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“Mr. Z was about the craziest, most lovable person I ever knew. He loved his job, he loved all the kids and they loved him. So sorry for your loss my...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: April Uzarski - Comstock Park, MI

“I did not know Richard well but he was always at the chapel service when I Preached at Samaritas. Nice guy always was so gracious. Sorry from you...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Timothy Medendorp - Wyoming, MI

“Whenever I was having a bad day Mr Zoodsma would always be there with a friendly smile, hug and words of encouragement! Will always have many...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Dawn Simmons - Hudsonville, MI


4 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa

“Mr. Zoodsma sledded with me at green ridge, pulled a couple of my teeth in the hallways, made us all laugh in his Zero the hero costume, and gave...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Boyer - Walker, MI

“So sry to hear of his passing he was a fun principle ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Latesia Pethers - Escanaba, MI

“Rich was always good for a laugh! His staff loved him as well as the students. Rest In Peace Rich, God bless your family. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Schuitman - Comstock Park, MI

“Rich hired me 30 years ago when he was principal of Green Ridge Elementary. He inspired everyone with his genuine care and love of children. I...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Connie Schultz - Grand Rapids, MI

“Rich hired me 30 years ago when he was the principal at Green Ridge Elementary. He was an inspiration to everyone for his love of children. I will...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Rich was an inspiration to all. It was a joy working with him and watching his daily interaction with students. Rich was a very interesting man and...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Rena Rhoads - Comstock Park, MI

“Mr. Zoodsma was principal at Stoney Creek when I was a Kindergartner. He was tall, kind and always smiling. Condolences and prayers to the family. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Kate Krenn - Lakeview, MI

“My heartfelt condolences to the family for your loss. May you be comforted by your cherished memories, as you await the fulfillment of Gods promise...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: A friend


Richard was born on July 4, 1931 and passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Richard was a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan at the time of passing.

Richard Peter Zoodsma Visitation: Saturday, May 25, from 1 - 2 pm in the Chapel at Samaritas followed by the service 2 pm, Saturday, May 25 in the Chapel at Samaritas, 2000 32nd Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508 Memorials: Seymour Christian Reformed Church Children's Ministry Fund, 840 Alger St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 or Alzheimer's Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr, Clarksburg, MD 20871 Richard Peter Zoodsma, of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The family will greet visitors on Saturday, May 25, from 1 - 2 pm in the Chapel at Samaritas, 2000 32nd St. SE, where the memorial service will begin at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seymour Christian Reformed Church Children's Ministry Fund or Alzheimer's Disease Research.

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