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Howard Bronkema

May 28, 1940 January 28, 2020
Howard Bronkema
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Obituary for Howard Bronkema

Howard Bronkema, age 79, of Grant, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved
ones on January 28, 2020 in Grand Rapids. During his life he was a faithful disciple of
Christ and is now in the arms of his Lord and Savior. He was born on May 28, 1940 to
John and Gertrude (VanderVluct) Bronkema in Lucas, Michigan. On October 20, 1961
Howard married Patricia Ann Schuitema. Howard and Pat made a life in Grant,
Michigan with their two children.
Howard worked as an engineering technician for the state of Michigan for nearly 40
years. In addition, he devoted 30 years of his life to Love INC of Newaygo County.
While he was a willing volunteer there, he also served many years as President of their
Board. Howard considered his most important work to bring others to Jesus. He was
always ready with his testimonials of the gospel. In particular, his family fondly recalls
how each Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter he would create his own sermon and
minister to them before their holiday meal. In addition to his work, Howard loved to golf,
bowl, and travel the United States with his wife, Pat.
Howard is survived by his wife, Patricia, his son, David Bronkema, his daughter, Kim
(Randy) Epema. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Jill Bronkema, David Jr.
(Jennifer) Bronkema, Haley Epema, Jonah Epema; three great-grandchildren: Willow
Bronkema, Aiden Bronkema, Lucas Howard Bronkema, sister: Joyce (James) Wright
and brother-in-law Mervyn Witt. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister,
Dorothy Witt.
Visitation will be held Sunday, February 2, 2020, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Fields-McKinley
Grant Chapel.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020, 11:00 am at the Grant
Community Church, 115 W. State Rd. Grant, Michigan, with Pastor Steve VanderWest,
officiating. Visitors may greet the family one hour prior to the service. Burial will take
place in the Hillside Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the The Gideons International PO Box 302, Grant,
Michigan 49327. Please share your memories of Howard online at
www.fieldsmckinley.com.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

2

Feb

2:00 PM 2/2/2020 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 2/2/2020 5:00:00 PM
Fields-McKinley Funeral And Cremation Services - Grant, MI

45 East Main Street
Grant, MI 49327

Fields-McKinley Funeral And Cremation Services - Grant, MI
45 East Main Street Grant 49327 MI
United States

Visitation

Monday

3

Feb

10:00 AM 2/3/2020 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/3/2020 11:00:00 AM
Grant Community Church

115 W. State Rd.
Grant, MI 49327

Grant Community Church
115 W. State Rd. Grant 49327 MI
United States

Service

Monday

3

Feb

11:00 AM 2/3/2020 11:00:00 AM
Grant Community Church

115 W. State Rd.
Grant, MI 49327

Grant Community Church
115 W. State Rd. Grant 49327 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Hillside Cemetery Final Resting Place

128th Street
Grant, MI 49327

128th Street Grant 49327 MI
United States
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