Our Staff

Licensed Funeral Directors

  • Jeffrey R. Matthysse

    Jeff is an owner of Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf along with Fred DeGraaf and John Kuiper. Jeff became a licensed funeral director in the year 2000 and can be primarily found working at the Kentwood and Caledonia funeral homes. Jeff has a lovely family including his wife, Tara, and two children.

  • John F. Kuiper III

    John is a third generation funeral director, who began working in the family business with his father in 1986. He lives in Grandville with his wife, Cheri, and their five children.

  • Fred J. DeGraaf

    Fred DeGraaf is a third generation funeral director, following his grandfather, John Kuiper and father, Ed DeGraaf, into the business in 1985. He graduated from Calvin Christian High School, Davenport University, Aquinas College and Wayne State Mortuary College. Fred and his wife, Donna, live in the Byron Center area and have three children.

  • Doug Chapin

    Doug has been serving families since he was licensed in 2002 and is passionate about working with Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf. He currently lives in Hudsonville with wife, Kristi, and their three boys.

  • Michael C. Matthysse

    Cousin to Cal and Jeff Matthysse, Mike attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science and became state licensed in 1995. He resides in Jenison and is active in both his church and community.

  • Rachael Venlet

    Rachael Venlet is proud to serve with the Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf families and staff. She began in funeral service in 2000 and studied Mortuary Science at Wayne State University. A licensed funeral director since 2002, she is now serving at all locations.

  • Randall J. Shassberger

    Randy Shassberger has lived his entire life in the Wyoming / Grandville and Jenison area. Graduating in 1987 from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Randy brings his 25 years of experience to the Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf staff and the families they proudly serve.

  • Paul Kooyer

    Paul graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2003 and became licensed that same year. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

  • Mike Larabel

    Mike attended Wayne State University of Mortuary Science and became state licensed in 1970. After serving 38 years in the fire service, he is excited and pleased to return to the funeral service with Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf to serve the families in our communities. Mike lives in Wyoming with his wife, Pat and spends his spare time with his three children and seven grandchildren.


Funeral Preplanning Specialists

Family Aftercare Service Coordinator

Support Staff