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Assink, Jerry

Aug 11, 1943 - Aug 21, 2013
Jerry Assink, age 70 of Zeeland passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013 after a lengthy illness.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen; children: Joy and Randy Ensing of Zeeland, Gregory and Deb Assink of Hudsonville, Michael and LeAnn Assink of Zeeland and Daniel and Marnie Assink of Holland; grandchildren: Ryan Pipkin, Megan and Joel Palmbos, Cody Ensing, Jared Ensing, Tyler Assink, Hope Assink, Megan Assink, Adam Assink and Jacob Assink; great grandchildren Hunter and Grace Palmbos; mother-in-law Catherine Folkert of Jenison; sister Marilyn Tebelak of Zeeland; in-laws: Barbara and Glenn Meyaard of Zeeland and Rolie and Loretta Folkert of IL; step-in-laws: Berdina and Daryl Ham of Grand Rapids, Dorie and Roger Wiersma of Hudsonville, Nadine and Bill Hunt of Grand Rapids Brandt and Carolyn Hoffman of Grand Rapids and Gary and Mary Lou Hoffman of Grand Rapids.

Jerry was preceded in death by a granddaughter Kelsey Ann Assink and his parents James and Nella Assink.
He was a member of Intersection Ministries (formerly Grace Reformed Church) where he served as an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher and youth group leader. Jerry volunteered at Tulip Time and the Ottawa Area Center; he was past president of Christian Endeavor and went on a mission trip to Kenya in 2008. He retired from Warner Lambert in 1999.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Intersection Ministries (formerly Grace Reformed Church) 945 136th Ave, Holland. The Reverends Aaron Anderson and John Nyitray will officiate. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 East 16th Street, Holland. Memorial contributions may be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or Intersection Ministries Youth Group.


  1. Karen and family we are so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Sent by Lynn & Carol Petre on Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:26:15 -0400

  2. Karen, where do I start. Our camping together for like 12 yrs...youth group for 5 years...our cruise...yearly trips to Myrtle Beach for a lot of years...just plain friends...for a long time. May the Lord sustain you and your family...remember "He will NEVER leave you or forsake you"". His promise to you. Lean on Him....

    Love and Prayers,

    Sent by Sharon Overbeek on Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:59:37 -0400

  3. Karen and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. I worked with Jerry at Parke-Davis and always enjoyed talking to him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Susan Quint

    Sent by Susan Quint on Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:10:24 -0400

  4. My sympathy goes out to the family during this difficult time. The death of a loved one is never an easy thing to deal with. I hope that the God of Comfort can help you to cope until the time that you can possibly be reunited with Jerry (2 Corinthians 1:3; Acts 24:15).

    Sent by James on Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:48:25 -0400

  5. Dear Marilyn,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family circle at this time of loss.
    Lin (Jansen) Plaggemars

    Sent by Lin (Jansen) Plaggemars on Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:00:33 -0400

  6. Surely this to us is a surprise, yet since you/we believe all of life is in God's hands, we accept the good news of forgiveness and eternal life in Christ our Lord. God's best blessings be with you, Karen, and all the families.

    Sent by Norm & Myra Ratering on Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:10:06 -0400

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss.

    Sent by Dave and Bonnie Vandermeer on Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:12:05 -0400

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