Grand Rapids, MI – The community of Grand Rapids, Michigan, mourns the passing of Adam Vander Ark, a cherished longtime resident. Adam, aged 49, succumbed to leukemia on February 8, 2023, following a brief but courageous battle against the illness.
Remembered for his resilient spirit and passion for sports, Adam’s life was a testament to perseverance amidst adversity. His journey was marked by challenges, embraced with an unwavering optimism that endeared him to many. Notably, Adam found solace and joy in wheelchair basketball, softball, and his ardent support for the Michigan Wolverines.
Born on July 24th, 1973, Adam’s life was enriched by his roles as a devoted father to Gabriel, a beloved brother to Heather and Christian Altena, and a cherished uncle to Seth, Elijah, Ella, and Sophie.
His unwavering affection for the Chicago Cubs symbolized Adam’s blend of hope and resilience. The pinnacle of his life coincided with the Cubs’ triumphant 2016 World Series win, an event that brought immense joy and celebration to his life.
Adam’s legacy lies not only in his love for sports but in his ability to see the goodness in people. His resilient spirit, unwavering faith, and quick sense of humor made him an inspiration to all who knew him.
Funeral arrangements and an obituary for Adam Vander Ark will be shared later by the family.
Grand Rapids, situated along the Grand River in Michigan, boasts attractions like the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, showcasing diverse art collections featuring renowned artists like Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, and Ai Weiwei. The city’s downtown area highlights the Grand Rapids Art Museum, a space dedicated to Michigan artists, alongside numerous breweries scattered throughout the town.