Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 



Service Information

Rev. Sy Voortman 
Visitation:  Friday, June 22, from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home
Service: 11 am Saturday, June 23, at Bethel United Reformed Church, 8360 Cottonwood Dr., Jenison

Cemetery:  Winchester Cemetery
Memorials: Mid America Reformed Seminary, 229 Seminary Dr., Dyer, IN 46311  or Zion Christian School, 7555 Byron Center Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the age of 94, the Rev. Sy Voortman departed from this life to enter everlasting life with Christ his Lord and Savior. Sy proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. John Voortman (who died in the pulpit speaking at Sy's ordination); his mother, Anna; his stepmother, Helen; his brother, John Voortman; and his son-in-law, John VanHowe; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Clarence Eisenga, CoraMae and Newton Eisenga, Evelyn and Auke Douma, Clarence Rietema, Arie and Fran Bykerk, Adriana Kamstra, Neal and Loie Bykerk, and Gerald Bykerk. Sy will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 67 years, Martina; daughters, Suzanne (Mike) Green of Franklin, NC; Sarah and (Rev. Larry) Johnson of Hudsonville, MI, Sally (Steve) Tuinstra of Oak Lawn, IL, Shirlene (David) Eberlein of Jamestown, MI; 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; sister, Grada Rietema of Holland, MI; sister-in-law, Liz Voortman of LaGrange, IL; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bill Kamstra, Peg Bykerk, Gert Wolfert, all of Grand Rapids, Win (Rev. Al) Veltkamp of Albuquerque, NM, Mary (Clare) VanDyke of Tomball, TX; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Marty and Sy served the Christian Reformed churches in Cincinnati, OH, Corsica, SD, Racine, WI, Walker, MI, Oak Lawn, IL, and Dorr, MI. In retirement, Sy served part-time as pastor of visitation in the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Hudsonville and the Bethel United Reformed Church in Jenison. Services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 23, at the Bethel United Reformed Church, 8360 Cottonwood Dr., with Rev. Steven Postema officiating. Interment will take place at the Winchester Cemetery in Byron Center. The family will meet with relatives and friends on Friday, June 22, from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mid America Seminary in Dyer, IN, or the Zion Christian School.


1095 68TH ST. SE



# Kenneth Rietema 2018-06-22 14:51
Uncle Sy could be very serious and very funny. He almost Always had a joke to share and could laugh heartily if you had a good one yourself. I read his biography in one sitting and am glad he took the time to tell his own Story. He will be sincerely missed.
# Mark & Karen VanDyke 2018-06-21 14:27
Much love sent from the Texas folks that love the Voortman Family. I loved Uncle Sy. I remember his Buttermilk floats with dinner. He always took care to let me sit in the drivers seat of his New Mopar Product, telling me to tell my dad Van to get rid of that GM Bucket of Bolts. I am sure he has a Crown full of Gems in Glory and I look forward to seeing him again some glorious day. We will pray for Aunt Marty and the entire Voortman family for the Holy Spirit's Comfort and Strength. We love you dearly.
# Doris Mulder 2018-06-20 18:07
I have such great memories of this wonderful man of God. I know there is rejoicing in Heaven and also sorrow here on earth. Bruce and I are thinking and prayng for all of you, and especially you Aunt Marty.

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