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Stephen Douglas Meeter, age 71, was peacefully swept out of the arms of his loving wife, Kimberly, and into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ at his home the morning of November 22, 2016. Steve was a lifelong resident of West Michigan, born at Butterworth Hospital to his parents, Douglas Sylvester and Frances Katheryn Meeter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marge Pattison; half-sister, June Meitl. He leaves behind his wife, Kimberly; father-in-law, Donald (Cheryl) Boven, and former wife, Barb; daughters, Kari (Mike) Cervantes, and Susan (Gordon) Constantine; step-sons, Brandon (Sarah) Balkema, and Craig Balkema; brother-in-law, Donald (Jacquelyn) Boven; grandchildren he was so very proud of:  Tanya, Kayla, Heather, Danielle, Dylan, Lauren, Lydia, Natalie, Selah, and Jackson; and great grandson, Kahlo. Along with his family, Steve had many lifelong friends that he considered family, including Jim Hall, Craig Marsh, Robert Burchfield, Richard Burchfield, Richard Coombs, and Brooke Sheldon, whom he considered a daughter.

Fifty-sixty year relationships are very rare and should serve as a testament to this man’s “Heart and Soul”. Steve was a graduate of Central High School and Davenport University with a degree in Distribution and Traffic Management.  After College, he joined the National Guard. His entire working career was in the Freight Transportation Business, where he had been a respected and loved icon, and mentor to many in this industry. He was also a member of Delta Nu Alpha, and a member of and multi-year past President of the West Michigan Transportation Club. Steve held many different titles and responsibilities. He began his career working for Interstate Motor Freight System as a night Rate Clerk, and worked his way up to Director of Rate/Audit Systems.  He also worked for Gainey Transportation as a National Account Representative for 9 years, and Van Eerden doing the same for 13 years before he retired.

Steve had a passion for being on the water. In his younger days, he sailed his Hobie Cat on Gun Lake, and then went on to own many Cabin Cruisers.  Each year he could not wait for summer, so he could be on his boat in Grand Haven sharing his days with his friends and family. He was a great Captain, and to quote Steve, “Boom, Boom, there you have it.”

All services will be held at Heritage Christian Reformed Church, 3089 84th Street SW, Byron Center. A visitation will take place on December 6, 2016 from 6-8 pm. His Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, with Pastor Jim Boer officiating, and visitation one hour prior. A luncheon will follow the service at the church in the ARC.

In lieu of flowers please consider contributions in Stephen’s memory to Mary Free Bed or Heritage Christian Reformed Church. Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 

“My Flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26


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  1. John Wahlberg on November 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I lost track of Steve for many years after Central class of 64. But I had the good fortune to reconnect with him at an all 60’s re a few yeare ago.

    A good man gone too soon. Rest in Peace Steve!

  2. Lainie Klaasen on November 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I never had more fun with anyone! I loved working with Steve! He could always make me laugh! I’m going to miss him so much!

  3. Shannon Senyko on December 7, 2016 at 10:13 am

    So sorry for your loss Kim. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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