Gerald “Jerry” Bax ’42

Gerald “Jerry” Bax ’42

Having sung in church choirs all his life in Holland, Pontiac and Grand Rapids, Gerald has now joined the heavenly choir after passing away on May 27, 2020.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; his sisters Ruth (Tony) Kempker; Phyllis Swierenga; and brother-in-law John (Arlene) Ligtvoet.

Jerry is survived by his nephews and nieces Garry (Gloria) Kempker, Steven (Nancy) Kempker, Jon (Colleen) Ligtvoet, and Pamela Ligtvoet; and friend Kathy O’Breen.

Mr. Bax honorably served his country during World War II in the US Army Medical Administration Corps. He was a graduate of both Hope College and University of Michigan and went on to serve as a hospital administrator at Ferguson Hospital, Pontiac State Hospital and the Michigan Veterans Facility. He was also a founding partner of the Grand Valley Health Plan.

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