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Roger Alan Heemstra, age 64, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019 under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice at his son's home in Lowell.  The son of Robert & Margaret (Riemersma) Heemstra, he was born on February 11, 1955 in Grand Rapids and worked in the drywall and construction trades.

Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, bowling, gardening, farming, foraging, playing cards, and music and was a member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, National Turkey Federation, and a founding member of the FFFB.  Anyone who knew him, knew that he was a strong, hard working individual, always lending a hand to those in need. He was well known for his big smile and a good conversation.

Surviving are his children, Joshua Heemstra of Lowell and Melinda Heemstra of Grants Pass, Oregon;  two step-sons, Daniel Seymour of Bear Lake, and Matthew & Carrie Seymour of Rockford;  a grandson, Matthew Heemstra of Lowell; and two sisters, Linda Brifnek of Kalamazoo, and Nancy & Jack Kits of Byron Center.   

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Heemstra in 1989;  his mother, Margaret  Heemstra in 2018; and his brother, Gary Heemstra in 2012.

The family invites relatives and friends to join them from 12-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at Wabasis Lake Park, 11220 Springhill Drive, Greenville, to celebrate Roger's life and share in a time of food and fellowship.  

In memory of Roger and his love for the great outdoors, donations can be made to the State of Michigan – Nongame Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund.,4570,7-350-79137_79767_81160-44120–,00.html

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

 Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Ron and Joanne Rozema on June 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Fond memories of Roger going back to childhood family get-togethers. Always loved his smile. Sad with family over his too early passing. Ron and Joanne Rozema (cousin)

  2. Steve Van't Hof on June 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    This is upsetting.-á Just found out about Roger’s passing a few minutes ago.-á Roger was a unique child of God: a loyal friend and roommate (“The Pad”) who was always there to help.-á He had the most wonderful sense of humor – once, while we were driving down Eastern avenue he reached over, grabbed the keys out of my truck’s ignition and threw them out the window.-á Well, it was funny at the time.-á He may not have been the best goalie ever while playing for the mighty FFFB (Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers), but even after our losses (and they were numerous) he had us laughing like winners. -á

    So sorry I missed the remembrance today.-á There is so much more to tell.-á He was a blessing in my life.

    -á -á-á

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