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

Joseph Ray Black
Visitation: Monday, March 22 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Stroo Funeral Home 1095 68th St SE, followed by the service at 7:30 PM
Service: 7:30 PM, Monday, March 22 at Stroo Funeral Home

Cemetery: Winchester Cemetery
Memorials: Lifewater (

Joseph Ray Black, aged 45, of Kentwood, was called to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Joe loved spending time with family and friends and always had a great sense of humor. He had a passion for sports and enjoyed keeping track of the players and their stats. His father, Amos "Lonnie" Stagg; uncle, Blake Pannill; and his grandparents; preceded him in death. Joe will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his mother, Shawn Shepard; sister, Regina (Frank) Bednarsky; nephew, Brody; niece, Jersey; uncles, Mike (Chris) Pannill, Eric (Jeni) Pannill; aunt, Tonyah Pannill; and numerous beloved cousins. The family will greet relatives and friends on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Stroo Funeral Home, where a service in celebration of his life will begin at 7:30 PM.  Interment will be in Winchester Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Joe may be made to Lifewater (  Joe's recent ambition was to raise awareness and funds to buy at least one well and provide water, health, and hope of Jesus to the children and families of rural parts of Africa. You can read about a specific project with Lifewater and donate with this link;

1095 68TH ST SE


# Sandy Messerschmidt 2021-03-22 14:48
Oh my Dear Friend. Don and I Want to extend our sympathies to you and all of your family..Please take care care Shawn. Love you. Sandy.

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