Ronald Gerard Geskus

August 5, 1948 ~
April 6, 2021

Ronald “Bear” Geskus, age 72, of Kentwood, passed away peacefully and went to be with his Heavenly Father after a short battle with cancer on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Ron was a loving brother, uncle, and friend. Ron enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing and playing golf. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerard and Elsie Geskus. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister, Elsa Geskus of Maine; brothers, Ed and Mary Geskus of Grand Rapids, Ray and Carol Geskus of Grand Rapids; nieces and nephews, Monica and Gregg Vanderzwaag, Erica and Brent Babbs, Jon and Amy Geskus, Sara and Clay Hoover, Kali and Bill Marsh, Kate and Keller Davis; many great-nieces and great-nephews; longtime friend, Greg “Fergy” Ferguson, and many other friends. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to a charity of your choice.

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April 15, 2021 8:10pm
We're so sad to hear of the passing of our cousin, Ron... We have many fond memories of our shared childhood, like seeing your dad every year on picture day, and especially Christmas in Grandma and Grandpa Bultema's basement, with an "Uncle" Santa bearing gifts. We get older and busier and drift apart, yet we are forever family. And so, our hearts go out to you, Elsa, Ed, and Ray, and your families at this sad time. With our love and sympathy, Larry and Nancy Bultema, Peg and Dale Stalsonburg, Shirley Bultema, and Ty and Michelle Bultema

- Peg Stalsonburg

April 11, 2021 3:17pm
Dear family of Ron. Our neighborhood will not be the same without Ron. We came to love him, over our talks over the fence. He’d be mowing his yard, my dogs would bark like crazy. He’d stop, reach over the fence and pet Money (xena was having none of it), she’d be excited and jump on fence. She’d scratch him and he’d say “hell, it’s only blood and not as bad as it seems. It just the damn blood thinners”. We’d talk about his love of Texas hold’em and about his crazy neighbor. Complain because the stupid city, parked the truck in his driveway after complaining because she kept 30 bags of trash outside. He’d forewarn us, skunks were in her yard again and to be careful with the dogs. He loved helping the lady across the street and he’d talk about her dog. He was just so lovable. We were honored to call him friend. I’m sorry, he’ll not get to enjoy the grapes this year. When I planted them, we talked about my fruit trees and vines. He said he couldn’t wait to try the grapes, only the squirrels got them first. Please accept our deepest condolences. He will be greatly missed for sure. Sincerely, Mike, Tammy, Kristina and Money Ensing.

- Tammy Ensing

April 11, 2021 2:54pm
Dear Ed, Mary and family, So saddened to hear of the passing of your brother, Ron. Such difficult times require the comfort of family and friends. May you find such comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Memories are precious to us all. Hugs

- Dale & Jodi (Wolters) Moelker

April 11, 2021 6:25am
Elsa, I am saddened by this news. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve your loss and celebrate Ron's life.

- Michael Paskewicz

April 07, 2021 3:52pm
Very sorry to hear about Ron's recent battle and moving on. I worked with and more importantly golfed with Ron for a number of years and enjoyed his company on numerous other occasions. Ron will be missed very much. My condolences and prayers to the Geskus family at this difficult time.

- Troy




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