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John Richard Zuiderveen
  • In honor of John, contributions may be made to St Paul's Episcopal Church of Key West or Friends of the White Pine Trail.

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“Kathy, Russ Herman just mentioned John's passing last evening. I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 34 | Posted by: Paul Kellermann - Grand Rapids, MI

“I am so sorry to hear about John. he was a great individual and a fun person to know. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. John Culver and...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“Kathy, Robin and Michael I am sorry for your loss. Praying for your comfort, peace and strength. ”
3 of 34 | Posted by: Natelia Godfrey - Grand Rapids, MI

“Kathy,I am so sorry for your loss, and send thoughts and prayers for you and the entire family. ”
4 of 34 | Posted by: Kathy Mullen - Grand Rapids, MI

“Kathy:So very sorry to read about John's death. I enjoyed getting to know him during those fund raisers for AFSN. I hope and pray that you and your...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“I have wonderful memories of my years working with John at Plante & Moran. As a young professional cutting my teeth, I was very fortunate that John...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Andy and Sue Johnson - Grandville, MI

“I have wonderful memories of my years working with John at Plante & Moran. As a young professional cutting my teeth, I was very fortunate that John...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: andy and sue johnson - grandville, MI

“you always made me smile, john z. happy trails. ”
8 of 34 | Posted by: Robin - Kalamazoo, MI

“Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. ”
9 of 34 | Posted by: Ruth Hamming - Hudsonville, MI

“Kathy and Family, It is always difficult to say the right things at times like this. To say John is in a better place, is without pain, and is...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Dean Webster - Caledonia, MI

“Only John could convince a 20 year old college student (when going into my next interview session) to ask Jon Chism if he were related to the guy I...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Karen Mushong - Colleague

“My heart aches for your family. Words do not suffice! My wife, Terry, and I hold you in prayer. ”
12 of 34 | Posted by: Mike Fitzgerald - Clearwater, FL

“Kathy, I am so sorry about John. After reading about him, I could tell he was a wonderful man. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Theresa Johnson-Hojara - MI

“Kathy, I'm so sorry about the loss of your husband. My prayers are being offered for you and your family. ”
14 of 34 | Posted by: Mary Claire Ashpole - Brookfield, WI

“Such a wonderful man! He will be with you always, just differently. Send you the best, Kathy ”
15 of 34 | Posted by: Anne Laurent - Silver Spring, MD

“So very sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family. God bless all of you ”
16 of 34 | Posted by: Lorraine Greenr - jacksonville, FL

“I have such fond memories of John visiting my classroom almost daily to play with the little "skalawags" as he called them. He touched their hearts...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Sue Wood

“Dear Kathy and the Zuiderveen Family: I was very sad to hear of John's passing. You have my deepest sympathies and are in my thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Tom Stritzinger - Grand Rapids, MI

“I always enjoyed John. He was a spritely person and fun to be around. Best wishes to his family. You can be proud of John. Forrest Lewis ”
19 of 34 | Posted by: Forrest Lewis - Lansing, MI

“So sorry for the loss of your Dad.we all loved him!! Yo Kathy so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you guys and the entire Zuiderveen family....Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Kristin Tinholt - Petoskey, MI

“So sorry for the loss of your Dad.we all loved him!! Yo Kathy so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you guys and the entire Zuiderveen family....Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Kristin Tinholt - Petoskey, MI

“I knew John from the Bristol Leisenring days. I actually had the pleasure of working with him in the late 80's when he moved to the Kalamazoo office...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Libby - Kalamazoo, MI - Co-worker

“My thoughts are with you Robin, Mike and Kathy. John was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed. ”
23 of 34 | Posted by: Brent Belote - Wyoming, MI

“The world has lost a truly good man, a loving and caring father to his children and grand children. My heart and my prayers go out to Kathy, Robin...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Marylou Belote - Bonita Springs, FL

“Great guy. Will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to your family. ”
25 of 34 | Posted by: Jim and Kyle Hall - Logansport, IN

“My heart goes out to you Kathy, Michael and Robin. John was a special person, one of my favorite P&Mer's. ”
26 of 34 | Posted by: Helen Fewell - Grand Rapids, MI

“My deepest sympathies to Kathy and the entire Zuiderveen family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The world lost a...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: George Riddering - Belmont, MI

“Sorry for your loss Robin and Michael. ”
28 of 34 | Posted by: Dana Stafford - Boyne City, MI

“We were very sad to hear about John's passing. He was always fun to be with and great to work with. John was instrumental in leading Plante Moran's...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Rich and Dawn Antonini - MI

“I have wonderful memories of John volunteering at Best Buddies Preschool at Godfrey-Lee Public Schools. He had so much energy and patience for the...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Charlene Walsh - Wyoming, MI

“God bless to Johns family. GE was a terrific partner! ”
31 of 34 | Posted by: Dan Jarackas - Ft Myers, FL

“Remembering your kind heart and goodness always. God bless you. Natelia ”
32 of 34 | Posted by: Natelia Godfrey - Grand Rapids, MI

“John was a wonderful mentor and partner. I always learned from our time together and enjoyed his approach to life and business. He will be missed. ...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Lou Longo - Barrington, IL

“Beautifully written obit - and we will all "press on regardless" We will never forget and will always miss our dear friend John, who lived and loved...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Marilyn and Dick Rogers - MI


John Zuiderveen, age 70, of Byron Center, MI and Key West, FL passed away on July 18, 2015 after a brave battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Louise Zuiderveen and his nephew Dan Stuursma.

John graduated from Denver Christian High School in 1963 and received a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College in 1967 and a Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in 1969. He was drafted and honorably served in the military in Germany from 1969 to 1971. John was a CPA and partner with Plante Moran for 36 years, retiring in January 2007. He loved spending time with his family and being a Papa to his grandsons. He loved the mountains, working in his garden, riding his bicycle, watching CNBC with his dogs at his side and laying in his hammock in Key West.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years Kathy (Metzger); children Robin (Jamieson) Dill of East Grand Rapids and son Michael of Byron Center; siblings Joan (Scott) Barker and Laurie Feder of Denver, CO, Mark (Susan) Zuiderveen of La Crescenta, CA and Gary Zuiderveen of Pine, CO; sister-in-law Ann (Dwight) Rockers of Arcadia, FL; grandsons Garrett and Jackson Dill, several nieces and nephews and their children and wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 2-4PM and 6-8PM Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Cook Funeral Home, Byron Center, MI. A Celebration of John's life will be held at 11AM Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Fountain Street Church Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at CHCWM and Lack's. In honor of John, contributions may be made to St Paul's Episcopal Church of Key West or Friends of the White Pine Trail. JZ would want us all to Press on Regardless. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcares.com.