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James F. VanVeghel


James F. VanVeghel, age 71 of Caledonia, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly, Tuesday, December 31, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy VanVeghel and special brother-in-law, Wally Lukas.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lois; children, Carrie (Scott) Gillespie and Dan (Paula) VanVeghel; grandchildren, Aidan, Ethan and Kaylie Gillespie, Grace and Austin VanVeghel; brother, Robert (Pat) VanVeghel; sister, Judy Lukas also brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.  Jim served in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Alaska.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.  Jim enjoyed helping with church projects and was always ready to use his God-given talents to help others.  His family and faith were very important to him.  The congregation of Cascade Christian Church was so appreciative of his leadership as General Contractor in the renovation of the sanctuary. Memorial services will be Saturday, January 4 at 2:30 PM at Cascade Christian Church, 2829 Thornapple River Drive SE, Rev. Jill Forton, officiating.  Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 – 2:30 PM at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Cascade Christian Church, 2829 Thornapple River Drive, SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan  49546.

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13 Responses

  1. Carrie – I am so sorry for your loss! We are never ready to say goodbye to our parents. Sending much love, hugs and prayers to you, Scott and the kids.

    Judy Driver

  2. My deepest sympathy to Lois and the rest of the family! This is a shock. He was a good man. Sending warm thoughts of comfort and healing.

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your loss, my heart and my prayers go out to you!

  4. Austin told us about the sudden loss of Jim. We are so sorry but also know he is in the loving arms of Jesus where his soul will remain. We have to cherish each day and never take one for granted. It is so hard to say good bye. Especially when it is so sudden. Know you are all in our prayers and that we are thinking about you.
    Our deepest sympathy.
    Lindy and Bert Crandell.

  5. My sincere condolences to the whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Carrie, I am more than saddened at the loss of your Dad. I pray for you, Scott, your children, Mom and your entire extended family that you find peace and comfort during this incredibly difficult time. I know that Jesus opened the narrow gate to let you Dad in! May we all be so blest. Much love and sympathy, -joanne

  7. Dear Carrie,
    We want you to know how sorry we are
    about the loss of your father!! He was
    such a wonderful person. God called him home to his eternal reward!

    Please accept our sincere sympathies to Lois and entire family.
    I am praying that the Lord will comfort you . May God Fill you with grace and blessings to endure through this time of adjustment and sadness!

  8. Lois,my heart breaks for you and your family. It is so hard to lose someone so dear. You had an amazing life with him. The comfort is he will be waiting for you when you arrive in heaven. Call me when things slow down and you need to talk. All my love.

  9. Carrie, our hearts are heavy but I know with confidence your dad is walking alongside the Lord in heaven. What comfort it is to know that! Blessings to you, Scott & kids, your mom, Dan and extendes family

  10. I am so very thankful for the time our families spent together growing up on our many adventures! Whether it was one of the countless camping trips we took or endless hours of cross country skiing we always had a blast! Most importantly, we learned how strong friendships can last a lifetime! I’ll always remember Uncle Jim with a smile on his face and a cold beer in his hand! I wish I could be there in person to pay my respects but please know you are all in our thoughts, prayers, and hearts during this difficult time.

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