In memory of
Keizer, Herman Grand Rapids, Michigan Chaplain (Col) Herman Keizer, Jr. age 79, of Grand Rapids, received orders to report to his final duty station, Heaven, on Friday, December 22, 2017. He was preceded in death by his sister Ann (Ron) Hoekstra. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ardis; his sons Bryan Keizer of Las Vegas, NV, and Randall Keizer of Washington DC; brothers and sisters, Robert (Carolyn) Keizer, Beverly (John) Folkerts, Phyllis (Robert) Veldman, Dennis (Loretta) Keizer, Cindy (C.J.) Veldman; and many nieces and nephews. Herm was born in Chicago, IL (1938), and in 1968 was both ordained as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church and commissioned as a Chaplain in the U.S Army. His assignments and accomplishments included serving as Chaplain of the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and NATO Chaplain based in Stuttgart, Germany as well as ministering in Vietnam with the First and Fourth Infantry Divisions where he was wounded twice. He was retired in 1998 when he reached mandatory retirement but was immediately recalled by the Secretary of the Army. His final assignment was Advisor to the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department where he served until his retirement in 2002. Herm was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, 6 Bronze Stars (1 with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Soldiers Medal. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from both Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. In 2010 the Association of Professional Chaplains awarded him their Distinguished Service Award, the first Military Chaplain Endorser to receive the award. Herm also worked on numerous projects and Boards: Heartside Ministries, GRACE, Restorative Justice Healing of Children of Conflict, Micah Center and co-founded the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School (TCU) in 2012, dedicated to educating and researching moral injury and recovery for military veterans. Herm also enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, and singing. Funeral services will be held 6:30 pm Friday, January 5, 2018 at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church (107 LaGrave Ave., GR), with Rev. Ruth Boven and Dr. Neil Plantinga officiating. The family will greet friends and relatives at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, on Thursday, January 4 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Herm's memory may be made to the Herman Keizer, Sr. Scholarship Fund, C/O Calvin Theological Seminary, 3233 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, the Herman and Ardis Keizer Jr. Scholarship Fund C/O Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546, or to the Chaplaincy Care Ministry Chaplain Development Fund, 1700 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, 49508.
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