Wednesday, May 10, 2023
12:00 PM EDT
Grace Episcopal Church
555 Michigan Ave
Holland, MI 49423
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Life Story / Obituary
Rod Reinink was a good friend, great husband, awesome father and even better grandfather – aka “G” – who also made a great homemade pizza.
Rod’s life began in Holland MI on May 1, 1960. He was the second of four sons to Terry & Jan Reinink.
Rod attended Holland High School where he fell in love with the girl who would stay with him for the rest of his life. Rod Reinink and Sally Van Duren had a bond that could not be broken, even though he went to Ferris State and she went to Valparaiso. Rod left Ferris after a year and started working at Trendway Corp where he was employed for 41 years in Logistics, retiring in April of 2020.
Rod and Sally were married in 1984 – life was a whirlwind of jobs, houses and children quickly followed. They welcomed Phillip, Sarah and Kyle into their family and eventually settled into their forever home in Holland Heights. Their home was a gathering place for all their kids’ friends, sports teams and Rod would always welcome everyone with open arms.
Rod was a quiet, generous and loving person who had a keen sense of humor and was a jokester. He loved playing with his grandchildren and hanging out with friends having a cold beverage. Rod was a Boy Scout with Troop 157 and achieved the highest level of Eagle Scout at the age of 16. He was a Reserve Police Officer for the Holland Police Department for 10 years and earned “Reserve Police Officer of the year” in 2006. He coached Rocket Football and 7th grade football for Holland Public Schools and also was an official for several years. He was a site supervisor at Matt Urban Complex for many years and also was a volunteer at Harbor Humane Society. He enjoyed his Thursday night golf league with his friends.
The last few years of Rod’s life were a struggle as the ugly grip of early onset dementia took hold. One by one the memories of a beautiful life flickered and dimmed, but he continued to find comfort whenever surrounded by love, laughter, and family.
On May 5, 2023, Rod shed his earthly life and made a peaceful exit, filled with the love that surrounded him his whole life; his mind is now free.
Rod is survived by his wife Sally of 39 years; children, Phillip (Kristin) Reinink, Sarah (Blake) Simon, Kyle (Grace) Reinink; his precious grandchildren, Reese, Crue, Grady Reinink, Brody and Leah Simon; father, Terry Reinink; brothers, Tim (Cindy) Reinink, Jeff (Wendy) Reinink; sister in law, Christal Reinink; brother-in-laws, Charles Van Duren and John Van Duren. He was preceded in death by his mother Jan Reinink and brother Tom Reinink.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at Dykstra Funeral Home - Mulder Chapel, 188 W 32nd St, Holland. A service will be on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 12, noon at Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Jen Adams officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Harbor Humane Society, Holland Hospice or Faith Hospice Trillium Woods.