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John Herbert Schripsema


John Herbert Schripsema, 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 18, 2024. He was born February 7, 1939, in Chicago, IL to Marie and Hybo Schripsema. John completed his college education at Calvin College and became an English teacher at New Hall Middle School. He was a middle school teacher for over 30 years, touching so many of his students’ lives. John is survived by his siblings, Jerry (Beverly) Schripsema, Judy (David) Diephouse, Janet (Lawrence) Lindsey; and many nephews and nieces.  He spent the last 40 years of his life with his best friend and love of his life, Joyce Engelbert. John was an amazing bonus father to Joyce’s children, Angie, Julie, Natalie, and Dan. He lived his life helping others. John enjoyed interior decorating, following in his father’s footsteps. He loved to fish, was an accomplished pianist, loved to ballroom dance, play tennis, chess, and challenge anyone to a jeopardy match. John was a kind, loving and gentle soul who always saw the best in everyone and cared deeply for those he loved. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home, 3980 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, with visitation one hour prior. Pastor David Bosscher officiating. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

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  1. I was John’s student at Newhall Jr. High a long time ago. He was also a business partner with my dad around that time. I’m not the best at articulating my feelings in regard to things like this but I can say that the world is a slightly darker place without the light that John brought to it. May his memory and soul live on forever.

  2. Sending love and healing to John’s family and to Aunt Joyce. May his memories be a blessing.

  3. My dear friend Joyce, I remember when you met John so many years ago. A good man a dedicated friend to you and your kiddos. He will be missed. no doubt. Sending you hugs, prayers and love today. I’m sorry for your loss and grateful at the same time for your journey with John. God bless John as he is finally in his Father’s house in heaven ❤️🙏🏻

  4. What do I say cousin John was always the older cousin. He treated me with grace and understanding even though I’m 15 years younger touched so many lives, and I feel the loss of his presence. My prayers are with all of his family and friends in this time.

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