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Life Story / Obituary
Brian D. Boukamp was big on love. Love for people and life itself. He was happy to be in the wide open spaces of nature and wildlife and was eager to spend time in the close knit circle of family and friends. Intelligent and dedicated, he worked hard to make life good for those around him. Funny and fun-loving, he played hard and made sure everyone was included. If the measure of his life was to be calculated in the number of friends, then Brian's life was full and overflowing. Yet he was blessed beyond measure by his beloved family.
Brian was born to John Arthur and Martha Elizabeth (Lohman) Boukamp on February 11, 1955 in Muskegon, Michigan. His father supported the family as a heavy equipment operator at Bowen Construction and his mother worked at the Muskegon paper mill.
Along with his older sister Linda and younger sister Suzanne, Brian enjoyed a childhood filled with friends and outdoor fun. Whether waiting for the school bus or shooting pool in the garage, he couldn’t get enough of playing with kids in the neigborhood. Recreational spots like McClaren Lake in Hesperia gave Brian a taste of hunting and fishing that took his father and him all over the country, specifically to Montana and Colorado for elk and to Kentucky for wild boar. Understandably, learning to handle a powerful motorcycle enhanced the excitement of being outdoors. Brian loved nothing more than to hop on his Harley and go for a ride, which on occasion must have been quite dangerous. A news story written about Brian once compared him to Evel Knievel. His daredevil nature also led him to choose white water rafting and parachuting as a few of his “leisure” time activities.
Family vacations provided young Brian with the opportunity to explore North Dakota and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he spent his summers at the home of his paternal grandparents. The family also traveled to Florida to visit his maternal grandparents and experience the excitement of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with Grandpa and Grandma Lohman. At home, Brian and his sisters and parents spent Sunday evenings watching Wonderful World of Disney while eating roast beef sandwiches. Memories of those early years stayed with Brian and gave him an enduring appreciation for family (and a trip to Disney World later in life).
While attending high school, Brian did co-op work with a local business and joined the school’s bowling league. He graduated from Fruitport High School in 1973 and attended Muskegon Community College for a time. Most of his working life, Brian was employed by Ray Stowers at Muskegon Camshaft and then with Engine Power Components, where he held various positions. For Brian, nothing spelled the end of a work week better than inviting friends, such as Mike Stowers and Mike Jenkens, for a few beers and a meal on the grill. He also relaxed with his pets—Hank the Basset Hound, Harley the Chocolate Lab and Simon the Chihuahua.
While married to Karen Fisher, Brian was blessed with a wonderful son and the light of his life, Thomas John, born in 1981. Raising his son in Fruitport, Michigan, Brian was thrilled to be a father. Tom shared his father’s enthusiasm for hunting, which explains family vacations to Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Tennessee. He was responsible for making Brian the grandfather of five beautiful grandchildren. Brian spoke of them endlessly and always with a smile on his face. He was also very happy to have his true love, Lorraine Dykehouse, in his life, and the time they spent together was priceless.
Mr. Brian D. Boukamp, age 61 of Muskegon, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 29, 2016 after battling a long illness. Brian never gave up on living life to the fullest.
Son, Thomas (Alinda) Boukamp; grandchildren, Dominic, Dakota, Rebecca, Tryston, Logan; his love, Lorraine Dykehouse, her children & her granddaughter Lily; sisters, Suzanne Boukamp, Lynda (Darrel) Siegel; nieces & nephews, Lisa, Tim, Diane; dog & companion, Harley. He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Martha Boukamp; nephew, Alex Boukamp.
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 2:00 pm with visitation one hour prior at Clock Chapel - Muskegon with Rev. Ken Shady officiating.
MEMORIAL: Pound Buddies or Make a Wish Foundation.