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

 

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Minert Brock, Jr. 
Visitation: Following the memorial service on Saturday, February 23, at Cutlerville East CRC 
Service: 11 am Saturday, February 23, at Cutlerville East CRC, 501 68th St. SE

Cemetery: Blain
Memorials: Cutlerville East Cadets, 501 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548 or Faith Hospice, 5100 Raybrook SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

          Minert Brock, Jr, age 72, of Byron Center, courageously fought and won the battle against cancer. He ran into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Junior passionately loved the Lord, had a zeal for life, and deeply adored his family.

            Junior grew up learning about the love of Christ. This love was modeled by his parents and Cutlerville East Christian Reformed Church family. Junior accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in his early twenties. He demonstrated God’s love throughout the rest of his life. He felt blessed to have the opportunity to shepherd and encourage others by serving as a deacon as well as elder at Cutlerville East. Junior also served his church community as a cadet counselor for 26 years. One of his favorite verses was Psalm 139:1, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” Junior chose this verse because it reveals that God relentlessly seeks and knows us intimately. He really enjoyed music and could be found humming or whistling various songs including old hymns as well as southern gospel songs.

            People who did not know Junior believed him to be quiet and reserved. However, those who had the blessing of knowing him well enjoyed the privilege of hearing his many goofy stories. He was also a practical joker.

            Hunting, fishing and camping were a big part of Junior’s life. Being outside and enjoying nature was a way Junior felt close to the Lord. While quietly waiting for a deer to walk nearby or casting a fishing line, a song would come in his head. Sometimes, the melody would make its way out as a whistle. Junior occasionally enjoyed these outdoor activities alone, but most of the time had a buddy or two join him. On occasion, grandchildren and other young people would come along. Junior wanted to pass along his passion for nature to the next generation.

Junior also loved the United States of America. He had the desire to serve and protect his country. Therefore, Junior enlisted in the Navy. He served from 1965-1967. He really enjoyed being in the Navy and would have signed on for another term. However, God had other plans. After marrying his high school sweetheart, they were blessed with their first daughter less than a year later. His new young family also needed full time love and protection.

Auto body repair was the trade he chose to support his family. Junior worked in this field until he retired in 2012. Vehicles changed throughout the years. Learning new techniques was difficult, but Junior rose up to the challenge. He worked hard to perfect his trade. His greatest joy was teaching others what he knew.

Junior will be loving remembered by his wife, Tress (Wynia) Brock. They would have been married 53 years this May. Junior leaves three daughters and one son. They are Michelle and StevenEssenburg, Carol and Kevin Rottman, Barbra and Lyle Leys, Mike and Dawn Brock and daughter-in-law, Sara Brock. The twelve grandchildren are Jeremy and Jill Essenburg, Lyndsay Essenburg, Sarah Essenburg, Katelyn Rottman, Jonathan Rottman, Kristin Rottman, Jordan and Brandy Leys, Jacob and Courtney Leys, Joseph Leys, Grace Leys, Samuel Brock and James Brock. The five great-grandchildren are Annabeth Essenburg, Rosalie Essenburg, Isaiah Vandermeer, Ava Leys, and Eowyn Leys.

Junior will also be remembered by his brothers and sisters. They are Trina Brock (sister-in-law), Joanne Ellens, Willard and Joyce Brock, Shirlene and John Mulder, Gladys and David Mulder, Rolene and Ade Gilder, Ardean (sister-in-law) and John VanderWall, and Jean and Bill DeWaard. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law are Ron and Nyla Wynia, Tina and Pete Haaksma, Shirley and John Scholten, Dick Wynia, and John and Judy Wynia. There are many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Minert and Jennie Brock, parents-in-law, Frank and Stella Wynia, brothers, Steve Brock, Robert Brock, brothers-in-law, Fred Lefebre, Stan Ellens, sisters-in-law, Donna Wynia, Mary Wynia, Helen Wynia, and grandson, Andrew Essenburg. 

            A private interment will take place at Blain Cemetery. Junior’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 23, at 11am at Cutlerville East CRC, 501 68th St. SE. There will be a time to meet with the family following the memorial service.

            Memorial contributions may be made to Cutlerville East Cadets or Faith Hospice.

STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST. SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508
616 455-9280

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