Officer Jonathan Ginka’s funeral: Where you can watch

Norton Shores police officer killed in car crash last week

Officer Jonathan Ginka
An undated courtesy photo of Officer Jonathan Ginka. (Norton Shores Police Department)


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) — The Norton Shores Police Department has provided details about the 5.5-mile funeral procession on Tuesday for Officer Jonathan Ginka, who died last week while on duty.

Ginka, 34, died after his cruiser crashed into a tree on Henry Street in Norton Shores early Wednesday.

Visitation for Ginka will be held Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m at The Lee Chapel at Sytsema Funeral Homes.

Norton Shores Police Department, Officer Jonathan Ginka, visitation
Emergency vehicles display a flag outside Sytsema Funeral Homes for the visitation of Norton Shores Police Department Officer Jonathan Ginka. (May 15, 2017)

Ginka’s funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church at 1110 Dykstra Road in Laketon Township.

Due to space constraints, parking in the Prince of Peace lot is reserved for family members, police officers, city officials and those who need handicapped parking. There will be some parking for friends and supporters in the remaining space in the lot, and overflow parking will be available at the VFW around the corner from Prince of Peace, according to a church official. Shuttles will also be available to bring people to and from the church, she said.

After the funeral, family members and emergency vehicles will escort Ginka’s body to its final resting place at the Laketon Township Cemetery on Horton Road. The procession will proceed east on Dykstra, turn south onto Witham Drive, then west onto Ruddiman Drive, north on Bear Lake Road, and then east on Fenner Road to the cemetery.

There will be intermittent road closures in effect for the procession. NSPD noted Witham Drive would be closed to general traffic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who wish to line the procession route can gather before 12:45 p.m.

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Tuesday in Ginka’s honor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Ginka’s name to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Norton Shores Crime Prevention Fund. Letters of condolence may be sent in care of the Norton Shores Police Department at 4814 S. Henry St., Norton Shores, MI 49441.

Ginka is the first on-duty officer NSPD has lost.

The police department closed at 2 p.m. Monday to allow staff members to go to Ginka’s visitation and funeral. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday. In the interim, neighboring police agencies will be patrolling Norton Shores.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated overflow parking would be available on Dykstra Street. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***