Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 

 

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Service Information

 Rev. Richard E. VanNorman
Visitation: Friday, May 24, from 10 am - 12 noon at Calvary Baptist Church, followed by the funeral service at 12 noon 
Service: 12 noon Friday, May 24, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1200 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI  

Cemetery: Private
Memorials: Highway Connections, 4554 48th Ave. Suite B, Hudsonville, MI 49426  https://highwayconnections.org/donate/. 

Rev. Richard Emery VanNorman, age 90, of Caledonia, MI, was called to his eternal home on Monday, May 20, 2024. Born in Durand, WI, Richard's life was forever changed in his late 30's when he acknowledged the need for his Savior, Jesus Christ, who called him to turn from his former ways and follow Him. Richard and his wife, JoAnn, sold their grocery store in Winona, Minnesota, and moved with their three youngest children to Michigan where he attended the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music. After graduation, he completed an internship at Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids and then faithfully served as pastor of visitation there for over 30 years where he was a blessing to so many. He loved people, fishing, hunting, chainsaws, and fried chicken. His youngest son, Richard W. VanNorman, preceded him in death.  Richard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 70 years, JoAnn (Blyton) VanNorman; children, Rick & Kathy (Kowalewski) VanNorman, Kyle & Linda (Schreiber) VanNorman, Renee & Dale Simmons, Kevin & Tamie (Hauskins) VanNorman, Beth (Warren) VanNorman, 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Nelle Posner; in-laws, Gayle VanNorman, Otis Blyton, Brad & Lynda Blyton, Anna Blyton; and many nieces and nephews. The family will greet visitors from 10 am - 12 noon on Friday, May 24, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1200 - 28th St. SE, where the funeral service will begin at 12 noon. Rev. Jeff Halsted will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highway Connections, 4554 48th Ave. Suite B, Hudsonville, MI 49426  https://highwayconnections.org/donate/.

STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508 
Comments  
# Gail Brunsell 2024-05-27 01:08
Pastor VanNorman was a great blessing to me and my children over many years! He was so kind, helpful and encouraging! He always pointed people to trust in the Lord! Praying for his family!!
# The Hamiltons 2024-05-23 21:04
We send our condolences and prayers for the Van Norman family. We’re very sorry for your loss.
# Beverly Lawrence 2024-05-22 18:12
Pastor Van was a friend when my family needed one. I won't go into details but I will always be grateful to him.
Another time when my mother in law passed he got me out of Bible Study and drove me to the hospital and helped us through everything. He was always there when needed.
Praying for the family..
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