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Philip Sikkema

Philip John Sikkema

Sunday, December 31st, 1944 - Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Obituary

Philip John Sikkema, age 75, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 20, 2020. There he was met by a host of loved ones, including his brother Carl Sikkema, and brother-in-law Roger VerHage, both recently deceased, along with granddaughter Haddie and other precious grandchildren. We are sure they ate dessert first at this joyous celebration!

Phil served in the US Army, 82nd Airborne Division, being named paratrooper of the year, then came home to marry his sweetheart, Joan Holwerda, a union that stood 51 blessed years. He and Joan’s family life included raising three wonderful children. His working career included 9 years as a Grand Rapids police officer, 25 years at Steelcase, and 6 years for Johnson Controls.

He and Joan attended Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, where he served as a deacon and Healing Rooms director, offered financial and marriage counseling, and also served the public as a precinct delegate. To his family, he was a loving husband, greatest of fathers, and proud grandfather, famous for saying, “Do you know what I love about you? …Everything!”

Phil ran his race well and now has entered into his reward. Awaiting their reunion with him are his wife, Joan Sikkema, son, Michael Sikkema (wife Cher), daughter, Cathy Mulder (husband Quentin), daughter, Linda VanTil (husband Todd), grandchildren, Kassie, Jilly, Katie, Colton, Rees, Grant, Davis, Allyson, Evelyn, and Jared, three great-granddaughters, brother, Ron Sikkema (wife Phyllis), and sister, Ethel Azariah.

A private family gathering will be held, and a celebration of life with family and friends will be scheduled for a later date.
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Marilyn White

Posted at 07:40am
I have very fond memories of Phil and Joan. They were and Joan still is so gracious. They opened their home to us when we first joined New Life church when our children were small. Phil was hospitable, gracious, kind and exemplified the love of Jesus. Although we live far from the Sikkema family now, our prayers to God to send comfort at this time of loss will still be heard. What a comfort to know he is with the Lord and believers will be reunited on that great day. Marilyn White
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Posted at 10:09pm
All our love and prayers. The Trickle family.
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Julie Trickle

Posted at 10:04pm
I was so moved when Phil and I would share a meal together, though his body was weary amd his mind grew tired, when I asked him to pray, he would fold his hands and say "Thank you Lord, thank you" and kept repeating it with such sincerity. When everything in his body was failing, his grateful heart was steady. I praise God that he is now in glory with his maker. My love to you Joan and to all his loved ones. -Julie Trickle.
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Aaron Predum

Posted at 08:21pm
Phil was my God-father and boy did I love him. He was such a joyful man and every memory I have of him is a great one. Whenever my family would go over to Phil and Joan’s house I would get excited; whether it was playing hide-and-seek, sledding across the street, or Phil reading a Bible verse prior to eating dinner. Seanta and I want to pass along our love and prayers to the whole family
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Hank & Bette Hoekstra

Posted at 02:28pm
With loving memories of "Philip Sikkema",
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