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Kock Seng Chee, 72, of Grand Rapids, MI, went home to the Lord on the morning of June 13, 2022. Born in Parit Buntar, Perak, Malaysia, Kock Seng was a true citizen of the world. Living on three different continents across the span of his life, he extended the grace and love of God to everyone he met, engaging in each conversation with deep curiosity and interest. His adventurous spirit, persistent optimism, and contagious smile always reflected his consistent focus on people and connection across the globe. Kock Seng handled his diagnosis of Multiple System Atrophy with joy, kindness, and resilience until the end.  He is preceded in death by his father, Ah Kong Chee, mother-in-law, Jessica D. Kuizema, and brother-in-law, Goh Simon, and is survived by his 104-year-old mother, Chan Yoke-Eng, his 97-year-old father-in-law, Harold J. Kuizema, his wife of almost thirty years, Joan Kuizema Chee, his daughters, Jessica Yoke-eng Chee and Carole Yoke-kew Chee, his brothers, Chee Ah Chai (Susan), Chee Sai Chai (Nancy), Chee Ong Koh (Suan Phaik), his sister, Chee Gladys, half-sister, Chee Foong-Kin (Kenny), and siblings-in-law Diane (Mark) DeHaan, Ellen (Norm) Thomasma, and Carole (Albert) Valk. He also leaves behind sixteen nieces and nephews and twenty-two great-nieces and -nephews.

Home visitations with Kock Seng’s immediate family will be held on June 18 & 19 from 2-5pm. A memorial service will be held at the West Michigan Friendship Center (3665 29th St SE #1811, Kentwood, MI 49512) on June 21, 2022 from 7-9pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to The Navigators (Staff Account: David 72306; The Navigators, PO Box 6079, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6679), the Meagher family (CurePSP c/o Mary Jo Meagher Legacy Fund, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10001), and/or the Defeat MSA Alliance (Defeat MSA Alliance, 29924 Jefferson Ave, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48082). Donations can be done online and envelopes will also be available at the memorial service.

Philippians 1:21 (ESV): For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006.


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  1. Su-Lin on June 18, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Dear Uncle Kock Seng, thank you for sharing your spirit with us. Thank you too to Auntie Joan, Jessica and Carole, for doing the same. Love from us all, Karsten, Su-Lin, Aimée and Annette in Munich.

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