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Kevin Jay Van Buren
  • Contributions in memory of Kevin may be made to Berean Baptist Church Mission Fund.

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“I want to extend my sympathies to family and friends. I worked at Metro lab with Kevin until I retired in 2008. He was a kind, compassionate person...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Joanne Jones - Grand Rapids, MI

“I am sorry for your lost. It is always difficult when our children proceed us into Gods loving arms. But know that God will take care and watch...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Sue Millard Hillyer - Dorr, MI

“You will truly be missed RIP my friend ”
3 of 31 | Posted by: Mevelyn Potts - grand rapids, MI

“I firmly believe there is a purpose for everyone in one's life - not all purposes are clear, but somehow you find yourself drawn to that person...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Mike Hoekstra - Alto, MI

“I only knew Kevin for the short time I have been at Metro, but was glad I had the opportunity to know him! Kevin always made a point to say hello to...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Jeff Roe - Holland, MI

“I will miss you coming in to Cytology to, as you would say, "just coming in to say hello...hello" and leaving us uplifted. You were always there...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Deb Vallillee

“Kevin was such a great guy. I looked forward to our friendly banter that I knew would happen when I worked at hospital. Always a smile and a laugh...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Rachelle Salisbury - Grand Rapids, MI

“It has been almost 9 years since I retired from Metropolitan Hospital, but I remember Kevin well. He was always a friendly, willing to help part of...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Carl Eugene Soechtig - MI

“I often would run into Kevin in the hallways at Metro and he always had a nod or a greeting to me and his his fellow employees as our paths crossed. ...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Sharon Bahr - Grand Rapids, MI

“Kevin was always so kind, caring, and jolly. I will miss the joy he brought to work. My deepest sympathies. ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: Emily Tornga

“I am grateful for having known Kevin during our many years of working at Metro. You could count on Kevin to always be friendly, upbeat, and positive...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Cheryl Beltz - Grand Rapids, MI

“Although I only worked with Kevin for two years, he was one of the kindest and gentlest people I have ever known. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
12 of 31 | Posted by: Beverly Robinson - Reynoldsburg, OH

“Dear Rose Ellyn and Family, We were so sorry to read of the passing of your son. We pray you will find comfort in all the joy he brought into your...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Sharon and Emery Blanksma - MI

“I'll miss you forever Buddy ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Michelle Rudy

“It has been years since I worked with Kevin but I have never forgot how cheerful and upbeat he always was. Kevin would do anything to help someone...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Alicia Estlack - Cleveland, OH

“RIP Kevin. METRO lab will never be the same without you ”
16 of 31 | Posted by: Karen

“I'm still in shock at the news, still trying to wrap my mind and heart around the fact that the last time I saw him Friday was to be the very last...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Jeffery D. Kooistra

“I've only known Kevin for a short time while working at Metro. He was one of the most genuinely nice guys I have ever met. Always had a positive...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Martin Perez - Caledonia, MI

“I am so fortunate to have known and worked with Kevin for many years. His unfailing courage, kind spirit and positive nature often inspired me to...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Wolff - Grand Rapids, MI

“When I started working at Metro over 6 years ago, I quickly realized that Kevin was the Go-To-Guy for almost everything! He was always so gracious...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Lauri Hiltunen - Caledonia, MI

“I worked with Kevin at Metro Health and I will miss his great sense of humor always joking around whenever I would see him. He always had such a...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Angie Hutchison - Byron Center, MI

“I never had the pleasure of meeting Kevin, but as a survivor of cancer I have some idea what this brave man went through. His picture is a true...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Dr Jack Grenan - Spring Lake, MI

“So sorry to hear of your loss,we here will miss Kevin always. He was a great man inside and out! ”
23 of 31 | Posted by: Crystal - Friend

“Kevin will be missed. He was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him in IT. Kevin volunteered to job shadow Tech support while helping out us on...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Robert D. Dailey Jr. - MI

“Iv only worked at Metro for a year and a half, but i remember the first time i met Kevin, he was so friendly, nice and helpful. Iv never met someone...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Amanda - Ionia, MI - coworker

“It was my privilege to work with Kevin for 18 years. I remember Kevin as a man of rock solid faith, great integrity, and enviable courage. You will...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Deb Byxbe - Grand Rapids, MI

“Emo, RoseEllyn and the whole family, We are grieving with you over the loss of an amazing man of God who has blessed lives and lived fully for His...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Tim and Cindy Bradley - Mentone, IN

“Here at Metro Health Multi-Specialty Office we are heartbroken with the news of Kevin's passing. Every day, no matter how crazy things were or how...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Metro Health Multi Specialty Offices - MI

“Kevin was a great guy and a wonderful co-worker!! I was very fortunate to work with him and his attitude toward Life was amazing. He will be mised...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Lori Searl - Grand Rapids, MI

“I worked with Kevin every day. He would often tell stories about times he had spent with his nephews and nieces, or about things he was doing at...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Richard Menninga - Grand Rapids, MI

“Kevin has attended my Sunday School class for the last several years. He was a blessing to me and to everyone who was fortunate enough to cross his...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Theresa Anderson-Varney - MI

Kevin Jay Van Buren, age 44, having fought a courageous battle with brain tumors most of his life, is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior. Kevin was a lifetime member of Berean Baptist Church. He was employed with Metro Health as a laboratory technical assistant for over 18 years.

He will be deeply missed by his parents Emerson and Rose Ellyn Van Buren; brothers Duane and Robin Van Buren, Scott and Angela Van Buren and Mike and Aimee Van Buren; his nine nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Friday 11 a.m. at his church, Berean Baptist Church, 1574 Coit NE, Grand Rapids with Pastors Burland Margesson and Marcus Little officiating. Interment will be at Sunfish Lake Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet his family Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Metcalf Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids and on Friday one hour prior to service at the church.

Contributions in memory of Kevin may be made to Berean Baptist Church Mission Fund. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at