October 28 2019
Obituary Dr. William Venema Jr., age 87, a man of faith, went to be with his heavenly father on Monday, October 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was born in Cicero, IL and spent most of his life in the Chicago suburbs. He attended Calvin College, where he met his wife Lois. He graduated from the University of Illinois School of Dentistry in 1956. Two years were spent as a Lieutenant in the Navy in California. Dr. Venema had a dental practice first in Oak Park and then in Western Springs, IL for 40 years. The family lived in Oak Brook, IL. Bill and Lois spent many years at their cottage on Hutchins Lake and wintered in Florida. He was an avid tennis player and golfer into his 80’s. Bill served on many boards, including Church Council, Timothy Christian Schools, Calvin College and Calvin Seminary, World and Home Missions, Rest Haven, and various dental organizations. He had a heart for missions and volunteered as a dentist in Nigeria and Liberia, Africa. He also spent much time in the Dominican Republic where he helped establish a Dental Clinic. The Venemas loved to travel and enjoyed many family vacations because he loved to spend time with his family. In 2002 the Venemas moved to Grand Rapids, MI. Bill loved people and made friends easily. He was always happy to entertain church groups, bridge players and his pool buddies. Bill is survived by his wife, Lois, of 67 years, and their three daughters: Susan Potter (Dennis), Carol Buist (Bob) and Mary Kaszuba (Tom); their grandchildren: Jennifer Huizinga (Dave), Eric Buist (Kendra), and Dr. Megan Everson (Josh); six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and William Venema, three sisters, one brother and their spouses. A Memorial Service will be held at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church (107 La Grave SE, Grand Rapids) on Saturday, November 9, 11 am, with a luncheon following. Visitation will be on Friday, November 8 from 3-5 pm and 6-8 pm at Zaagman Memorial Chapel (2600 Burton SE, Grand Rapids). Memorial contributions may be made to World Renew and Back to God Ministries International. “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8b To send flowers to the family of Dr. William “Bill” Venema Jr., please visit Tribute Store. Events Nov8 Visitation Friday, November 08, 2019 3:00PM – 5:00PM Zaagman Memorial Chapel 2800 Burton Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Get directions View MapTextEmail Order flowers for Dr. William’s Visitation. Guaranteed delivery before Dr. William’s Visitation begins. Nov8 Visitation Friday, November 08, 2019 6:00PM – 8:00PM Zaagman Memorial Chapel 2800 Burton Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Get directions View MapTextEmail Order flowers for Dr. William’s Visitation. Guaranteed delivery before Dr. William’s Visitation begins. Nov9 Service Saturday, November 09, 2019 11:00AM LaGrave Christian Reformed Church 107 LaGrave Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Get directions View MapTextEmail Order flowers for Dr. William’s Service. Guaranteed delivery before Dr. William’s Service begins. Memorial Contributions World Renew 1700 28th St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49508-1407 Back to God Ministries International 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Dr William Bill Venema Jr October 28 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Grand Rapids, state: Michigan