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John Henry Primus

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“Mrs. Primus, John, Gwen, Ann, & Jim,When I heard from my parents of your loss of husband and father I was saddened. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: John VanDerWiele - Niantic, CT

“Dear Mrs. Primus, Marcia, and Ann-and the rest of your familyI am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed reminiscing with John about the Good ole days...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Pamela Stevens-Noble RN - MI

“Well done. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jim Morren - Conrad, MT

“The MacPherson family sends much love to John and Brenda, and the circle of family and friends grieving this wonderful man's departure and...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Dale MacPherson - Fairfax Station, VA

“It's hard to sum up something meaningful to say during this time of loss. But, please know we are praying for all of you. I didn't know your dad, Ann...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Barb Vance - Nashville, TN

“Dear Primus family:You've lost a wonderful, graceful, thoughtful husband, father, grandfather, and brother. My sympathy goes out to you, especially...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“We got to know know John while he was our neighbor at Raybrook Estates II. Couldn't find a nicer man. A true Gentleman. Always had a smile for us. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Bert & Frederika Tameling - MI

“Hi Ann (and Mark), I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate John's amazing life. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Amy Langenkamp - South Bend, IN

“Mr. Jim and Mrs. Kim Primus; we offer our deepest condolences to you and your family. You two are very instrumental in the Grand Rapids Christian...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Chakenya Blakely - Kentwood, MI

“I had the privilege of serving on the Calvin faculty during the time John was there as well. He was a warm and wonderful human being as well as a...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: R Scott Stehouwer - Grand Rapids, MI

“When we moved into a house in Washington DC, John and June were our first house guests, here chaperoning Calvin's Capella choir. Later Dr.John was...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Ginger Primus - McLean, VA


12 of 13 | Posted by: gerald talen - chicago, IL

“We join the Calvin Church family in expressing our sympathy to the Primus family on the loss of Dr. Primus, a friend to us all, who has now gone home...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: A friend


John passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018.

John was a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan at the time of passing.

A graduate of Calvin College and Seminary and the Vrije University in Amsterdam, John served as a pastor in Cleveland, Ohio, and taught for many years in the religion and theology department at Calvin College.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall see God." Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, November 8, 5:00-8:00 pm, at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St., S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Rapids Christian Schools or Calvin Christian Reformed Church Family Assistance.

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