Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Ken Koning

May 21, 1931 - March 12, 2020
Holland, MI



Sunday, March 15, 2020
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Dykstra Funeral Homes
Northwood Chapel
295 Douglas Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
(616) 392-2348
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Monday, March 16, 2020
11:00 AM EDT
Third Reformed Church
111 West 13 Street
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 392-1459


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.

Michigan Parkinson's Foundation
30400 Telegraph Road, Suite 150
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
(800) 852-9781
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Life Story / Obituary


Ken Koning, age 88, of Holland, passed away peacefully at American House of Holland, on Thursday, March 12, 2020. He was born May 21, 1931 to Robert and Ella Koning of Holland, Michigan. Ken graduated from Holland High School in 1949, participating on both the basketball and baseball teams. In 1951 he married the Love of his life and his Soulmate, Arloa Geerlings, (his “Squirt”). He spent his career of almost 40 years at Baker Furniture in the Shipping Department. In his free time, Ken enjoyed softball and basketball leagues, bicycling and bowling with Arloa, and later horseshoes, and tennis on Nettles Island, Florida. Family activities gave him great joy throughout the years. Ken was a lifelong member of Third Reformed Church of Holland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arloa in 2013, after 62 wonderful years together. He was also preceded in death by siblings, Roger (Marlene) Koning, Leona (George) Nykamp, Patricia (Bill) McVea, and in-laws Melvin Greving, Harvey (Ang) Geerlings, Ruth (Eugene) Michielsen, Marian (Dale) Engelsman, Carolyn (Herb) Otten, Claus Steenwyk.

Ken was a wonderful and loyal husband to his wife, Arloa, and supportive father, grandfather, and great grandfather, attending their many activities and sporting events. He is survived by his children, Deb (Jim) Kiekover of Holland, Peg (John) Currie of Plymouth, Michigan, Sherri (Randy) Chester of Florida, and Bob (Nancy) Koning of Holland. Also surviving are grandchildren and great grandchildren, Evan and Candice Currie (Ben, Jay), Shawna and Chris Robinson (Lindsay, Harper), Ryan Carden and Jennifer Doornewerd, Kiel Carden (Kaila, Camilla, Skyler), Riley Koning, Jamie and Lee Slenk (Autumn, Beau, Clint, Deke), and Mitch and Anna Koning, his sibling Marcia Greving, and in-laws, Rose (George) Bouma, Bob (Linda) Geerlings, Ethel Steenwyk, Paul (Jan) Geerlings, Evelyn (Ron) Brouwer, Dave (Linda) Geerlings.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 16, at 11 AM, at Third Reformed Church, 111 West 13th Street, in Holland. Officiating will be Reverends Kent Frey and Kama Jongerius. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 15, from 4-7 PM, at Dykstra Funeral Home-Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Avenue. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.