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Roger Buikema

Roger Buikema, age 88, of Holland passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019.
Roger was raised in Grand Haven and graduated from Grand Haven High School. He served in the United States Army, as a staff sergeant, during the Korean Conflict. Roger retired from Holland Public Schools, where he served as a custodian and bus driver, and sold tickets at both football and basketball games for over 38 years. He was a Life Member, served on the Honor Guard and was past commander of the VFW Post 2144, and was an avid golfer.
Roger was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan; children: Roger Paul Buikema, Debra Polinsky and Steve Polinsky; and grandsons, Troy Ganzevoort and Dale Buikema.
Surviving is his wife, Isla; children: Claudia and Glenn Ganzevoort, Tami and Rick Elzinga, Jack R. and Terri Buikema, and Kyle and Debbie Buikema; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; siblings: Judy Villella, Ruth Anne and Henry DeWitt, Don and Avey Buikema, and Linda and Ron Shackelford; in-laws, Joyce Stille and Dail Patterson; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Funeral and military services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (March 29) at the Dykstra Funeral Home-Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Avenue. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday (March 28) also at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, c/o Van Andel Institute, or Hospice of Holland.
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