Serving West Michigan Since 1899

John Van Raalte Jr.

December 28, 1935 - November 5, 2018
Holland, MI



Friday, November 9, 2018
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Dykstra Funeral Homes
Mulder Chapel
188 West 32nd Street
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 392-2348
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Saturday, November 10, 2018
11:00 AM EST
Calvary Baptist Church
517 West 32nd Street
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 396-2724


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.

Calvary Schools
518 Plasman Avenue
Holland, MI 49423

Holland Rescue Mission
356 Fairbanks Avenue
Holland, MI 49423

Life Story / Obituary


John David Albert Van Raalte, Jr., 82, of Holland, Michigan, passed away Monday, November 5, 2018, while in hospice care. He fought a brief battle with bone cancer and was surrounded by family when he died. He is now absent from the body and present with the Lord.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 10, at Calvary Baptist Church, 517 West 32nd Street, Holland. Dr. David McKee and others will officiate. Friends and family may call on Friday evening, November 9, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd Street, Holland.

John was born December 28, 1935, in Holland, Michigan, to John and Lauretta Van Raalte. He graduated from Holland High School. On August 31, 1957, he married the former Frankie June Lawson in Holland. Frankie predeceased him on May 11, 2006. They had been married nearly 49 years at the time of her death. John was also predeceased by his parents and younger brother, Earl.

John worked hard all of his life until his retirement. He was a business owner and employee, and served as a Holland City Mission volunteer for many years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and served there as a bus pastor.

He is survived by his five children: Robin Ochampaugh and husband, Doug, of Holland; Cindi McKee and husband, David, of Stockbridge, GA; John Van Raalte of Holland; Tami Brinks and husband, Jim, of Bristol, IN; Dawn Hadaway and husband, Tim, of Cody, WY. He was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Schools or the Holland Rescue Mission.