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Norman Kenneth VanHeulen

Norman Kenneth VanHeulen, age 85, of Kalamazoo, MI, peacefully passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019, and went home to be with his Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Viola VanHeulen; brothers, Arthur and Leonard VanHeulen. Norm will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; children, David VanHeulen, Judy and Christopher Black, Daniel VanHeulen, Jan and John Thorn, Jill and Edwin Farnsworth; grandchildren, Shanel and John Sweeting, Amy and Michael Grandy, Andrew and Audrey Black, Abby and Andrew D’Addario, Marleigh Thorn, Leanne Thorn, Nathan Thorn, Julie Farnsworth, Jared Farnsworth, Jennifer Farnsworth; 12 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Norm proudly served our country as a member of the United States Coast Guard. He retired from the Upjohn Company and spent his retirement years loving and enjoying his family, volunteering at church and in his community, participating in Bible studies, walking, golfing, bowling, and wintering in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville), 4145 Chicago Drive SW, with Hal Derksen officiating. Interment Fort Custer National Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Friday, February 8, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes or Faith Hospice.

  1. Heartfelt condolences to Aunt Barb and the rest of the VanHeulen family. Uncle Norm told us he was looking forward to meeting His maker in Heaven. We can take comfort in knowing he has reached his ultimate destination with his health restored. We love you all!!!

    - Greg & Linda Crystal
  2. Peace sent to the VanHuelen family knowing your husband, father, grandfather, uncle is walking is walk in heaven!

    - Judith Priest
  3. My deepest condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed the time I spent talking to him at the VanHeulen picnic a few years ago at Jan and Johns. What a nice man! I know he is chatting over coffee with the angels today in perfect health and at peace. Until we see you again Norm, R.I.P. Our loss is heavens gain!

    - Mary Holland - Springer
  4. Love and prayers to the family!

    - Susan (Winkler) Hopper
  5. Barb

    So sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. You and he meant so much to me at KBC. I’ll never forget everything you did for our wedding and the many times of encouragement and words of wisdom. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

    - Carol (Evans) Meyers
  6. My memories of you go back to the days when we were in youth group together at Fairview Wesleyan. Great times. Then you married Norm and we found a truly wonderful, Christian man. We honor his life and his dedication to God, you, and your family. Our deepest condolences.

    - Gordy & Martie Chapin
  7. Dear VanHeulen and Black families: We are so sorry for your loss. Thankful for all the memories I have of the many years we have shared. Wishing you peace Karen and Rod Altom

    - Rod and Karen Altom
  8. A life well lived! As we believe we all see each other again in heaven, I am excited that Uncle Norm had his nephew Ray be among those to welcome him home. Love, peace and blessings to the family.

    - Karen Gill (VanHeulen)
  9. Norm was a volunteer at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo for 12 years. He made a difference in the lives of our patients, families and staff. I will never forget his smile and thoughtful conversations.

    - Julie VanderNoot
  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time. Even though we did not have the privilege of meeting your dad, many great things have been said about him. Such a great example to all.

    - Craig Tuinstra

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