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Richard Lee Wierenga

• Dec 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Heaven gained a wonderful, caring angel. He raised himself out of his wheelchair and walked through Heaven’s gates and is healed! Richard “Dick” Lee Wierenga, 68, peacefully left this world on December 11, 2018.

Dick is survived by his beloved mother, Delores; sister, Jan Wierenga; brothers, Robert (Helen) Wierenga and Harold (Sherry) Wierenga Jr.; niece, Kari (Mark) Maier; nephews: Harold (Ashley) Wierenga III, Ryan (Janeen) Wierenga, Matt (Tania) Wierenga and Jeremy Wierenga; great-nieces and great-nephews: Lily, Gavin, Alex, Ella, Colette, Annaleigh, Zaina, Leo and Harold IV (Henry). He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Wierenga Sr.

Dick graduated from GHHS in 1969. He worked for Bastian Blessing, National Products and Falcon Tool. He was a life-long member of Second Reformed Church, where he played softball and bowled in the church leagues. Dick loved spending time with his family and helping wherever possible. He coached baseball and softball, and loved watching his niece and nephews play sports. He was always there to help family and friends with projects. He loved to babysit his nieces and nephews, which always meant getting into trouble with them. Sometimes he was more of a kid than them, and he was proud of that fact.

Dick was an avid sports fan; he loved the Tigers and the West Michigan Whitecaps. He enjoyed going to games and getting autographs while hanging out with his baseball buddies. Dick was also a loyal, kind caregiver to his mother and father. In January 2016, Dick fell and broke his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic. While many would have given up, he decided it was his goal to go to the opening day of the Whitecaps and recover and walk again. He was determined in his rehabilitation! While walking with assistance and a walker, Dick showed amazing courage while radiating a positive energy; affecting everyone he met.

The family would like to thank everyone who lovingly supported Dick. To all the staff at Grand Pines Assisted Living, the family deeply appreciates the love, kindness and support that was given to Dick. Thank you to the Pines for giving him the best quality of life, which was more than we could have ever imagined. This compassion and love for Dick enriched his life immensely. Thank you also to the staff at North Ottawa Community Hospital and Hospice of North Ottawa Community.

A Memorial Service for Dick will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Second Reformed Church in Grand Haven, with Pastor Dan Eisnor officiating. Visitation will be on February 8, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m., also at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Richard Wierenga’s name to the Whitecaps Community Foundation. Memorials may be sent to: Whitecaps Community Foundation, 4500 W. River Drive N.E., Box 428, Comstock Park, MI 49321, or on their website at www.whitecapscommunityfoundation.org. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Dick’s online guestbook.

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