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Robert Hoekstra

Robert R. "Bob" Hoekstra

Friday, January 6th, 1933 - Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
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Obituary

Robert R. “Bob” Hoekstra, age 87, U.S. Army Korean War Veteran, peacefully went home to be with his Lord on June 23, 2020. Beloved husband for 66 years to Arlene Hoekstra, née Evers. Loving father of Cindy (Ed) Schutt, Dale (Joni) Hoekstra, Rev. Timothy (Laura) Hoekstra, Daniel (Jana) Hoekstra and the late Janice Kay Hoekstra. Cherished grandfather of 16. Dearest great-grandfather of 27. Dear brother of the late Laverne (late Jack) Wagenaar and the late Donald (Joyce Davids) Hoekstra. Much loved brother-in-law of Chester, Jr. (late Myra) Evers, James (late Marilyn) Evers, Phyllis (late Charles) Persenaire, Sharon (Ken) VanderWoude, Laurel (Martin) Douma and the late Richard (Dorothy “Dottie”) Evers and the late Donald Evers. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Bob was a humble, kind, fun and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was devoted in his ministry serving at Kuyper College and Elim Christian Services.

Private service and burial at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

Memorials to:

Elim Christian Services
13020 Central Ave.
Crestwood, IL 60418

or

Kuyper College
3333 East Beltline Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

are appreciated.

Express your thoughts and condolences at colonialchapel.com. 708-532-5400
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Duane Bras

Posted at 10:45am
Arlene and family - know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Arlene and Bob were such a blessing to me when I was at RBC / Kuyper! Their love for the Lord and His work was shown through their lives each and every time I was blessed to be with them. Love to you 'Aunt' Arlene!

Lauren Hoekstra

Posted at 11:34pm
Hi Gramma and family! I’m so glad I got to see Grampa in December for a short visit. I will cherish that memory forever. He drove me to get Aurelios pizza!! Even though he wasn’t doing so hot and it was his last weekend at the house, he still laughed and joked with his grand daughter as we ate pizza and visited. Grampa was always a loving, kind, and soft spoken man. I will miss him so much but I am at peace knowing he is with our Lord and savior. Wish I could be there with you all tomorrow. Love you so much.

Xoxo

Your California gal - Lauren :)
 
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Cindy Schutt Posted at 09:52am

Hi Lauren! Thank you for your sweet thoughts and love for Grampa. He sure will be missed by all of us. Love, Auntie Cindy
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Donna VanderWall

Posted at 10:49pm
I have such great memories of being the family "baby sitter" way back when. Even thought to make chocolate chip cookies one day while there, but the "egg man" had no eggs. We had to call Grandpa to come and bring some eggs. Wonderful memories of Bob and the whole family. God Bless all of you!

Donna (Fennema) VanderWall
 
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Cindy Schutt Posted at 09:50am

Hi Donna! Mom loved your memory of the “egg man”. She remembers that moment! Thank you for that sweet thought! Love, Cindy

Jack Hoekstra

Posted at 10:39pm
Arlene and family, you are in our prayers at this difficult time. Bob was a great friend and dedicated servant of his Lord. I will cherish the many memories of working with him at Kuyper College (RBC). His dedication and loving respect for students and donors was truly a gift. I appreciated the fact that Arlene supported his work as well and was able to accompany him on many of his California trips. Truly, the two of you were ambassadors for a great school. And then his love and passion for Elim were well known also. He will be missed by many. I thank our God that He let me know Bob for a time, and enjoyed the privilege of working with him. May our Father grant you His peace!
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