Benjamin Philip Van Dyken

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Dear Family of Benjamin:
We, the families of The Compassionate Friends, send you our heartfelt condolences. The Compassionate Friends is an international grief support group for parents, grandparents and siblings who have suffered the heartbreaking loss of a child, at any age and from any cause. Our only mission is to provide comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter, brother or sister, or grandchild, and to help others better assist the grieving

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Posted by: A friend   Jul 02, 2018

I did not know Ben but read about his involvement with our church's (LaGrave CRC) youth group and SERVE teams in our bulletin even as we welcomed the SERVE 2018 SERVE team this morning. I hurt for you and feel so sorry for your loss. I understand too a little of your grief as I also lost a 14 year old daughter. A few books that were encouraging to me and others at that time were: "Lament for a Son"

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Posted by: A friend   Jun 24, 2018

Philip and Michelle, I am so sorry to hear of your son passing. Prayers for you all. Philip, I worked for your Dad as his hygienist back in 1979 to 1985. I cleaned your teeth as a young man.
May God wrap His loving arms around you all as you walk this "valley." One day at a time.
With deepest sympathy,


Posted by: Karen Bowman RDH - Grandville, MI   Jun 13, 2018


Posted by: Morgan Guzicki - Allendale, MI   Jun 11, 2018

Ben was such a wonderful young man! He and Marcus had been great friends since they were little guys in K or 1st grade. We are totally heartbroken and praying for you all. Ben was loved by so many and will always hold a place in our hearts. Praying for you during this very tough time.
The Schooley Family


Posted by: SCHOOLEY - ALLENDALE, MI   Jun 09, 2018

Angela VanHowe,Andrew VanHowe, Where sorry for your loss you be in are parys


Posted by: Andrew VanHowe - Okeechobee, FL   Jun 09, 2018

To Philip & Michelle, Maggie, Kendreh, Tyler, Michelle, Asher & Grandpa Eugene,
We can't even imagine the sorrow & hurt you are going thru right now. Mort lost a son @ 19 years of age also. Nothing makes this easy. We are soooo sorry for your earthly loss of Ben. So glad that he was a Christian & you will see him again.
Kow that you are in the thoughts & prayers of so many.
Love & hugs,
Kendrah (& Tyler's)
Grandma Ruth & Grandpa Mort


Posted by: A friend   Jun 09, 2018