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Ronald J. Buist, age 67, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer with his wife and daughter by his side. Ron was born on July 11, 1949 in Grand Rapids to Andrew and Gertrude (Vos) Buist.

Ron was born a son of a farmer and continued to farm through his early years, then his career included being a truck driver and he owned a greenhouse for a few years. He married his wife, Nancie (Erickson) on May 4, 2014 in White Cloud. Ron enjoyed watching Nascar and football, hunting, camping, and fishing with his wife and friends. Ron also loved the Lord with his whole heart and had an understanding of God’s forgiveness, restoration and second chances. He never took that for granted. He was a faithful member of the Church of God Ministry Center, White Cloud, where he served as a member of the intercessory prayer team.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, and Dale; and his niece, Deb.

Surviving are his wife and best friend, Nancie; daughter, Melanie (Jon) Buist-Stover of Jenison; brother, Andy (Micki) Buist of Hudsonville; sister, Sharon (John) Bouma of Holland; sister-in-law’s, Gerry Buist, and Carol Buist both of Allendale; along with many nieces, nephews and his church family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Church of God Ministry Center, 1621 S. Evergreen Dr.,White Cloud, with Bishop Jim Fader officiating, on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Church of God Ministry Center- Children’s Camp Fund.

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 

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  1. R,P. Buist on January 10, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Our heart-felt sympathies to
    the family and friends of Ron. May he live in eternal
    peace with the Lord.



  2. Doug & Shirley Van Dyke & Family on January 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Melanie, I wanted to send you a note that you and the family were in our thoughts and prayers over this past week after learning that your Dad (our Uncle) had died. We understand that this is not an easy time, but know that Uncle Ron is now with the Lord.
    Take care,

    Doug & Shirley Van Dyke & Family



  3. Melanie Buist on October 2, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    I Love and Miss you DAD!
    I Hope I can see you again soon, life down here isn’t anything like I had ever hoped or dreamed, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better:(
    People here on earth don’t seem to know how to treat each other with Love and Respect anymore…& it’s really quite sad! I truly miss you, and your hugs!! Your sweetheart, George aka Melanie



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