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  • Services:  11:00 a.m.  Friday, June 13, 2008 at Fort Custer National Cemetery near Battle Creek

Mr. Phillip Edward VanDyke, age 74, of Oakfield Township, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away early Monday morning, June 2, 2008 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids. The son of Robert J. & Jane M. (Beecher) VanDyke, he was born on Oct. 14, 1933 in Rockford, Illinois. After graduating high school, Phil served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

After returning home, he joined his father in the family business, VanDyke Portrait Studio in downtown Grand Rapids, which he continued until retirement. On Feb. 2, 1980, in Grand Rapids, he married Sally A. DeJohn. A long-time member of the Grand Rapids Lions Club, he also enjoyed fishing, yard work, and traveling.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Sally A. VanDyke; his children, Sarah Jane (Al) Smith, and Daryl VanDyke, all of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren, Savanah, Grace, & Alec; two sisters, Pam Brownell of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Coryne (Richard) Struik of Grand Rapids; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and committal services, with full military honors, are at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2008 at Fort Custer National Cemetery near Battle Creek.  Contributions in Phils memory are suggested to either Leader Dogs for the Blind (1039 S. Rochester Rd. Rochester, MI 48307) or the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108).


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  1. Anonymous on June 2, 2008 at 12:00 am


    06/25/2008 –

    Amy L Charles

    I remember fondly the man who took my senior photos and my wedding photos–with patience, humor and charm. The marriage didn’t last, but my memories of Phil VanDyke stayed on.
    My sympathy and kindest thoughts go out to Phil’s family, friends and loved ones. I hope that cherished memories will bring you comfort.
    Very sincerely, Amy L Charles

    06/10/2008 –

    keith & Amy suttorp

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Love Verna Strotbaum Keith & Amy Suttorp

    06/05/2008 –

    George and Maree Beckon

    We are shocked and saddened to hear of Phil’s death and our thoughts are with you. George and Maree

    06/03/2008 –

    Jim & Renie Hughes

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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