Richard “Dick” Lee Poolman died Friday, November 25, 2022, in Grand Rapids, MI with his family by his side. He was born January 13, 1937, in Kalamazoo MI the son of William and Ann (Yonker) Poolman. As the youngest child by 15 years, Dick spent a lot of time traveling the country with his parents which started his love for geography. He spent his early years attending the Christian schools and then went on to Western Michigan University earning a degree in Industrial Supervision.
In 1958, he married his lovely bride, Marcia A. Hoeksema and they settled in Kalamazoo. Soon after they married, Dick was drafted into the Army and spent two years in Korea. They started their family in 1963 with the arrival of Kimberly Kay and in 1967, Holly Ann was born. Dick spent the majority of his working life at Shakespeare, as did his father, in computer science. His faith was very important to him, and he and Marcia attended Third Christian Reformed Church for over 65 years, volunteering in nearly every capacity. They enjoyed their retirement years volunteering at Second Impressions supporting the Kalamazoo Christian Schools.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Marcia, and his daughters Kim (Tom) VandeVusse and Holly (Maury) Sullivan as well as his grandchildren, Kevin VandeVusse, Kelsey VandeVusse, Alex Sullivan, and Marissa Sullivan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Thursday morning, December 1, 2022, in Third Christian Reformed Church, 2400 Winchell Ave. Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dick’s family will begin receiving guests at the church starting at 9:30 am and following the service during a light lunch. Interment services with military honors will be held 2:00 pm Thursday afternoon in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend should be in the cemetery assembly area by 1:45 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Kalamazoo Christian School Association. Services entrusted to Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 S. 9th St, Kalamazoo MI 49009. To view Dick’s personalized web page, please visit https://www.langelands.com