In memory of
DeRidder, Lee Lee Francis DeRidder, 78, passed peacefully, surrounded by his family, on November 1, 2019. Lee, known affectionately as both "Buzz" and "Herb," was born on March 22, 1941 to parents Francis Jay and Dorothy Louise DeRidder in Grandville, Michigan. He was the eldest brother of Richard (Dawn) and James (Rosemary). Together with former wife and cherished friend, Linda Jean Cook, he had one beloved son, Dean Stephen DeRidder. While his many accomplishments - including his 33-year career as an industrial engineer for General Motors - were important to him, his true passion was his family. He put his heart and soul into raising Dean; his three granddaughters Tierney DeRidder-Beach, Dakota King (Timothy), and Jourdan DeRidder; and their brother, Max Sweeney. He cherished the opportunity to teach, support, encourage, and love the people in his life - including the many adored nieces, nephews, and friends by whom he is survived. For these reasons, this incredible, larger-than-life man will always be remembered as Papa. There will be a memorial gathering at a family home on Saturday, November 16th, for anyone who would like to celebrate his life. Please contact Jourdan for details: firstname.lastname@example.org or (586)-265-7694. To honor Lee's lifelong dedication to supporting and developing young lives, contributions can be made to Grand Rapids Early Discovery Center at https://grand-rapids-early-discovery-center.snwbll.com/giving-portal .
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