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Our beautiful husband, father, and grandfather, John William Vroon’s love of life didn’t come to an end in his death. John passed away on Monday September 6, 2021, with his wife, two daughters, and son at his side at the age of 85.

John was a graduate of Calvin College and received his doctorate degree in education from the University of Tennessee. John was a Shining light of gentle wisdom, love, and compassion. Our best memories are being in his presence from fishing to joking, talking philosophy, theology, and politics.

John left a legacy of loving whomever he came to know; No matter what avenue from army reserve Veteran, paramedic, jail ministry, real estate, or just hanging with his family!

John’s greatest love, however, was his bride of 59 years, Mary Lois Vroon who he knew after one week of time, that she was the one he would spend the rest of his life with. The woman who truly had his full heart and spent his last few months pursuing with all his passion. No doors or windows would hold him!

John’s spirit will continue through his loving family of two daughters, Marie (Eric) Jansen and Patricia (Greg) Vroon-Frank; son, John (Sonya) Vroon; his nine amazing grandchildren, Brian Jansen, Sarah (Jason) Johnson, Nick (Megan) Jansen, David Warsen, Aaron (Emily) Warsen, Kyle (Reyni) Warsen, Ryan Warsen, Sam Frank, Logan, and Avery Vroon; six great-grandchildren; his sister, Beth Vroon Sytsema; and his Grace Church family and friends sprinkled all over Grand Rapids.

John has joined his four brothers and his grandson, David Warsen in the light of our creator! Love truly is what binds us together!

Thank you to all the many people who cared for our Dad in the last months of his life. We are grateful for your love and support.

A gathering of family and friends will take place on Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Grace Christian Reformed Church, 100 Buckley St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to

There will be a private graveside service for the family on Monday, September 20.

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

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.



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9 Condolences

  1. Betsy Vredevoogd on September 8, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Always loved your dad! He will be missed! Your in my thoughts and prayers! Love you all!

  2. Laura Knapp on September 8, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    No matter how tough a day or week you’ve had, Uncle John could make you smile, and even help you forget ALL about it for a little while at least. I am grateful to know he is delighting in the presence of his Savior Jesus, now, whole in body, mind, and soul. Love to and Mary and all my cousins and all their families as they gather to remember a wonderful man.

  3. Kelli Aboosamra on September 8, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I was sorry to hear of your family’s loss. He was always so nice and loving. Our families prayers and sympathies are with all of you.

    Aboosamra Family

  4. Nancy Krupp on September 8, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Marie, Eric and family, so sorry to hear about your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. You were here for me now it’s my turn to pray for you. Take it one day at a time, Dad’s are so special. Love, Nancy Krupp

  5. Lyn Jansen on September 9, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    I was always happy to see him at the Vroon family events. It was a pleasure to know him, and I’ll always remember him fondly!

    <3 Lyn

    "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV

  6. Barb Gatchel on September 10, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I always enjoyed when your dad was at the Pub with your family. I will be praying for your family in this difficult time.

  7. Bill and Marion Gathright on September 12, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Bill and I were so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We were a small bible study with John and Mary a number of years ago. We always enjoyed Johns input into our talks, and had great fun with both of them. He will be missed.
    Bill and Marion Gathright

  8. Robert J. Boerema on September 12, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    John was my brother-in-law , married to my dear sister Mary. Over many years we have enjoyed God’s blessings and times together with family and friends. I have known John , his Dad , Mother, brothers and sister in Miami where my wife Doris and I lived for many years. John was a wonderful guy and we have many fond memories of our times together. He and Mary enjoyed a long and happy marriage and they have been blessed with three “children” and now, several grandchildren. He and Mary have been witnesses for Christ through the years, and we know he is now with Christ and much happier than we can describe. I regret that the typical weaknesses of age prevent us from being with Mary and our Michigan family during this loss of John . . . all who knew him will miss him deeply.

  9. Sarah - West Michigan Hospice on September 14, 2021 at 11:31 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed the time I had with John. He had such a sweet and kind spirit. Praying for peace and comfort that only the Lord can give.

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