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Jerry Meeuwsen age 83 of Zeeland, MI went to his eternal home on February 24, 2019 with his loving family beside him. Jerry was born on February 14, 1936 to the late John and Josie Meeuwsen. Jerry proudly served his country in the United States Army and on June 20, 1957  he married the love of his life Barbara DeRoo. 

Jerry was a self-employed carpet installer for over 35 years in the Holland, Zeeland, and Grand Haven areas. He was a member of Ottawa Reformed Church,  an avid fisherman, enjoyed deer hunting and could often be found working in his garden.

He is survived by wife, Barbara; sons, Joel (Sandy) Meeuwsen, & Marc (Brenda) Meeuwsen; grandchildren, Christy Bonstell (Andy Carey), Nick (Kristi) Bonstell, Joel (Kara) Bonstell, Sheryl Meeuwsen, Amanda Meeuwsen, and Alyssa Meeuwsen; 6 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary (Hank) Crum of Grand Haven, and Jan (Jay) Kuntz of Zeeland; brother and sister in-laws, Hazel (Wayne) Boeve of Holland, Herp (Loie) DeRoo of Zeeland, and Barb Meeuwsen (Earl) of Jenison, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his son, Chuck Meeuwsen; brothers, Earl Meeuwsen, and Ron Meeuwsen, sister, Ruth Wiebenga.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the wonderful people of Spectrum Health Hospice for their kindness and support during Jerry’s final days. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on March 14, 2019 at Ottawa Reformed Church, 11390 Stanton Street, West Olive, 49460 with the Reverend Michael Van Buren officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. 

In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice or Shriners Childrens Hospital, in Jerry’s honor.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jerry’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, exclusive provider of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Ron And Diana Martinie on February 26, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Barb and family so sorry for your loss

  2. Sandy and Chuck Martin on March 4, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Barb praying for you and your family.

  3. Steve De Witt on March 5, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Jerry was a great guy. I Had a chance to hunt with him and my grandpa Marv in Reed City many years. I have some wonderful memories especially the time I helped him with his first deer at Reed City!

  4. Marcia J TenBroeke on March 5, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Barb and Family My sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your husband, father, and grand father. May God give you Peace and Strength for the days ahead.

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