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Obituaries Archives for 2017-02

Stephen Louis VanRavenswaay

Stephen VanRavenswaay , age 44 of Dowling, Michigan and formerly Orange County, Florida, passed away February 3, 2017 at his residence. 


Stephen was born September 11, 1972 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of David L. and Sharon K. (Kotesky) VanRavenswaay. He graduated from Wayland High School in 1990. Steve married Lisa Marie Douglas on August 26, 1995. 

Stephen was a retired firefighter from Florida's Orange County Fire Rescue where he worked for seventeen years.  He also worked for Volusia County fire Services (FL) for two years. He had a passion for little league softball, which he served as president of the association.  Stephen  had a bawdy sense of humor and loved helping people, on and off the job.  He loved spending time with his two daughters, Stephanie and Brittney, wife Lisa of 21 years and his firefighter family. 

Stephen will be greatly missed by all that knew him.   

Stephen is survived by his wife, Lisa VanRavenswaay of Dowling, daughters, Brittney and Stephanie VanRavenswaay, parents, David and Sharon VanRavenswaay, brother, Bryan (Gloria) VanRavenswaay, In-Laws, Loretta and Randy Feinman, and James Douglas and Arlene Douglas, brother and sister-in-laws, James and Lesley Douglas, Michael and Heather Feinman, Jaime Drucker, many aunts, uncles, cousins and his fire rescue family.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.  A Memorial service will follow visitation at 1:00 pm.  Pastor Steve Olmstead will officiate the service.  A Luncheon will follow the Memorial service at Pleasantview Family Church, 2601 Lacey Rd., Dowling, MI.  

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