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Howard J. VanSweden

March 3, 1931 ~ January 11, 2018 (age 86)

VAN SWEDEN   Mr. Howard J. VanSweden, age 86, of Byron Center, went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, January 11, 2018.  Howard was born March 3, 1931 in Byron Center, MI to Nicholas and Jennie (Berkompas) VanSweden. 

He served his country with the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War.  Following 45 years of employment, Howard retired from Packaging Corporation of America.  He enjoyed woodworking and being outdoors, especially fishing, but was also known to “hunt” with his camera. 

Howard was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Ann (Laninga) VanSweden. 

He will be remembered by his family as a quiet, kind man and will be deeply missed by his daughters, Diane VanSweden, and Amy (Dave) Slotman; grandchildren, Brian (Amanda) Beute, Dana Beute, Joshua Beute, Zachary Slotman, and Hayley (Brett) Weldy; great-grandchildren, Emily Beute, Judah Beute, Lucas Beute, and Asher Beute; brother, Marv (Dee) VanSweden; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Monday, January 15, 2018 at First Reformed Church of Byron Center, 8425 Byron Center Ave, SW with Pastors Peter VanElderen and Bill Fernhout officiating.  Interment will be at Winchester Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet his family Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Cook Funeral Home, Byron Center Chapel, 2067 84th St. SW, Byron Center. 

His family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcares.com.  Contributions in memory of Howard may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Spectrum Health Hospice
100 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Web: http://www.spectrumhealth.org/hospice



 Service Information

Visitation
Sunday
January 14, 2018

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cook-Byron Center Chapel
2067 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

Visitation
Sunday
January 14, 2018

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cook-Byron Center Chapel
2067 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

Funeral Service
Monday
January 15, 2018

11:00 AM
First Reformed Church of Byron Center
8425 Byron Center Ave. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315


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