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Myron “Mike” Baas

Myron “Mike” Baas, age 81, of Hudsonville, went home to his Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Fenna Baas; and his sister and brother-in-law, Freda and Abe Kamphouse. Mike was the life partner of Patricia “Pat” Baas for the last 60 years.  Together they modeled their commitment by devoting their time, talents, and leadership, sharing their faith, and creating a business enterprise and culture of respect and high expectations.  Mike was an inspirational father and extraordinary role model to his children, Michael and Kim Baas, and Lori Baas.  Both children have continued his commitment to social justice by dedicating their lives to education and human service.  He was also the celebrated grandfather to his three grandchildren, Aidan, Isabel, and Baxter, who learned the importance of his commitment to his faith. He will also be remembered by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dennis and Cindy Brunink, Bonnie and Daniel Schripsema, Phil and Carol Brunink, Brian and Tarin Brunink, Tom and Carolyn Brunink; several loving nieces and nephews. Mike was a successful small business owner in Grandville and the overwhelming support of his staff and clients throughout his career and especially during his diagnosis of leukemia is a testament to his values, empathy, and leadership.  Mike lived his life every day to honor his belief in Jesus Christ. Private family services will be held followed by a time of visitation from 2-4 pm on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Ridgewood Church, 1571 Baldwin St., Jenison 49428. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Spectrum Health Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion or Spectrum Hospice.

  1. Pat;
    Sitting here looking at the keyboard, I find I just don’t have the words to help you and the family at this time. At my last appointment, Mike and I discussed how it was almost 50 years we had been seeing one another, and laughing at how many haircuts that added up to. I pray you will be able to lean into your faith, family and friends during this tragic time. I was his “client” for a very long time and we shared so much of our lives, but above all that and more importantly, he was my friend. I am so going to miss his friendship and wise counsel.

    - Terry Roby
  2. Pat, Michael and Lori, I am sorry to hear this news. Mike was a good friend for many, many years. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

    - Thomas Folkert
  3. Dear Pat and family, my heart is soooo heavy for you. I like to think of Mike not as having departed but having arrived. While we are busy make funeral arrangements for our loved one they are more alive than we are. Please know I am here for you, if you have any way that I can be of help please please let me know. I am anxious to be able to see you and hug you beautiful lady! Stay strong. Many are lifting you up in prayer. Hugs and blessings, Maya

    - Maya Warners
  4. Pat,
    Please accept my sincere sympathies on the loss of your dear husband. He was the first one I saw when I started going to your salon and we had many wonderful talks. He helped me so much! I was so happy to catch up with him when I moved back to the GR area in 2016. Thankful for your salon and the services it provides.
    Anita

    - Anita Haak
  5. Pat, Mike will be remembered as a loving, caring and hard-working man. Jim and I always appreciated his friendliness and attention to detail. I first met Mike when he owned the Barbori back behind Pietro’s on 28th Street. You will be in our prayers.

    - Kathleen Kregel
  6. i was stunned to read the obituary of Mike online this morning. So, so sorry for your loss Pat and family. We were neighbors so many years ago and I know that my brother Harold was one of Mike’s many clients. Wishing the peace of Christ to all of you during the coming days.

    - June Huissen
  7. Dear Pat:
    Judy and I send our love and sympathy to you as we mourn the loss and remember the exemplary life of Mike Baas. He was wise, loyal, trustworthy, gifted, and such a steady and dependable presence in our lives. My dad and father in-law were longtime clients. But Mike didn’t just cut and style their hair. He was a confidante and counselor and careful listener — in other words, a faithful friend. He was a stalwart at Bethel CRC during my younger days. In recent years, we would see each other in the stands at Calvin basketball games. I’ll miss him deeply and recall him with fond admiration for his sweet spirit of service to so many.

    - Bruce Buursma
  8. Pat – We are so shocked and saddened with the news of Mike’s passing. The two of you together were the role model of a Christ-centered marriage — truly a beauty to behold. We mourn your loss with you and will be praying for peace. I so wish we could see you face-to-face and offer you a warm hug with proper condolences. I hope you feel all the love that is surrounding you by so many who love you both.

    - Al & Julie Rietberg
  9. Lori, Michael and Pat, I was shocked to see my mom’s text to me this morning about your loss. I am so sorry. He was an exceptional person and it was always a pleasure to be in his presence. He always seemed to have a smile on his face with a hint of mischief underneath. I wish there were words that could soothe your grief.
    -Kathy Lindner (Visser)

    - Kathy Lindner
  10. Pat,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Mary LaChonce

    - Mary LaChonce
  11. Pat,

    My sympathy to you and your family. I have loved knowing the two of you these many years and will deeply miss my monthly haircut and beard trim with MIke. While I’ve never met your children or grandchildren I feel like I know your family well from all the conversations I’ve enjoyed while the master performed his miracles on my head and face.

    We rejoice with the knowledge that he has joined our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My Prayers are for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to be with you during this time of morning.

    - Tom Palumbo
  12. Dear Pat, We were stunned when we heard about the passing if Mike. For over 50 years I have enjoyed having my haircuts while we enjoyed talking about the past memories, present events and the future, especially our future with Jesus Christ.. My, how we will miss that guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Pat, and your family, now and in the days to come.
    Blessings.

    - Jim and Clarine Lanting
  13. We were sorry to hear of Mike’s illness and homegoing. We have many fond memories of the times we spent with you all those years ago. We pray you may feel the love of friends and the comfort only God can give.

    - George and Lois Berkompas
  14. MIke was so much more than than the only stylist who could give me a good haircut. Over 40 years, he was a sounding board and confidant. He gave me wisdom for jobs, faith and raising my children. I’ll miss those discussions even more than a great haircut.

    - Al Fischer
  15. So sorry, Pat, your loss must be magnified by the fact that your many friends and relatives cannot gather together with you. Please except our sincerest sympathy. We pray for God to be with you as you travel this difficult road.

    - Mearl & Maxine Quist—Carol’s sister
  16. Mike started out as my barber in 1972 when I was an intern at Blodgett Hospital when his shop was in Gaslight Village and over the years became a friend that I could chat with about anything. We talked small college basketball, medical care, and crises in our own families. I miss him already. Peace and love, MIke.

    - Darryl Varda
  17. Dear Pat, Michael and Lori
    Our hearts are heavy for your loss. Seems like I’ve known you forever and yet time and distance fades the memories. We trust in an amazing God and your relationships with Him will provide you the comfort you will need to sustain you in your time of loss and need. You will be in our prayers. Love, Terri

    - Leslie & Terri Martin (Den Besten)
  18. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. first met 45+ years ago. A great guy and solid Christian man. Pat can take comfort in knowing he’s with his Savior.

    - Rick Sikkema
  19. Pat and family –
    Mike was a gentle and thoughtful soul who was passionate about his family, his team, his clients, his faith and his work! I first met Mike in 1980 when I moved back to West Michigan and he was recommended to me. Our monthly haircuts were always filed with stories about our families, our lives and of course Calvin College basketball. Like many I will miss him but hope to see him again in the future. May this be a faithful family time for all of you.
    Larry Andrus

    - Larry Andrus
  20. Our sympathy to you Pat, and to your children and grandchildren. It is a sad time when relatives and friends cannot greet you personally. The Lord’s peace be with you.
    Sincerely, Arnie and Shirley Snoeyink

    - Shirley Snoeyink
  21. Our sincere sympathies to Pat and the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God’s grace and comfort be with you.

    Mel and Karen Brunink

    - Mel and Karen Brunink
  22. Dear Pat and family,
    We extend our sympathy to you and your family. Our prayers are with all of you.
    Your cousin Sandy and Max

    - Sandra Krause
  23. Dear Pat and family,
    Our hearts go out to all of you with Mike’s passing. May the love you still share and the life experiences and memories you created be of comfort to you during this time of loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sharon Brunink and Tony Ricci

    - Sharon Brunink and Anthony Ricci
  24. Pat,
    I’m so sorry to read of Mike’s passing. We barely knew each other but it felt like we had been friends for a long time. I’ll miss him sorely. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sue Nielsen

    - Sue Nielsen
  25. Dear Pat, I can’t begin to express how sad we were to see the news of Mike’s death. I (Mary) so enjoyed my appointments with Mike, hearing news of your family, sharing stories about work and church, and just being in the presence of someone who exemplified life in union with Christ. I will miss him so much. Our prayers are with you and your family. May you feel God’s peace and presence in the coming days and weeks.
    Much love, Skip and Mary Vanden Berg

    - Skip and Mary Vanden Berg
  26. I am deeply saddened to read of Mike’s passing. He was a master with a scissors and a razor. Over twenty years he rarely missed the opportunity to tell me that my hair had an independent streak to match its owner. And then he’d laugh.

    Mike was a joy to talk with as we discussed current events. We shared a passion for faith and social justice. Grandkids and children updates were never missed. He was a wonderful sounding board and I hope I provided that for him as well.

    Pat, Michael and Kim, Lori and each of you bright, accomplished grandkids, my heart goes out to you. He was one in a million.

    Sally VanNoord

    - Sally VanNoord
  27. Pat, Michael & Lori,
    I was stunned to see the news of Mike’s passing in the Sunday paper! My last haircut was Feb 13 and he seemed to be doing well. He said “see you in 5 weeks”. That appointment was then cancelled due to Coronavirus. So I was waiting to re-schedule in April and hadn’t heard anything about him not doing well. Mike was my barber since 1974, but I considered him more of a friend. We enjoyed catching up with people we both knew, especially from the former Bethel CRC. He will be sorely missed! Our only comfort is knowing that we will see him again in heaven one day.
    Deb and I would surely like to attend the memorial service when it is announced. For now we would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the entire Baas family.
    With our love,
    Phil& Deb Ouwinga

    - Phil Ouwinga
  28. Dear Mike & Kim (and family)..Hamdi and I were so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing..he was such a personable and kind man. Hamdi truly enjoyed their conversations together and so appreciated his enthusiasm and support of soccer. Our very deepest sympathy to everyone. May Mike rest in peace.

    - connie rammal

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