Calvin VanDyke

March 30, 1964 ~
February 15, 2021

Calvin VanDyke, age 56, of Jenison, walked suddenly and unexpectedly into the arms of Jesus on Monday, February 15, 2021. Cal was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. The most important things in life to him were his faith and his family. As a longtime member of Cottonwood Church, he served in many capacities, and especially enjoyed singing as part of the Worship Team. Cal worked at Meijer for 29 years, and for the past three years at Dematic. The work was challenging, and he loved it. He made some great friends along the way. When he was not working, he loved to play Euchre and board games with family and friends, and he had found a new love for reading in the past year. Camping, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing - anything outdoors and “Up North” are cherished family memories. Cal and Pam would often just take a drive to the beach and Cal was always willing to indulge Pam in her love for sunsets and lighthouses. Cal and Pam were just beginning a new season together as “empty nesters” while thoroughly enjoying deepening relationships with their adult children. This was so important to Cal. He wanted them to spread their wings, but also know that they could come to him any time, for anything. Watching them grow in their faith and their personal relationships gave him so much joy. Cal was Pam’s soulmate and best friend. He was our “tech support”, our giver of “Dad” jokes, our listening ear, and our go-to guy. Cal was generous and funny. He was our rock and our everything, and he will be greatly missed. God is still on the throne, and now he has another angel with him in Heaven. We are so grateful and blessed for all the love and support from our family, dear friends, neighbors, and coworkers during this time. It means everything. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Bertha VanDyke; father-in-law, Ron Nyenhuis; sister-in-law, Karen VanDyke; and niece, Megan Dill. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Pam; children, Cody (Abi), Cassie (Ethan); siblings, John (Rose) VanDyke, Marcia (Randy) Stewart, Doris (Dick) Dill, Richard (Sally) VanDyke; mother-in-law, Carol Nyenhuis; brothers-in-law, Dave (Julie) Nyenhuis, Jeff (Brenda) Nyenhuis, Jeremy (Elizabeth) Nyenhuis; sister-in-law, Jessica McClure; and many loved nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Cottonwood Church, 1101 Cypress Drive, Jenison, with Pastor Matt Palsrok officiating. The service will be live streamed and can be viewed at The burial will take place at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Sunday, February 21, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW. An additional visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to