Funeral plans made for sextuplet’s dad

The Van Houten family. (File photo)
The Van Houten family. (File photo)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Funeral arrangements have been made for the father of Michigan’s first set of surviving sextuplets.

Ben Van Houten, 39, was playing in his yard Wednesday night with his children and had just completed setting up a trampoline for them when he suffered a fatal heart attack, according to Van Houten’s father-in-law, Calvin Reimink.

Reimink said his son-in-law, who had a history of heart problems, was “a loving dad who always put God first.”

Van Houten and his wife of 15 years, Amy, became local media fixtures after the January 2004 births of their sextuplets, John, Gerrit, Samantha, Nolan, Peyton and Kennedy. The couple also has another daughter, Drew, who Reimink said is now 7 years old.

“He was the most selfless person I’ve ever met. He was just a servant, through and through. Every fiber,” Amy Van Houten said in a statement provided by the Van Houtens’ Church, Calvary Baptist in Holland.

Ben Van Houten was baptized into Calvary Baptist 16 years ago and he was a deacon on the church’s leadership council.

Visitations have been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Calvary Bapitst Church in Holland from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Van Houten’s funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Calvary Bapitst Church.

Those who wish to help out the Van Houten family can send memorial contributions to the Van Houten Children’s Trust c/o, Macatawa Bank, 4758 136th Avenue; Hamilton, MI 49419.

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