Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
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Rikus J. Mulder 
Visitation: Saturday from 10 to 11 am at the Byron Center First Reformed Church followed by the service 
Service: 11:00 am Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at Byron Center First Reformed Church, 2456 84th Street, SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Cemetery: Winchester Cemetery
Memorials: Emmanuel Hospice, 2161 Leonard St., NW; Grand Rapids, MI 49504

MULDER - Rikus Mulder, age 90, passed away on September 13, 2017 at Clark Home. Rikus was preceded in death by his parents, Rikus Mulder and Mary (nee Boven); the love of his life, Eleanor (nee Nederveld); three of he and Eleanor's children - Rosemary, Roxanne & Rick; siblings, Ann, Tony, Grace, Charles, Jeanette, Ethel (Babe), George, Ruth, and John. He is survived by his daughter, Robin Savara, son Randy Mulder, daughter-in-law, Pamela Mulder, special family friend, Denise Gill. Grandchildren, Ryan, Hannah, Ragan, Jillian, Clayton, and Owen. Great grandchildren, Lukas, Jackson, Coleman, Mason, and Eleanor Grace.  Sisters, Lois (Ken), Eunice (Clarence) and sister-in-law, Esther. In June of 1927, Rikus was born on the family farm near Prosper, MI. He was known to many of his nieces and nephews as Uncle June. Junior to some folks and Rick to many. Growing up on the farm provided him with a wealth of experiences that many of today's children do not benefit from. Of course, there was the work of being on a family farm and a member of a large family. There was also the fun of exploring the woods and gathering fish, fowl, and fur. Rikus met Eleanor in Cutlerville, MI. They were married in 1949 and moved to Byron Center, MI. Their marriage spanned nearly sixty years. Saturday entertainment was often an auction. He taught children to appreciate camping, fishing, and hunting and they took the kids and grandkids camping frequently. They continued to do this until shortly before Eleanor's passing. Rikus spent most of his working years traveling throughout West Michigan repairing appliances, lawn equipment and the like. For a majority of that time he worked for the Montgomery Ward Company. After Rikus retired from Wards, they built their dream home in Allegan County, MI and Gun Lake Community became their new home church. Rikus and Eleanor spent eighteen winters in Mission, TX. They took an extended driving trip from MI to Alaska, down the west coast and back to Michigan. It was quite an adventure. They went on a Western European tour that they truly enjoyed and talked of often. In later years, Rikus spent his free time building birdhouses, yard benches, chests, canes flowers and other wood crafts. Most of these works were branded with RJM and he donated many hundreds of his handmade items to local charities and shared them with family and friends. Services will be held on Saturday September 30, 2017 at First Reformed Church of Byron Center, 2456 84th St SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. Visitation beginning at 10:00 AM and the Service at 11:00 AM.  After the luncheon, interment will take place at Winchester Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice 2161 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504.

STROO FUNERAL HOME

1095 68th Street, SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Comments  

# Paul Helgren 2017-09-30 17:06
Rest in peace my friend. Spent many good times together. Your talents will be sadly missed. Our prayers are with your family.
# Schantz Family 2017-09-26 23:09
It saddens our hearts to hear of Rikus's passing. He was often in my parents thoughts. I can see my father Ralph and Rikus talking about old times. My father had passed in April of this year. I thoughts and prayers will be with you at this time.
# The Herman Family 2017-09-24 15:06
We extend our sincere condolences to the entire Mulder family. In sad times like this we have found comfort from God’s promise in John 5:28 -
Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice. - May this precious hope that awaits us and your cherished memories of Rikus bring you a measure of comfort now and in days to come.

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