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Royal Lee Streicher Jr., age 61, of Fennville, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 15, 2021.  He was born August 30, 1959, in Holland, Michigan, to the late, Royal and Wanda (Harbison) Streicher Sr.  Royal graduated from Holland Public High School with the class of 1977, where he played football, and met the love of his life, Tamula “Tammy” Lynn Vander Yacht.   They married on May 23, 1980, in Holland at Trinity Reformed Church.  Royal followed his father in trade as an owner operator truck driver.  He hauled many different types of loads such as, refrigerated, nursery stock, steel, Christmas trees, and dump truck.

Royal was a man of many interests.  Among his hoard of many treasures, you would find scuba equipment with antique double hose regulators, hot rods, engines, car parts galore, motorcycles, minibikes, Schwinn banana seat bikes, tractors, farm equipment, Mack trucks, boats, trailers, wood working equipment, hunting gear next to pictures of his beloved hunting dogs, fishing gear, scale models, model trains, tools, classic movies, and history books just to name a few.  But, to those who knew him best.  Roy’s true passion was found in his big heart.  He helped family and friends in any way possible, usually in the form of a good mechanic and someone who knew things.  He played Santa Clause at the Pullman VFW for many years.  Roy was happiest when playing, swimming, and scuba diving in lakes with his grandchildren, and telling his many colorful stories of the exceptional life he lived.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Tammy; son, Benjamin (Heather) Streicher; daughter, Jennifer Streicher; his grandchildren, the joys of his life Mackenzie, Camron, Avery, and Aleeya; brother, Doug (Suzanne) Streicher; sisters, Loretta (Ray) Kleeves and Angela (Tim) Zuverink; father-in-law, Dale Vander Yacht; brother-in-law, Tim (Catherine) Vander Yacht; sister-in-law, Sandi (Bill) Busscher; brother-in-law, Randy (Denise) Vander Yacht, and countless other family members and friends of whom he loved dearly.

Royal was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Melanie Streicher; and mother-in-law, Nancy Vander Yacht.

Per his wishes, as is the Viking way, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be held at Fennville United Methodist Church, 5849 124th Avenue (M-89), Fennville, MI on Saturday August 21, 2021, at 11:00 am.

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




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  1. Skylar Zuverink on August 20, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    I’ll miss you uncle Roy. It still hasn’t set in that you’re gone. Please give hugs for me. We love you.

  2. Pam Tussey on August 20, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Every morning I look at the clock around 730am and think to myself Royal will be here anytime. He always had a smile on his face. One of the things that I admired most about Roy was how much he loved to help others! You will be missed My friend ❤️ condolences and prayers to the family.

  3. Bob and Kym Zumbrink on August 20, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences. He will be missed.
    Bob and Kym Zumbrink
    Dickinson True Value

  4. Diana (MacVane) McKay on August 27, 2021 at 9:19 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Royals passing he was a very good friend all the way back to high school. I will truly miss him and all his uplifting comments on Facebook, he always had something nice to say that made people feel good, we could all learn from that. It’s free to say kind things!! Rest In Peace my friend till we meet again.

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