Pastor Harvey J. Baas, of Rockford, age 84, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday evening, July 20, 2013. He was a loving and committed husband, father, grandfather and pastor of several Christian Reformed churches. Pastor Baas was the youngest of 13 children born to Tys and Maggie Baas. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marilyn (Bierema) Baas; sister, Mrs. Tena DeKorver; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Doris Baas and Mrs. Anne Baas; children: Kathee Watkins, Leslie and Michael Yoder, Ruthann and Richard Ford, Ellen and Jerry Romer, and David and Jennifer Baas; grandchildren: Christopher and Trevor Watkins, Audriana, Madilyn, and Tys Yoder, Elizabeth and Scott Norton, Zachary and Lacey Ford, Spencer Ford, Nicole Quinlan, Alyssa and Adam Romer, Maraika and Aaron Baas; great-grandchildren: Paige and Liam Norton; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford, Michigan with Pastor Jim Alblas officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to World Renew, the relief and development organization of the Christian Reformed Church, 2850 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church, after the service, on Friday evening.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com