Dr. Frank Pettinga, age 92, passed away peacefully March 13, 2019.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Suzanne; children: Deb (Ron), Jane (David), Fred (Jayne) and Cindy (Mark); 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Frank is now with his parents, Rhine and Adriana, and his brothers, Cornelius and Paul, who all preceded him in death.
Frank loved God, his family and serving his patients. He enjoyed worshipping with believers around the world. Upon moving to Holland, he became a member of Third Reformed Church. The family is thankful for the support of his friends and others who joined him in his adventures and added to the richness of his life.
Frank was born in Beaverdam, Michigan, graduated from Holland Christian High School, and served in the U.S. Navy for two years. After graduating from Calvin College, he achieved his M.D. degree from Boston University and later an M.P.H. degree from the University of Michigan. He thoroughly enjoyed the practice of family medicine for 19 years in Muskegon, Michigan, where many affectionately called him “Doc.” He then joined the U.S. State Department, where he served as embassy physician for 13 years, enjoying assignments in Afghanistan, Austria, Egypt, Washington, D.C., and Dominican Republic. When Frank returned to the United States, he served for seven years as the medical director of Hackley Hospital in Muskegon and six years in Hackley’s Occupational Medicine.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Third Reformed Church, 111 W. 13th St., Holland, with the Rev. Kama Jongerius officiating. Visitation is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St., Holland. Memorial contributions may be given to Calvin College or Hospice of Holland. Condolences may be left online at www.langelandsterenberg.com.
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