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 

Monuments & Markers

We are representatives for Black Monument Company.  Our staff can assist you with an appropriate memorial for your loved one, or you can go directly to:

Black Monument Company
2223 Kalamazoo Ave. SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49507
(616) 452-7802
www.blackmonument.com

Florists

Eastern Floral & Gift
(616) 949-2200 or toll-free (800) 494-2202
www.easternfloral.com

Ludema’s Floral
(616) 452-2961
www.ludemas.com

Sunnyslope Floral
(616) 457-5531 or toll-free (800) 765-9229
www.sunnyslopefloral.com

Holwerda Floral and Gifts
(616) 878-9696
www.holwerdaflorist.com

Wyoming Stuyvesant Floral
(616) 532-2315
www.wyomingfloral.com

Hotels

Holiday Inn Express Suites South
6569 Clay Ave. SW; Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(800) 875-6000
www.hiegr.com

Comfort Suites South
7644 Caterpillar Ct. SW; Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(616) 301-2255
www.comfortsuites.com
 

Hampton Inn Grand Rapids South
755 54th St. SW; Grand Rapids, MI 49509
(616) 261-5500
www.hamptoninn.com
  

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Wyoming
2150 Metro Lane SW; Wyoming, MI 49519
(616) 724-1234
www.hyattplacegrandrapidswyoming.com
 

Baymont Inn and Suites / Byron Center
8282 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW; Byron Center, MI 49315 
(616) 583-9535
www.baymontinns.com/hotel/17830

 

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Service Information

 Robert J. VerStrate
Visitation: Saturday, September 17, from 10 - 11 AM, prior to the service at Good News Baptist Church 
Service:   11 AM, Saturday, September 17, at Good News Baptist Church, 6830 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 49508

Cemetery: Winchester
Memorials: Good News Baptist Church http://www.gnbcgr.org/  or Kindred Hospice625 Kenmoor Ave SE #115, Grand Rapids, MI 49546  https://www.kindredhospice.com/

Robert J. VerStrate, of Dutton, MI, formerly of Byron Center, MI, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Thursday, September 8, 2022, one day shy of his 98th birthday.  Bob proudly served in the U.S. Navy on a Patrol Torpedo boat in the South Pacific during World War II.  Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Alice; two daughters, Sharon Lynn Leatherman, Diane Sue Tilma, and an infant son, Danny.  He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his wife of 32 years, Jessie; daughter, Kathy (Aaron) Cichocki; son, Mark VerStrate; sons-in-law, Doug (Darla) Tilma, Ken (Jan) Leatherman, Tony Starling; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-granddaughters; three stepchildren and their spouses; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Lyle VerStrate; sisters, Virginia Quain, Barb (John) Janovetz; sister-in-law, Evelyn Hamstra; many, many nieces and nephews.  The family will greet visitors on Saturday, September 17, from 10 – 11 AM, followed by the funeral service at 11 AM, at Good News Baptist, 6830 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.  Rev. Brian Cederquist and Rev. Terry Frazine will officiate.  Interment will be in Winchester Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good News Baptist Church or Kindred Hospice.

 
STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508 
Comments  
# Kim Edema Scherer 2022-09-13 17:41
Mr. VerStrate and his first wife Virginia watched me as a child from about 1 years old until I was about 10. I have very fond memories of Mr. VerStrate; or Grandpa, as I used to call him. I remember him playing with me, listening to stories on records, singing along to cassette tapes, riding on the lawn mower and sledding down the hill in the winter. I still have some of the cassettes he recorded for me. He was a sweet man and would almost always take time to play with me or just sit and watch the birds out the front window. As I got older I didn't need to be taken care of anymore and lost touch with him as life happens. He was sweet enough to come to my wedding 16 years ago and unfortunately, it was the last time I saw him. I will always remember him and my memories of that time with fondness and as my "Grandpa". Such a great soul will be missed. My prayers and thoughts go to the family in this difficult time, but hope the wonderful memories fill you with peace and love.
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