service
Monday, October 11
2:00pm

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

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Leave Your Tribute Message

October 15, 2021 12:46pm
Dearest Ritsema family. We just found out today that Larry has passed. John and I send our deepest sympathy to all of you and praying for grace and comfort during these difficult times. Many fond memories come to mind and brings a smile to my face. So sorry we could not be there but know you are in our prayers. Sending you love and hugs💕. John and Charlene Pierce

- Charlene (Beintema) Pierce

October 11, 2021 10:13am
Sending our sympathy to the Ritsema family. Larry will be greatly missed. Ken remembers many of his jokes and actually repeats many of them. May you find comfort with wonderful memories and know he is singing in heaven with Pearl. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ken and Marcia Euwema

- Ken and Marcia Euwema

October 10, 2021 8:38pm
Larry and I went to Southwest school and had birthdays the first week in November, along with one of our teachers. That was always a special connection. We enjoyed being members of Roosevelt church with the Ritsema family. We know Larry was lonely after Pearl , his jewel died and we thank God that Larry is now free from pain and at home with the Lord. Our sympathy to all the family members. Sincerely, Arnie and Shirl

- Shirley Snoeyink

October 10, 2021 2:16pm
My condolences to the family he will be missed sorry wasn’t there I had COVID but my heart will always be there for your family.

- Janet Pena

October 10, 2021 1:15pm
Sending my sympathy to the entire Ritsema family. Larry will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. I think he is singing in heaven, playing a game of cribbage, and waiting for a big plate of Pearl’s delicious Swiss Steak and potatoes. May you all be comforted with beautiful memories of your dear dad/grandpa.

- Kristin Kelly




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