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Gordon (Gordy) Goudzwaard, age 64, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Trillium Woods Hospice. He had suffered for many years from the complications of diabetes, which eventually took his life.

The son of Warren E. & Geraldine (Morsman) Goudzwaard he was born on January 29, 1953 in Grand Rapids. Gordon was a 1971 graduate of Union High School and later Grand Valley State University.  Among many jobs, he was employed as a postal worker, refuse collector and water treatment plant technician.

Gordon was proceeded in death by his parents; and his dear brother, Norman (Foogie).  Surviving are his loyal and loving wife, Cindy (Dykman) who selflessly cared for and supported him during his long illness.  They were together for 29 years, during which they traveled and indulged his sense of adventure.  They lived in Grand Rapids, Gladstone and for most of their marriage in Big Rapids.  They lived and promoted the simple things in life.  Gordy was proud of their use of solar panels in helping to preserve the environment and money.  He was keenly interested in politics, sports, current events and geography.  In addition he had an endearing sense of humor and love for Arnold Ziffel (Green Acres) for which he will be remembered. 

He is also survived by his sisters, Jane (Ken) Seitz and Susan (Dave) Dooge; mother-in-law, Lynn Kranendonk; sister-in-law, Lisa (Jim) Nagel; brother-in-law, Stephen Dykman; amusing and aptly named dog Spunky, who provided unconditional love; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the compassionate care given by the staff of Faith Hospice and Trillium Woods.  

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Faith Hospice.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Greg Hipp on March 26, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    My sincere sympathy to the family of Gordy. I knew him from Union High where we were players together on the basketball team for the last three years before graduation. He was a good guy and we had a special bond as team mates.

  2. City of Big Rapids on March 27, 2017 at 9:57 am

    The City of Big Rapids is sorry to hear about the passing of Gordon. He used to work at the City’s water treatment plant. Please accept our sincere condolences.

    Tamyra K. Gillis, City Clerk
    City of Big Rapids

  3. Kevin Cushway on March 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Gordon was great to work with at the Big Rapids Water Treatment Plant, prayers for Cindy and family

  4. Harold Post ( The Redmam) on March 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    You will be missed my friend , see you at tracks end .

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