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In Memoriam: Christian Radio Leader Lee Geysbeek

Lee Allen Geysbeek went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 1, after suffering a heart attack. He was 63.

For many years, Geysbeek worked at Christian radio station WCSG at Cornerstone University. He worked the last nine years with Compassion International, serving as the radio marketing director.

Geysbeek was also a member of NRB’s President’s Council and a member of the association’s Board of Directors for several years.

“Hard news to hear,” reported NRB member Westar Media Group in a Facebook post. “[W]e sure appreciated this man and his work at Compassion International and WCSG … a real leader in Christian Radio the past 30+ years .”

“He spent his life trying to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name,” recalled Jeff Taylor, co-host of KCBI’s Mornings with Jeff and Rebecca, during a special broadcast. “That was his mission. That was his life. And he was so good at it.”

In a web post, Taylor’s co-host, Rebecca Carrell, added, “Lee Geysbeek was a man that was a big friend to the Christian Radio industry and for the last decade or so, he worked as a radio executive for Compassion International with the sole purpose of saving as many kids as possible. His legacy is strong and he will be missed by many.”

Geysbeek is survived by his wife, Janice Geysbeek (Ver Strate); children, Kelly and Matt Jacobs, Christopher and Karolyn Geysbeek, Corey and Hope Geysbeek; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Larry and Bev Geysbeek, Ronald and Rachel Geysbeek; father and mother-in-law, Lyle and Helen Ver Strate; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rick and Phyllis Ver Strate, Rodney Ver Strate, Joni and Glenn Merritt; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Betty Geysbeek.

A celebration of Geysbeek’s life will be held on Friday, December 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Jamestown Baptist Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Friday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at Jamestown Baptist Church.

“He was a very devoted father, husband, and grandfather,” noted Roger Lonnquist, general manager of Your Network of Praise, which worked with Geysbeek to build a trade school in Tanzania. “I know that his family is really feeling the loss right now. So please be praying for the Geysbeeks back in Michigan as they go through this loss.”

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International.

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