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Nicholas Jay VanDoeselaar, age 22, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully after a long fight on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 with loved ones by his side.


The son of Shannon Meyer & Rusty VanDoeselaar, he was born on July 5, 1996 in Grand Rapids.


Nick was the type of person who had a presence about him.  He had a wonderfully contagious smile and loved laughter.  Nick was an avid fisher who loved the culinary arts and dreamed of becoming a chef.  When he was with friends and family, you could find him playing disc golf and getting “Fuzzy”.  Nick was also a caring person who, when he could, would give out food to the homeless.  He also had a love for tattoos and simply being with the people he cherished.


Nick will be remembered by his mother, Shannon Meyer & Chazz Brant; father Rusty VanDoeselaar; his siblings Skylar, Jacob and Rellik; half sister Ellie, his Grandma & Grandpa Zimmer; grandparents Ken & Glenda VanDoeselaar, as well as lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He will also be missed by his many friends.


Please join the family for a time of visitation on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, with the memorial gathering beginning at 4:00 p.m.


Please consider a donation in Nick’s honor to the Brain Injury Association of America to continue their focuses on education, training, research, and advocacy. A lot of their efforts are on national TBI advocacy and policy-related work to help improve the quality of life of individuals living with these serious injuries. With regard to its research, BIAA’s initiatives are in the area of rehabilitative and physical therapy-related treatment for people who are living with traumatic brain injuries.


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  1. Shannon moody on August 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you in this time of need.

  2. Don Snyder on August 1, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Sorry for your loss shanon

  3. Amber Mobley on August 1, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    You will be truly missed and for Shannon and the family we send our condolences and love to you all

  4. Dale and Jane Zimmer on August 2, 2018 at 9:47 am

    We love you Nick and will remember all of our memories. We will miss you. We will watch the Spartans play with my bear Made out of your Spartan sweatshirt. I will cherish it forever. Rest in heaven my Nickel Pickel.

  5. Nikki S. on August 2, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Shannon and family – You are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace will give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you, and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

  6. Cassi & Fish Townes on August 2, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Rest Easy Nephew. We love you, and will always think of you and miss you! Love you Shannon, Chazz, Skykar, Jacob, and Rellik!!

  7. Becca W on August 4, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I didnt expect to have to do this yet nick, Im sorry you struggled for so long you were an extremely amazing young man such a bright spirit and so full of life and love. You made everyone around you laugh and always up for some crazy stuff definitely your moms wild child you are deeply missed and loved be sure to ask Shawn for square lol love you bunches Shannon and Chaz skylar Jacob and rellik only a call away

  8. Kimberly Ellin on August 4, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    RIP NICK. Always you will live on in our hearts and the memories we have of you.

  9. Amber Gregg on August 4, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Nick your light will shine always.. Love you shine bright !! peace and love and light to you shannon and family

  10. Suzie on August 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    I may not have known you in this world Nick but I am positive I will know you in the next. You and your family were and still are an inspiration of strength and tenacity. Rest peacefully knowing that your friends and loved ones have a bounty of people who care deeply for them and that they can lean on us. I raise my glass in honor of you and may we meet someday in Shangri La! Whoop whoop!

  11. Aryan Scott on August 4, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    R.I.P. Big Cousin I know we weren’t very close because of far age difference and I rarely saw you but I love you with all my heart and I’m happy u aren’t suffering and in pain anymore all though I wish I had more memories with you and was closer to you but I love you forever and always and I’ll see you again one day

  12. Jason Faanes on August 5, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Peace be with your family brother. I know you will watch them

  13. Dawn on August 5, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Nick you will truly be missed by touched so many lives..we will always miss your presence but it’s at those times we will look back at the wonderful memories we have with you and we will look up with a smile knowing you are shining down on us…I love you nick..until we meet again…RIParadise..Aunt Dawn

  14. Deborah Steinberg on August 5, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Nick has touched more lives in his short walk on the earth than most do in a long life.
    Nick’s courage and strength are only part of a long and oft times painful journey. His journey doesn’t end here, his legacy begins!
    My sincere and humble condolences to all who grieve his passing.
    Rest in Glorious Peace Nick! You are so very loved.

  15. Maria Sanchez on August 9, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Im sorry for your lost and i wish i was there hes my brother and my family always and forever – Javi
    Im sorry for your lost i know what you are going thru i have lost alot of relative’s and friends , Nick to me is a good friend to me like he was to my son and im gonna miss him, sorry for your lost and if you need anything- Will
    Im sorry and we are here for you guys – Sam
    Im sorry for your lost and nick met the world to us – Maria

  16. Diya Yahya on August 10, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Nick, I’m glad I was given a chance to be blessed by your presence. You were truly a fighter and will greatly be missed. Praying for your family during this sad time.

  17. Jesse & Jessica Gordon and Family on August 10, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Sending our love to you, Shannon and family! You all are in our thoughts! Nick will be remembered for the awesome young man he was.. very caring & thoughtful. Always down to help in any way possible..and a fighter till the very end!! May he rest peacefully in Shangri la! Much love Ninja…YOU WILL BE MISSED!

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