Joel “Joe” Martin Bengelink, age 91, of Grand Rapids, went home to his heavenly father, on August, 7, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Faye Bengelink, his brother Bruce Bengelink and sister Ann Ritsema. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce Bengelink his son Steven Bengelink and daughters Bonnie and Leonard Lewis and Karen and Dave Weining. He held a special love for his six grandchildren, Ashlee, David, Stephanie, Jennifer, Kristin and Joseph. He is also survived by his brother James (Joanne) Bengelink, brother-in-law Larry Ritsema and sister-in-law Virginia Schollaart.
Joel's love for the Lord was his soul purpose of Life. He was a faithful servant until the end of his earthly journey. He showed his faithfulness by serving many different roles at Third Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, where he served as a commissioned pastor, as a member of the consistory, as well as being a member of the choir. He enjoyed spreading God's word through his love of music. He also mentored many, bringing them to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and served as a chaplain at the Kent County Jail. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.
There will be no public service at this time however, for those who wish to commemorate his life can make memorial gifts to Third Reformed Church at 2060 Michigan St, Grand Rapids, 49503 or The Forgotten Man Mission at 1480 Buchanan Ave SW Grand Rapids, 49507.
Well done, Good and Faithful Servant.