History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

From simple beginnings in 1929, Sytsema Funeral Homes has grown to be one of Muskegon's most respected names in funeral service. The business was founded in Muskegon, by John Sytsema after previously practicing his profession in Jenison and McBain, Michigan in the early 1900s.

After John's death in 1941, 3 major additions were built onto the original house at 737 Apple Avenue, with additional land acquisitions being made simultaneously throughout the years, under the direction of Martin Sytsema. Today, over 87 years later, we have adopted the changes of society, and expanding our presence in Muskegon County by merging on April 1, 1976 with Max L. Walburn of the Walburn Funeral Home. We offer complete funeral services at either location.

In 2003 Lee Funeral Home joined Sytsema Funeral Home, to combine our efforts in helping families. Lewis B. Lee founded the Lee Funeral Home in 1920. L.B., as he was known, began his career in funeral service in Jackson, Michigan prior to World War I. Today, we are committed to serving the families with the same compassion and commitment to service that has become both families' tradition.

Over the years, and throughout the changes, our philosophy has remained the same, "To serve people as friends, personally and efficiently."


1960 - The Sytsema Chapel

1960 - The Sytsema Chapel

1969 - The Sytsema Chapel

1960's - The Walburn Chapel