Went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday morning, November 18, 2021. Roy was born July 9, 1929 in Chicago, IL the son of Henry and Anna (Klooster) Valkema. He was the owner of Tri City and Commercial Waste Disposal of Kalamazoo until his retirement. Roy loved his God, his family, his flowers and his cows. He was an avid fisherman and he loved his winter home in Everglades City, FL.
On February 21, 1964 Roy was united in marriage to his loving wife, Marilyn (Noble) who preceded him in death on October 14, 2017. He was also preceded in death by his brother Albert Valkema and his sister Evelyn (Paul) Dean. He is survived by his children, Henry (Colleen) Valkema, Carol (Randy) VanDyke, Mark (Susan) Nap; grandchildren, Greg (Maddie) Nap, Angela (Chris) Reiter, Mellisa Kakarian, Brad (Olivia) VanDyke, Henry M. Valkema, Heath Valkema and Anna Valkema; great-grandchildren, Drew and Jackson Reiter, Hunter Nap, Damien and Wyatt Kakarian, Finley VanDyke and Cope Palmer and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may meet the family from 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday, November 23 at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, 3926 South 9th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Services will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, November 24 at Westwood Christian Reformed Church, 620 Northampton, Kalamazoo, MI. Private interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo. Memorials may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the Everglades Community Church, 101 S. Copeland Ave., Everglades City, FL 34139. To view Roy's personalized webpage, please visit https://www.langelands.com