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Robert Alan Achterhof, age 82, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents: John and Tena Achterhof and his brothers, Jack and William and sister: Ruth Whiteman. He is survived by his two brothers Paul and James Achterhof and sister Arlyn Batts (Jerry, deceased) and many special friends: Sergei Ivonin, Kevin Brady, Michael Arnott, and Verlyn Schultz.

Robert graduated from Calvin College and went to work as a teacher at Unity Christian High School and at Holland High School where he taught Music and English. He also directed numerous church choirs and played organ, notably at Cascade Christian Church in Cascade, MI.

Robert was a selfless person and enjoyed helping others. He will be greatly missed by friends and family. Upon his wishes cremation has taken place. Robert will be remembered with some special words from Pastor Jill Forton, on Sunday June 10, at Cascade Christian Church during the scheduled 11:00 a.m. church service. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Cascade Christian.

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Robert’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Ben Zandstra on June 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Bob was a breath of fresh air as a teacher at Unity Christian High School! May he rest in God’s peace & love & joy & music. (BZ, UCHS Class of ’71)

  2. Pat (Wagner) Schuuring on June 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I have nothing but wonderful memories of my years in choir thanks to Mr. Achterhof. I sang in his freshman choir, senior choir, accapella group, and senior trio with his direction at Unity Chr.

  3. Karen Peasley on June 11, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Rest in peace Uncle Bob. You will be missed.

  4. Buck & Thelma Matthews on June 12, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Dear Arlyn,

    We remember Bob with great affection from CCC and from Marne UMC (and you also). He will be missed by many. We were also sorry to learn that Jerry has passed. Our best wishes and deepest sympathy to you.

  5. Ruth Voetberg on June 15, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Mr. Achterhof was our English and Music teacher in Junior High at Cutlerville Christian School. Thanks to him, I can still diagram a sentence! It was more than 50 years ago, but I remember Mr. Achterhof fondly as a very caring teacher. My love of English began in his classes. Well done, Mr. Achterhof.

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