Donald Geukes passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018 at his home. 


Donald was born July 24, 1940 in East Grand Rapids, the son of Chester and Eleanor (Smith) Geukes.  Following graduation from Thornapple Kellogg High School in 1958, and attending Michigan State University, Don returned home to help run the family business.  He owned and operated Geukes Market for over thirty five years.  Don was instumental in the building of the new Barry County fair grounds, Taste of Middleville, Relay for Life in Barry County. 


Don received many awards for his outstanding contributions in business and community service, and they include; Michigan Meat Association Outstanding Award, Outstanding 4-H Leader Award, Senior Citizen of the Year Award, and the Liberty Bell Award.  A member of the Barry County Fair Board for over thirty five years, Don loved the fair and would often visit other fairs to compare and get new ideas for his beloved fair. Don was also a member of the Leighton Church.  He enjoyed raising sheep and Angus Beef, brush hogging and farming. 


On July 10, 1965, Don married  the love of his life, Janet Solomon, who survives.  Other members of his family include, a daughter and son in law, Jennifer and Dan Myers, a son and daughter in law, Donald Jeffrey and Sarah Geukes, a sister Ruth Geukes, grandchildren: Nicholas, Taylor and Lauren Myers, Jack and Emma Geukes. 


A Memorial Service will be conducted, Sunday, August 19th, 2018, at 3:00p.m. at the Barry Expo Center with Pastor David McBride officiating a Celebration of Life, followed with food and fellowship from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.  Private burial will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery. 


Memorial contributions to Barry County Agricultural Fair Improvement-Pavement Fund. or Leighton Church Missions Fund will be appreciated.  Please visit to share a memory or to leave condolence.









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