Our Staff


Dave Klaassen

Dave Klaassen

Owner and Director

Dave Klaassen was born and raised in Grand Haven and has been a life-long resident. He attended Grand Haven Christian School and graduated from Grand Haven High School and then Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science. He was recently awarded his 50 year certificate in funeral service.

Dave is married to the former Sandra Wierengo and together they have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Dave and Sandy are members of Second Christian Reformed Church. He is past president of Chamber of Commerce, North Ottawa Council on Aging, Salvation Army Advisory Board and Kiwanis Club. He served the city of Grand Haven as city councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem, and was past president of the U.S. Coast Guard Festival. He has been involved in the community for over 50 years and was selected for the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award in 1976.

Dave is thankful to God for this opportunity to have a family operated funeral home that will be of service to the entire Tri-Cities area.

Cell: 616-638-6932

Telephone: 1-616-842-9495

Email: dave@klaassenfuneralhome.com


Kurt Klaassen

Kurt Klaassen

Owner and Managing Director

Kurt Klaassen was born and raised in Grand Haven and graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1987. He attended Ferris State University, and went on to Cypress College in California where he received an associate's degree in Mortuary Science. Kurt is a member of the Grand Haven Rotary, Past President of MFDA District 4, and a current member of the Michigan Mortuary Response Team, trained to respond and assist local medical examiners and emergency management agencies with identifying and returning human remains to their family following a mass fatality incident.

In addition to his funeral service work, Kurt and his family are members of Hope Reformed Church of Grand Haven. He enjoys playing softball, hockey, skiing, boating, fishing, water sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Kurt feels fortunate to work and live in the town he grew up in surrounded by family and friends, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the families of the Tri-Cities Area.

Kurt and his wife Jennifer have two children; Jordan and Lauren.

Telephone: 1-616-842-9495

Email: kurt@klaassenfuneralhome.com


Scott Klaassen

Scott Klaassen

Owner and Director

Scott Klaassen was born in Grand Haven and attended Grand Haven Christian School, and graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1982. He attended Muskegon Community College and Northwestern Michigan College, and in 1986 received his Mortuary Science Degree from the College of Boca Raton, Florida. 


Scott has two daughters; Ashley and Hanna who are involved in many church, school, work, and community activities.  


He is currently active in the Tri-Cities through several different volunteer efforts. Scott holds the position of Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the 2015-2017 Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival Committee, and has volunteered with the Festival for more than 30 years. He also serves the City of Grand Haven on the Community Center's Citizen Advisory Board, and has volunteered for the Worship on the Waterfront, Habitat for Humanity, Love in Action, and the Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl Expansion Team, as well as Winter Fest, and the Jingle Bell Parade. He is a past member of the former Grand Haven Area Jaycees, Ottawa County United Way, and served on the Grand Haven Christian School Board.

Scott, Kathy, and the girls enjoy traveling, biking, boating, walking on the boardwalk, spending time at the beach, beautiful sunsets, and snow skiing. 

Scott holds a Limited Life Insurance license used in         Pre-Funding of funeral or cremation arrangements, and has had his Real Estate License in the State of Michigan for more than 25 years.

Scott considers it an honor and privilege to help guide families through the process of planning a Funeral, Celebration of Life, or Cremation of a loved one.

Cell: 616-638-2161

Telephone: 1-616-842-9495

Email: scott@klaassenfuneralhome.com


Sandra Klaassen

Sandra Klaassen

Funeral Assistant

Sandra (Wierengo) Klaassen is a graduate of West Michigan Christian High School. She married Dave following his graduation from Mortuary College 53 years ago, and has been involved in funeral service ever since. They raised their 3 children Scott, Kurt, and Tammy while living upstairs in three different funeral homes.


Sandy has been involved with the North Ottawa Hospital Auxiliary, Grand Haven Christian School Auxiliary, and served as a Sunday School teacher at Second Christian Reformed Church. She was a member of the Christian Women's Club and Jaycee Auxiliary, served on the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival Board, and served as the chaperone to Miss Coast Guard for several years. Sandy has attended many National Funeral Directors Association Conferences, as well as Conferences on the state level. Sandy took pleasure in her job as a travel agent for several years, and enjoys being a member of The Birthday Club. She continues to support sports and music programs throughout the Tri-Cities area by attending events her seven grandchildren participate in. She feels her most important role is being a supportive wife, mother, and grandmother.


Sandy and Dave spend a few of Michigan’s colder months enjoying the warmth of sunny Florida. Sandy hangs tight to, "God is good all the time. All the time God is good."



Greg Watters

Greg Watters

Funeral and Visitation Assistant

Greg grew up in the Tri-Cities area and graduated from Spring Lake High School. He is a veteran of the US Army, and a graduate of Grand Valley State University and Davenport University. 

Greg and his wife, Renate, raised three children, Jessica (Andy) Kempf, Gina Watters, and Alexander Watters. They enjoy spending time with them and their two grandchildren, Halie and Brice. 

Greg was a firefighter for the Robinson Township Fire Department from 1976-2008, retiring as Deputy Chief. He has served the people of the Tri-Cities as a paramedic with NOCHS from 1984-2011, volunteer at the YMCA as a teacher of the cardiac rehab phase 3 classes, and Harbor Humane Society. He is a member of the American Legion Charles A Conklin Post #28, the Knights of Columbus #13865, and AMVETS. Greg and his wife are members of St.Patrick's-St. Anthony's Parish in Grand Haven.

Greg is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys biking, hiking, and kayaking. His duties at Klaassen Family Funeral Home include assisting the directors during visitations and funerals.


Rodger McKay

Rodger McKay

Funeral and Visitation Assistant

Rodger was born and raised in Grand Haven and is a graduate of Grand Haven High School. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, and a former employee of North Ottawa Community Hospital, where he worked for 33 years. 

Rodger has worked for Klaassen Family Funeral Home since 2009. His duties include working visitations and services, as well as assisting with maintenance around the funeral home. 

In his leisure time Rodger enjoys riding his Harley, wood working, and gardening. He volunteers at North Ottawa Community Hospital with valet parking. 

Rodger and his wife, Judi, raised five children, Holly, Kevin, Melodie, Ken, and Mary. They are active members of Spring Lake Wesleyan Church.


Dan Scanlan

Dan Scanlan

Funeral and Visitation Assistant

Dan and his wife, Carol, are originally from Iowa and moved to Grand Haven with their two daughters, Stacey and Nicole (Tim) Tiefenbach when Dan was hired as principal of Griffin Elementary. He retired as principal of Peach Plains Elementary in 2008. 

Dan is a member of the Coast Guard Festival Committee, First Presbyterian Church, and devotes his time during the holiday season to the Crusade for Toys drive sponsored by The American Legion. 

Dan's familiar face brings comfort to many families he's had the pleasure of working with through the school system during visitations and funerals. 

In his leisure time Dan enjoys playing golf, especially in his "unofficial" Tuesday Men's League, and sharing the newest photos of his granddaughter, Finnley.


Bill Richmond

Bill Richmond

Funeral and Visitation Assistant

Bill grew up in Grandville, and attended Grandville High School, as well as Ferris and Davenport Colleges.

In 1967, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Osterink, and together they have three children, Traci, Brenda, and Dennis; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bill attends Second Reformed Church in Grand Haven, and has served as both Deacon and Elder for over 26 years.

Bill worked in sales for Oven Fresh Bakery for 29 years and then managed Save-A-Lot food stores for 13 years, before retiring in 2014.

Bill is a volunteer for the Salvation Army of Grand Haven, and enjoys bowling, golfing and rooting for the University of Michigan, Detroit Tigers, Pistons, Lions, and Red Wings sport teams.

His duties with Klaassen Family Funeral Home are assisting with visitations and funerals.


John Siemion

John Siemion

Funeral and Visitation Assistant

John Siemion has been a life-long West Michigan resident. He is a graduate of Spring Lake High School and Davenport University. He and his wife Wendy live in Grand Haven.

John has worked at various companies in Grand Haven over the years with the last 17 at GHSP/JSJ Corp., retiring in 2012 from the IT Department. During his retirement John was the Club Manager at SGT Alvin Jonker VFW Post 2326 in Grand Haven for three years. John was a director on the Grand Haven Schools Foundation for 12 years. John presently is a member of the Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education since 1999, and has been President since 2014.

John is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 925, Elks Lodge 1200, and SGT Alvin Jonker VFW Post 2326. In his spare time, John enjoys honoring military veterans by taking photographs at various events. He was the official photographer for the Legends Flight that took 94 WWII veterans to Washington DC in October 2014 to visit the WWII Memorial. John also enjoys computer repair and consulting. John's duties at Klaassen Family Funeral Home are assisting the directors with funerals and visitations.



Howard Behm

Funeral and Visitation Assistant



Kamden Cornelisse

Mortuary School Apprentice/Funeral Assistant



Kathy VanDomelen

Funeral Assistant



Linda Mieras

Linda Mieras

Visitation Assistant

Linda (Schroeder) Mieras was born and raised in Grand Haven. After graduating from Grand Haven High School, she worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. for 12 years. Linda retired from D&W Food Centers after 26 years of service. 

When Linda is not working a visitation for Klaassen Family Funeral Home, she enjoys walking along the waterfront, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren. Linda married Ray Mieras after the death of her husband, Wally Schroeder.

Linda has two daughters, Paula (Mark) Bekins and Lisa (Dan) Luckey, and one step daughter, Kimberly Zevalkink. Linda and her husband are members of Hope Reformed Church. She is involved with Brown Bag Lunch Group, DeColores, and The American Legion.


Tammy Glockzin

Tammy Glockzin

Hair Dresser

Tammy Glockzin was born and raised in Grand Haven and has been a life long resident. She attended Grand Haven High School and the Careerline Tech Center for Cosmetology. She then continued her education at Chic University of Cosmetology to obtain her instructors license.  She has been styling hair since 1985.

Tammy has two adult daughters, Shelby and Shae, and a very special little dog, Shylie.

Tammy enjoys volunteering for Blue Bird Cancer Retreat, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, reading, and crafting. 


Marge VanLente

Marge VanLente

Hairdresser

Marge VanLente grew up in Petoskey, Michigan. She and her husband Gregg have two children, Scott (Holly) VanLente and Jill (Rich) Rosenberg. 

Marge graduated from LaParent School of Cosmetology in 1961, and prior to coming on staff at Klaassen Family Funeral Home, she worked at Christian Haven Home. 

Marge and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren, attending their sporting and school events. They are members of St. Patrick's-St. Anthony's Parish in Grand Haven.


Richard Brest

Richard Brest

Pastoral Care

Richard recently moved to Grand Haven from Colorado with his wife Nancy to be closer to their four youngest grandchildren. He is a retired ordained Nazarene pastor of 38 years, with extensive experience in grief support.

Richard has a deep love of God and people. He has three grown children and nine grandchildren. He received his education at Youngstown State University and Nazarene Bible College in Ohio and Colorado, respectively.

Richard is very active in the Church of the Nazarene located just one block from Klaassen Family Funeral Home. He enjoys camping, biking, boating, and skiing with family and friends. He also enjoys listening to the oldies and has been a member of several Gospel singing groups.

Richard is available to meet with families to answer questions, listen to concerns, and offer support during their time of grief and healing.

Telephone: 1-720-212-1795

Email: rlbcolorado@msn.com


Jaime Baumgart

Administrative Assistant

Jaime is an Office Assistant at Klaassen Family Funeral Home. She graduated from Baker College of Muskegon with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Human Services. She joined Klaassen Family Funeral Home in March of 2018. 

Jaime has been a life-long resident of the Grand Haven area, and has one grown child, Cameron. She is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 925 Auxiliary, and enjoys camping, going to the beach, visiting her mom in Florida, and gardening .


Klaassen Family Funeral Home allows her the opportunity to provide comfort and support to families at an extremely emotional time in their lives.

Telephone: 1-616-842-9495

Email: office@klaassenfuneralhome.com


Jenene Young

Office Manager


Telephone: 1-616-842-9495

Email: admin@klaassenfuneralhome.com


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