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“May u all way's shine in heaven john and be an angel to your family watching over Nina and all. You weer a funny guy and enjoyed life. you will be...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Holloway - grand rapids, MI

“Dear Nina & Family John was a super guy bill and i have known you all for a long time. Bill and i had just talked to John after christmas to wish...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Bill & Glenda Holloway - MI

“I will always remember John all the fun times we had camping up north and getting together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Monica Zander - grand rapids, MI

“Will always remember the great memories, you will never be forgotten. R.I.P...LOVE YOU! ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Da'Vonne & Mariah Cole - Wahiawa, HI

“Nina I am so sorry for your loss. Not only did you lose your husband but he was your best friend too. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Pat Adrian - Austin, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of need. ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: Rachel Toscano - Grand Rapids, MI

“i ment thought brad mulinbrug ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: floyd goff

“U will be missed so much uncle gone but never ever forgotten love you your niece Kelley ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Kelley Scribner

“To my son and our brother john, We will never forget all the good times...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: kelleyscribner

“I LOVE you,you will always be in my heart and never forgotten. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Rebecca Dickson - wyoming, MI

“Our hearts go out to Chad Jr and his family at this sad time. As you say good-bye to your grandfather, may happy memories give you smiles through...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Brian, Kathy and all your friends at Rro-Karate - MI

“Bergsma Brother are going to miss Big John. He was a hard worker & he would help anyone. Big John has brought pallets to are shop for over 24 years....Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Tyler Bergsma - Grand Rapids, MI

“chilld hood friends we grew up together always loved the donaldson family we love you guys and are so sorry for your lost ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: patricia mekkes coykendall - MI

“To my dear friend Nina, my heart goes out to you and your family, I only met John once, when I helped push him out of Chads driveway one winter on...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Tami Williams and Tony Deatrick - MI

“Sending our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to Chad C Dickson and family. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Kathy Taylor, on behalf of Pace Trailer Sales & Service - MI

“I never had the privilege of meeting John although I feel like I know him. I have heard his wife Nina and his children speak of him often. He...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Pamela Simmons - Grand Rapids, MI

“We at Crystal Flash have known Big John, Lena and the family for many years. Always nice to see them come into the station. Our thoughts & prayers...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Amy Haywood - Crystal Flash - MI

“The guys at Kimbow Incorporated are very sorry for your loss. Big John was a trustworthy and reliable supplier for our company. He will be greatly...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Dave - Kimbow Incorporated - MI

“My sincere condolences. May you find comfort in memories and strength in each other's love throughout this difficult time. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Lisa Lett-Pineda - Muskegon, MI

“John we had some great times in our lifes I will deeply miss you and sorry I could not have been there to help. You were a great provider for your...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Tracy Donaldson - Grand Rapids, MI

“To all of Johns family and friends, We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow. ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: Vee & Mike Pixley - Grand Rapids, LA


DONALDSON – Mr. John M. Donaldson, aged 53 of Grand Rapids, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon. Surviving are his wife, Charlene "Nina"; children, David D. Donaldson, John G. Donaldson, Joe (Jamie) Dickson, Tomi Dickson, Rebecca (Andy) VanLear, Chad (Melissa) Dickson; grandchildren, Chad Jr., Chase, Cameron, Davonne, Shakira, Ashley, Roberto, Maylena, Brianna, Christopher, Cameron, Josalyn, Joey, Dylan, Sophia Ann; great grandchildren, Davonne Jr., Eddie, Gabby, Ninaleah; mother, Evelyn Donaldson; brothers, Dan (Patty) Donaldson, Mike (Terri) Donaldson; sisters, Bonnie Donaldson, Betty Donaldson; special family friends, Tanya Arziola, Courtney Dillon.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, March 2 at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 3131 S. Division Ave. The family will greet relatives and friends one hour prior to the service. Interment Garfield Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions will be collected to purchase a marker for the cemetery – please make checks to Stegenga Funeral Chapel.