Welcome to the memorial page for

Steve Karell

March 9, 1943 ~ April 29, 2017 (age 74)

Steve Karell age 74 of Hesperia, formerly of Grand Haven passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at home. Steve was born March 9, 1943 to Stephen and Jean (Cameron) Karell in Grand Haven. He married Jean VanDop on February 17, 1962 in Spring Lake. Steve served on the Grand Haven Township Board of Trustee from 1980-2008 where he was instrumental in implementing the development of Pottawattomie Park as well as the bike path and many other township projects. He was an avid sport’s fan and was past owner and partner of Muskegon Fury. Steve was a sharp card player and enjoyed testing his skills at the casinos. He spent his leisure time tinkering with classic cars and enjoyed the “art of the deal”. During the winter months Steve and Jean wintered in Florida. Steve is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Lisa (Patrick) Nowlen of Orlando, FL; son, Randy (Marian) Karell of Hesperia; grandchildren, Andrew, Mitch, Mike, James, Brielle; sister, Jean (Roger) Ryan of Grand Haven; brother, Jon (DeNora) Karell; several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Steve’s Life will take place at 6:00 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Klaassen Family Funeral Home with a time of visitation to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority (NORA) or the Diabetes Association of Michigan. Please visit to sign Steve’s online guest book.

Charitable donations may be made to:

1415 S. Beechtree Street, Grand Haven MI 49417

Diabetes Association of Michigan
1550 E. Beltline SE Suite 250, Grand Rapids MI 49506

 Service Information

Celebration of Life
May 3, 2017

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

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