of Chelsea, Michigan, age 84, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. He was born August 14, 1938, in Zeeland, Michigan, the son of Joseph Henry & Diletta (Buter) Waldyke.  Dr. Waldyke was a family physician in the Chelsea area for many years and was one of the founders of Chelsea Hospital. He was a member of Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church and worked with the Boy Scouts, Special Olympics, and the Chelsea Schools Sex Education Committee.

On August 28, 1959, he married Mary Van Klavern in Holland, Michigan, and she survives. Other survivors include four sons, Michael (Jackie) Waldyke of Dexter, David Waldyke of Frederic, Daniel (Jennifer) Waldyke of Lakewood, CO, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Waldyke of Simpsonville, SC; a daughter, Kathryn (Roger Fliege) Waldyke of Carbondale, IL; three sisters, Mary (David) Vander Yacht of Pinckney, Nancy (Ernest) Pierik of Woodstock, ON, Karen Wolthuis of Pinckney; four grandchildren, Jason, Kate, Matthew, and Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Ken Wolthuis.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. at Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Kristen Livingston and Rev. LeAnn Seto officiating. A private burial will be at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Sunday, September 18, from 1-4 pm & 6-8 pm and at the church Monday from 10-11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to the Huron Valley Humane Society or Chelsea Hospital.

Click here to watch the video of Dr. Waldyke's funeral (you may want to jump to 17:00 when the funeral starts)



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#24 Ellsworth Petsch 2022-09-20 23:40
Dr. Waldyke was the kindest doctor and very knowledgeable. He always took the time to listen.
He was our family doctor for many years. He even delivered my youngest daughter at home. He was an overall great person to know.
So sorry for your family’s great loss.
Praying for you and your family.
Let me know if I can help you in any way.
#23 Marilyn Elkins 2022-09-19 18:40
Dr, Waldyke was a great doctor, and a pleasure to work with. Prayers go out to his family.
#22 Cheryl Cochran 2022-09-19 09:17
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family sweet Kathryn. What an awesome selfless man, your father...many nice tributes!
#21 Shirrell Fischer 2022-09-18 14:25
The best doctor our family has ever had!
#20 Margaret Hafner 2022-09-18 11:55
My deepest condolences to the Waldyke family. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Dr Waldyke was a caring and compassionate man who cared for four generations of my family. He knew my history first hand.
#19 Linda Harthorn 2022-09-17 21:16
Praying for peace and comfort for the entire Waldyke family. (I remember when my brother "Little Ray" was ring-bearer at Jerry and Mary's wedding. He had the best time with the break-apart car that he received for doing that!)
#18 Kathleen Ensor 2022-09-17 20:47
If Dr. Waldyke was anything like his daughter, Dr. Kathryn Waldyke, he must have been a wonderful human being and physician. I am thinking of the family at this time and am truly sorry for your loss.
#17 Sarah Hodges 2022-09-17 19:20
My sincere condolences to the entire family. I am so sorry for your loss.
#16 Alison Elliott 2022-09-17 16:35
I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Waldyke's passing. He was a great and kind doctor and a wonderful employer. He will be missed.
#15 Diane Horschak 2022-09-17 16:27
My condolences and prayers to the Waldyke famIly.

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