Jim Vanden Bosch

  • Born: August 9, 1958
  • Died: August 10, 2017
  • Location: Zeeland, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464

Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jim Vanden Bosch, 59, of Zeeland, died Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Jim was born August 9, 1958, in Holland, Michigan, to John and Betty (Vander West) Vanden Bosch. Jim grew up on the north side of Holland and graduated from West Ottawa High School in 1977. He worked for Prince Corporation and then started his career at the Ottawa County Road Commission in 1983. He married the love of his life Dawn Dubbink on November 21, 1980. They raised their three sons in Zeeland. Jim and Dawn are members of Grace Chapel in Zeeland. He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law Myrtle Dubbink, brother Tommy Vanden Bosch, brothers-in-law Terry Dubbink and Gene Ryzenga.

Jim's foremost purpose was being a loving and committed husband, father, and grandfather. He always answered his phone, and always responded with "that's what family is for". Jim was mechanically talented and was able to build and repair nearly anything. He enjoyed helping and serving others through the gifts of his hands.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dawn, their children: Terry and Susan Vanden Bosch of Dorr, Tom and Abby Vanden Bosch of Zeeland, Travis and Jessica Vanden Bosch of Zeeland; grandchildren: Jonathan, Brooklyn, Ty, Drew; father-in-law Theodore Dubbink, siblings: Diane Ryzenga, John and Jane Vanden Bosch, Jack Vanden Bosch, Tammy and Dean Rulapaugh, sister-in-law Debra and David Gerrits, and several extended family and friends.

A service to honor the faith and life of Jim Vanden Bosch will be held at 11:00 am Monday, August 14, 2017, at Grace Chapel, 9530 Woodbridge, Zeeland MI 49464. A time of visitation will be 5:00-7:30 pm, Sunday, at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland. Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Stand Ministries.

When you remember Jim, please remember his favorite saying "Every day is a mission for the Lord."

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dawn and Family, We at Lighthouse were so very sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. As many others have said, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all. We hope that God is able to comfort you and help you thru your sorrow at this sad time.

Posted by Dennis Atkins Lighthouse Inc - Caro, MI - Acquaintance   August 16, 2017

We haven't seen Jim in many years but memories of a truly wonderful person survive through the time. Jim was a great person to all that knew him. Condolences to Jim's family

Posted by Brian & Amandalynn Wennersten - Elkmont, AL   August 16, 2017

Dear Dawn and Family we are so sorry to hear this news about Jim. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Wes & Luanne Mersman

Posted by A friend   August 14, 2017

Our hearts our broken to hear of the loss of our dear friend, Jim. We are so sorry that we are out of town and unable to be at the services to remember Jim. We send our love to you Dawn and your whole family.

Posted by Lisa and Paul Duckworth - Holland, MI - Friend   August 14, 2017

Dawn, I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Kathy Reglin - Friend   August 14, 2017

Dearest Dawn & Family,

I just heard about this today, and I am heartbroken for you. It's been years since I've seen/talked to Jim, but I always remember him as a guy with a smile on his face and a committed husband. I can only imagine what you are going through and I pray that God carries you through this difficult time. Blessings my dear friend. In Christ, Sally Wiliams

Posted by A friend   August 14, 2017

You will be missed by many Jim. Thoughts & prayers for your family from the staff @ DeLeeuw Lumber Co.

Tom DeVries

Posted by Tom DeVries - Holland, MI - Friend   August 14, 2017

Terry, I haven't known you very long but I want you and your family to know that my heart goes out to all of you. I have been praying for you. All my sympathies.

Posted by Judy Van Aman - Hastings, MI - Coworker   August 13, 2017


I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. I'll be thinking and praying for everyone in the family

Posted by Bonnie Kronemeyer (Vanden Bosch) - Hamilton, MI   August 13, 2017

Dear Dawn and family, I can remember how sweet you and Jim were together. So warm and filled with joy. May the Lord comfort you and grant you His peace.

Posted by Dona (Weener) Schmidt - Holland, MI - Friend   August 13, 2017

Praying for you and your family in this trying time. Jim will be missed.

Posted by Gary and Christi. Vollink - Zeeland, MI - Friend   August 13, 2017


Sorry for the loss. Even though I didn't know him that well, but knew him through Dawn, who I used to work with. Sending my regrets to the entire family. Only God knows when our time on Earth is done and he wants us home with him Joanne Gonzales (Sanders)

Posted by Joanne Gonzales - Grand Rapids, MI - Coworker   August 13, 2017


I am sorry for your loss. May the lord hold you especially close in this time of sorry.

Posted by Lori Reppert - Cedar Sprimgs, MI   August 13, 2017

Sorry for your loss ! Praying for peace and guidance during this difficult time!

Rich and JoAnne Ocasio

Posted by A friend   August 13, 2017

Jim lived out his love for Jesus. I am thankful for his friendship and his willingness to pray with me when Lois passed. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Ron Van Harn - Hudsonville, MI - Friend   August 13, 2017

Terry, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your mother and all of your family. Peace...
Truly, "Every day is a mission for the Lord."

Posted by Mike & Anne Blind - St. Louis, MO - Friend   August 13, 2017

I was so devastated to here about Jim's accident. I worked with Him occasionally at the Road Comm. Jim was a lot of fun and a great guy, I'm am so sorry for Your loss, My heart goes out to You and Your family. You and Your family will be in My thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by Us all.

Posted by Wes Scholten - Zeeland - Coworker   August 13, 2017

Travis and family, we are so saddened about the tragic loss of your father. Please know that your family is in our prayers.

Posted by Mark and Cindy Jones - Holland, MI - Friend   August 13, 2017

Jim was always there to help me out. I knew it did not matter what time during my shift, he was just a phone call away. On a few bitter cold winter nights he would stick with me on the highway, just to make sure I was safe out there. He was my friend, he will be greatly missed.

Posted by Jen Shapiro - Grand Haven, MI - Friend   August 13, 2017

I was devistated to here it was Jim in the accident. I have a lot of great memories with him and your family. I'm very sorry for your loss he will be missed by many and me.

Posted by Carl Bos - Hollans, MI - Friend   August 12, 2017

We are so sorry for your sudden and tragic loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Posted by Jack and Deb Wright - Muskegon, MI   August 12, 2017

Dawn and family, I was thinking of Jim on August 10th, when I was reminded that it was the 8th Anniversary of our house fire. I was thinking of how hard Jim worked rebuilding our home, and making sure we would be back in by Thanksgiving. The long hours he spend here, after also working a full day at work. Little did I know that there had been an accident. Jim was a good friend, but more importantly, he was a good example of Christ, and he will be missed dearly.

Posted by Pam & Randy Wehrmeyer - Holland, MI   August 12, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace for you and your family. May your memories be sweet and may you feel God's love during this time of mourning.

Posted by Diane Smith - Zeeland, MI   August 12, 2017

Our deepest sympathy to Jims Family. Jim was one of our early morning customers at Franks. We are going to miss that happy smile in the morning! Your Franks family will miss you!

Posted by Sally Langworthy - Zeeland, MI - Friend   August 12, 2017


Travis and Jessica, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your dad and father-in-law. He was too young to go.
But He, being with our Lord, is in a greater place than we. One day you will all be reunited with him. My condolences to you all.

Posted by Jackie Frisbie - Belding, MI - Friend   August 12, 2017

My dearest Dawn, My heart breaks for you and your family. My prayers for you will continue in the days ahead. Arla(Essink) Spaman

Posted by A friend   August 12, 2017

It was truly an honor to have known this wonderful man. Jim was a man of God and lived it out with his life. We loved Jim and will miss him greatly. Our hearts are very sad today.

Posted by Sherwin & Joan Vliem - Holland, MI   August 12, 2017

Dawn, so sorry for your unexpected loss. You and the family are in our prayers.

Posted by Vince and Rosemary Reidsma - Holland, MI - Friend   August 11, 2017

Our hearts are so heavy with grief for Dawn and the family. Our prayers for comfort envelopes your entire family. We were blessed by Jim's smile and friendship in class back at Central Wesleyan.Dawn, we love you and your family. Jim will be so missed. God said to Jim,job well done faithful servant.

Posted by Sandi Dykstra - Holland, MI - Family Friend   August 11, 2017

So sorry to hear of your loss. John and Jill Dykhuis

Posted by John Dykhuis - Albuquerque, NM - Family   August 11, 2017

Ny prayers are with each of you! May your hearts be calmed and may you feel peace from our Lord. Please know there are many whom are lifting you up in pray.

Posted by Delores (Tootie ) Tubbergen Smallegan - Zeeland, MI - Classmate   August 11, 2017

So sorry for your lost. A great man gone too soon. Take care, Will and Marsha Lewis

Posted by Marsha Lewis - Holland, MI - Friend   August 11, 2017

May God's grace and peace be your comfort in this difficult time and the days to follow.

Posted by Paul and Diana Steketee - JENISON, MI - Acquaintance   August 11, 2017


Posted by KATHY OLIVER - HOLLAND, MI - Friend   August 11, 2017


Posted by kathy oliver - holland, MI - Friend   August 11, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will be praying for His peace and hope to surround all of you in the coming days and beyond. Larry & Sarah Galassi

Posted by Sarah Galassi - Grand Rapids, MI   August 11, 2017

Dear Dawn and family, Scott and I send our prayers. May many wonderful memories help get you through this difficult time. God Bless, Scott and Lynnette Gallegos

Posted by Lynnette Gallegos - Dorr, MI - coworker   August 11, 2017

Jim was a jovial, hard-working, fun-loving, God-following man. The angels rejoiced to welcome him home. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, my cousin, and his family and friends.

Posted by Bruce Dubbink - Grand Rapids, MI - Family   August 11, 2017

I am so sorry. Still so unbelievable. My heart goes out to you Dawn and to your boys, their wives and your grandchildren. Love and prayers. Marti Disler

Posted by Marti Disler - Zeeland, MI - Coworker   August 11, 2017

Jim, you made it. You are in the presence of the Lord almighty......You are going to be missed greatly friend. I never thought you would spend retirement this way. But of course, you did always look at things a little differently than I did. Praying for your family.........but with all that you have taught them over the years, I think they are on their way to become just like their father. Love, Dan & Margo

Dan & Margo Biller, Holland

Posted by Dan & Margo Biller - Holland, MI - Family Friend   August 11, 2017

I am so so so sorry for your sudden and tragic loss. Jim was a great man and will be seriously missed.
Joe Silva, a long time friend.

Posted by Joe Silva - Holland, MI - Friend   August 11, 2017

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