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

John S. Helder

Service: Private

Cemetery: Rosedale Memorial Park
Memorials: Community Recovery, a Ministry of the New Community Wednesday Churchman's Luncheon, 2340 Dean Lake Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505


John S. Helder, age 91, of Kentwood, was called to his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. John was employed by CW Mills Paper Co, WJBL Radio and City Sign Company in Holland, Zondervan Singspiration, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Fuller Funeral Home in Naples, Fl. He sang with King's Choraliers for 18 years, was part of the founding board of Sunset Manor, managed Helder's North Bay Resort at Big Star Lake for 14 years, worked with the City of Kentwood Planning, and was a leader with New Community Churchman's Luncheon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude; all his siblings and their spouses, four brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law. John will be lovingly remembered by his children, Karen Helder, Ronald Helder, Jim Eaton, Mary Van Noord, Robert (Cathy) Helder; five grandchildren, Lisa (Matt) DeHaan, Jonathan (April) VanNoord, Elizabeth (Jordan) Wheeler, Andrew (Nora) Helder, Jessica (Curt) Jennings; four great grandchildren, Emily, Kaitlyn, Owen, Alaina; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Delores Diekevers, Lillian Diekevers, June (Carol) Diekevers, Sharon (Nelson) Morren, Dennis (Dee) Diekevers, Pearl Diekevers, Marilyn Diekevers, and many nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held with Rev. Lew VanderMeer officiating. Interment will be in Rosedale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Recovery, a Ministry of the New Community Wednesday Churchman's Luncheon, which was a ministry that John held dear for many years.  Please send condolences for the family to Stroo Funeral Home by mail or online at


1095 68TH ST SE
# Lori Boeskool 2021-09-20 14:44
I was so sorry to read about your Dad's passing. Having just run into you recently after he had successful surgery I was a little surprised to read this.
Your Dad and my Dad were such good friends, going back a long way - I trust they had a joyful reunion! You and your family are in my prayers.
# Thomas Folkert 2021-09-20 01:23
Ron, sorry to hear about your dad's death. Difficult, no matter how long we've had them.
# kim houck 2021-09-18 14:18
So sorry for your loss !! prayers for your family

# John & Donna Vander 2021-09-17 14:27
Our deepest sympathy to the family since John"s untimely death. We loved him dearly and gave a handshake and a hug every Wednesday at the Men's Luncheon! We appreciated all the speakers he obtained for the luncheon and he will be sorely missed> Much love to the family, John & Donna Vander Meer
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