At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
National Parkinson Foundation
200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131
Life Story / Obituary
Ernest Everett Bekken, 90, of Holland, met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday August 23, 2017. Ernest was born in East Saugatuck, Michigan and was a proud veteran. He served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Second World War. Mr. Bekken retired from Hart & Cooley after 41 years of employment. He was a kind and gentle man with a quiet steadiness about him; helping others was second nature, as was being a great listener to anyone that needed one. Ernest was a lifelong member of Maplewood Reformed Church in Holland.
He is Survived by his wife of 28 years, Barbara; daughters, Judy (Mark) Fredricks, Jackie (Mike) Mol, Karen (Larry) Plank; son, Dale Fredricks; son-in-law, Paul Gebben; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; in-laws, Grace Fredricks, Doris Van Huis, Art (Shirley) Johnson, Elaine (Harold) Peters; several extended families, and many friends.
Mr. Bekken was preceded in death by his first wife Lois; sons, Robert and Jack; daughter, Janice Gebben.
Visitation will be Sunday August 27 from 4-7p.m. at the Dykstra Funeral Home - Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd St., Holland. Rev. Aaron VanDerVeen is officiating the funeral ceremony at the Dykstra Funeral home - Mulder Chapel, Monday August 28, at 11:00a.m. A luncheon will follow at the funeral home. Committal and burial with military honors will take place at Graafschaap Cemetery in Holland. Memorial Contributions can be made to Hospice of Holland - 270 Hoover Blvd, Holland, MI 49423 or the National Parkinson Foundation - 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800Miami, Florida 33131. The family was served by the Dykstra Funeral Home - Mulder Chapel.