A. Bruce Van Hesteren

August 06, 1933 ‒ December 05, 2019

Lexington, Ohio

Bruce Van Hesteren, age 86, peacefully passed away Dec 5, 2019, in his Lexington home under hospice care surrounded by family.

Bruce was born August 6, 1933, in Grand Rapids, MI to parents Peter & Dena (Brouwer) Van Hesteren.  After graduating from Holland High School with the class of 1951, he joined the Navy during the Korean War and was out to sea as a plank owner on the USS Tom Green County (LST-1159).

Bruce worked as a tool & die maker with General Motors for 39.9 years, retiring as the lead supervisor for 3rd shift. On July 29, 1967, he married Della Irene (Sams) and they shared 49 years of marriage together until she passed away Jan 1, 2017. He loved all his children equally and worked hard to provide for them. Together they made many happy memories at Gun Lake in MI and many GM employee family events.

Bruce loved to sing and was an active member of the Fun Center Chordsmen. He was also a HAM radio operator under the handle N8KJS. In younger years, he loved to fish and was proud to have learned sailing at a young age. Bruce served as a longtime volunteer with the police auxiliary both in Ontario and Lexington and a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Troy Twp.

He is survived by children Scott (Anita) Van Hesteren, Judy (Rick) Gulley, Chris (Melanie) Van Hesteren, Betty Peay, Kimberly Van Hesteren, Michelle (Bill) Emborski, and Beth (Russ) Foster; grandchildren Pete, Mike, Morgan, Stephen (Carmen), Tony, Carmen (Andrew), Ryan (Kristen), Christopher, Jon (Jenny), Rebecca, Matthew, Zachary, Jennifer, Brittany, Ashley and Abby; great-grandchildren Devin, Jenna, Mickaylah, Briana, Rylee, Blaize, Brieze, Kiska, Jayce, Jaxon, and Lucianna.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Della, son Bruce Van Hesteren, Jr.; and great-grandson Seth.

Bruce’s family will receive friends 5-7 pm Monday, Dec 9, 2019, at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held 11 am Tuesday, officiated by Celebrant Dave Roberts. Military honors will be held at the funeral home and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington.  A  meal will immediately follow in the reception hall at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1951 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

The Van Hesteren family wishes to thank the team at Hospice of North Central Ohio for their compassionate support and care. Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bruce’s family and encourage you to share a memory and watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • Our condolences to the family. Dan was a fellow barbershopper with Bruce in Fun Center Chordsmen. He will be missed. 🕯️

  • Prayers and condolences sent from my Family. Bruce and I are first cousins on my Mother’s side. God Bless.

  • Sending condolences and prayers for peace for your entire family. With live from the Emborski side…

  • We are saddened to learn of Bruce’s passing. We never met, but it appears that he led a valued and productive life. Please accept our condolences.

  • Soo sorry to hear the sad news about Bruce’s passing. I sang with him with the Fun Center Chordsman for years. Bruce was so faithful in sending me birthday cards over the years. Bruce was also very supportive on my Facebook posts. I have always appreciated his very practical & common sense approach that he had on life’s experiences. Bruce will be missed!

  • Dear family of Bruce,

    It was an honor to care for Bruce and meet your family. He was a great man, provider for his family and a Veteran. He touched many lives. We thank the Lord for his life. We enjoyed visiting him. He was very kind. At our last visit, we watched the Ohio State Football win the game. He was always open for prayer and spiritual reading. His children were very good to him and took good care of him. He had wonderful children and grand children and a few of his daughters were Veterans who served his country like Bruce. May God’s comfort and peace be with the family.

    From all of the staff at Hospice, nurses, social workers, aides, office staff, volunteer visitors, veterans and the chaplain- Dave.

  • I sang with Bruce in the Fun Center Chordsmen chorus for many years. I was glad to have him as a part of our group! He was a faithful and loyal, and I always took care of our members on their birthdays by sending them cards!

  • Correction: My post (Chris Rumas) was meant to say that Bruce was the one that took care of everyone’s birthday by sending them cards… My apologies!