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CemeteryThe Allendale Township Cemetery is located on the west side of 60th Avenue, between Warner St. and Lincoln St., north of Lake Michigan Drive (M-45), at 12655 60th Avenue. The first recorded burial was in 1851. The original cemetery property consisted of 10 acres, and an additional 10 acres was purchased in 1999 for future expansion.

The cemetery is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.       Click Here for a layout Map

For complete information regarding rules and regulations of the Township Ordinance which governs the use of the cemetery, click here.


If you know of any veterans buried in the Allendale Cemetery that do not have a flag holder, please call This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Township office, 616-895-6295, ext. 6.  

Please note the following:
• All flowers must be planted in movable containers with handles
• The Township will remove all floral designs, flowers, weeds, trees, shrubs, plants or herbage if it becomes unsightly, dangerous, detrimental or diseased
• All trees planted on or removed from any grave sites must be done by the Township
• The Township may remove all wreaths and flowers in late fall
• Footings will be installed by the Township only, after both/all parties named on the headstone are buried



Fall Cemetery Cleanup

The Township maintenance staff conducts a fall clean-up in the cemetery each year at the end of October. Families are asked to pick up floral arrangements and/or any loose items that are now on their family grave sites. During the cleanup process, floral arrangements, both real and artificial, that are not in typical cemetery containers (such as cement urns or baskets with a handle) and any loose items that have not yet been picked up by family members will be discarded. The only exception will be floral arrangements for burials which took place in the months of September and October.


Cemetery Records

Complete burial records are available for research or genealogy by contact Clerk Laurie Richards at 616-895-6295, extension 6, or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for cemetery rates



Veterans in the Allendale Cemetery as of November 1, 2013

Abbey, Nathaniel

Alderink, Jacob

Alderink, James

Arnoldink, Alfred

Ashby, John D

Baird, Marvin

Baker, John

Baker, Kenneth

Baker, Robert

Barbrick, Phillip

Beigley, Clarence

Bell, William

Bement, Harley

Bennett, Lafayett

Berens, Randall

Berghorst, Gerald

Boerema, Wyke

Bouwman, William Jr.

Bradley, Luie

Brouwer, Gerritt

Brouwer, Louis

Brouwer, Peter

Brower, Gerrit

Brown, Charles

Brunger, Peter

Burch, Lynn

Bush, Harry

Canter, Allen

Coeling, Henry Bruce

Cole, James

Comstock, William

Cook, Warren

Cooley, Arthur

Cooley, Cody

Cooley, Henry

Costley, Byram


Danneffel, Earl

DeHollander, James

DeJonge, Derwin

DeJonge, Henry

DeNeff, Lee

Duram, Samuel

Dyke, Gerald

Dykstra, Enouch

Eling, Robert

Eling, William

Elzinga, Edward

Engelsman, Herman

Eno, Clarence

Eseltine, Fayette

Fansler, Robert

Forist, Donald

Former, Dennis

Forsyth, George

Franklin, Clifford

Frazier, Berenice

Frazier, Edgar

Gee, James

Geldhof, Peter,

Gemmen, Albert

Gemmen, Nelson

Geurink, Henry

Geurink, Hermina

Goudzwaard, Eugene

Gould, Earl

Greep, Robert

Groen, John

Gunn, Jacob

Gunn, William

Haisley, James

Hall, Charles

Ham, Charles

Hamstra, Dick

Haynes, Robert

Headworth, Earl

Heaton, Anson

Heriman, John

Herrick, Howard

Herrington, Raymond

Heuvelman, Kenneth

Hill, Horace

Hoekwater, William

Horling, Jake

Horling, Mensir

Horton, Donald

Hovingh, David

Hovingh, Eugene

Hovingh, Isaac

Hulst, Leroy

Jenkins, Bert

Jenkins, Carl

Jenkins, John Jr.

Jenkins, John Sr.

Jeurink, David

Karel, Russell

Kent, Eli

Kidd, Willis

Kleinjans, Benjamin

Kleinjans, James

Klinge, Donald

Kloosterhouse, Henry

Kloosterman, Arnold

Knoper, Ben

Knoper, Frank

Knoper, Henry

Knowlton, Hiram

Knowlton, William

Kol, John

Koster, Henry

Kraker, Alfred

Kraker, Arthur

Kraker, Clarence

Kraker, Gerald

Kraker, Harold

Kraker, John

Kraker, Raymond

Kulikamp, Arthur

Kuzee, Lawrence

Langley, Ralph

LaPreze, Clifford

Lauer, Russell

Leggett, Carl

Leggett, Roger

Lemmen, Donald

Lemmen, Marvin

Lemmen, Roger

Lieffers, Dale

Lowing, Donald

MacDonald, Bert

Mackey, E Robert

Marcusse, Carl

Marcusse, Lawrence

Mast, Corneal

May, Amos

Mazurkiewicz, Eugene

McClure, Edward

McConnell, Herman

McMillan, Ernest

McMullin, Charles

McMullin, Clifford

McMullin, George

McMullin, Lawrence

McNair, Eldon

Meerman, Henry

Miedema, Robert

Miller, James

Miller, Nellie

Miller, Roland

Miner, Dwight

Miner, Israel

Miner, Martin

Mohnke, Leroy

Morse, Leslie

Morse, Lloyd

Nelson, Duane

Neuman, Lloyd

Neuman, Merle

Neuman, Royal

Neuman, Russell

Neuman, William

Nyenbrink, Willard

Oesch, Jack

Ott, Max

Otten, Kenneth

Pals, Corky

Parish, Enos

Parish, Newton

Parish, William

Payne, John

Pearsall, Dewey

Perales, Vincent

Perkins, Albert

Pitz, Christopher

Pixley, Frank

Ploegstra, Harry

Poelstra, Carl

Poelstra, John

Poelstra, Orie

Porter, Asa

Post, Benjamin

Post, Jay

Postma, Carl

Potgeter, David

Potgeter, Gerald

Potter, Donald

Pratt, Marvin

Reinks, Louis

Reister, Francis

Richards, Harvey Jr.

Richards, Harvey Sr.

Riphagen, Gerritt

Ritenburg, William

Roon, Peter

Rosema, Sidney

Rotman, Jay

Rotman, Joseph Jr.

Rotman, Joseph Sr.

Rozema, Thomas

Russell, Marion

Sadler, Warren

Salisbury, Charles

Sall, Roger

Scholten, Howard

Schonwald, David

Schroeder, Alice

Schuiling, Herbert

Scott, Dale

Scott, Forrest

Seabert, Francis

See, Garret

Sessions, Leonard Blaine

Shepard, John

Shephard, Lawrence

Sheridan, Frank

Sietsema, Harm

Sikma, Roger

Simmons, Harvey

Smallegan, Russell

Smead, Chjarles

Smead, Darwin

Smead, Elijah

Snyder, Forrest Jr.

Snyder, Forrest Sr.

Snyder, Frank

Stanton, David

Stanton, Harold

Stanton, Russell

Starner, Cecil

Stevens, James

Stevens, Milo

Stoddard, Joshua Jr.

Stoddard, Joshua Sr.

Swart, John

Tabor, James

Taylor, Leslie

TenBrink, Willard

Tepper, John

Tepper, Wilma

Terpstra, Andrew

Terpstra, Donald

Thayer, George

Thayer, Roger

Thomasma, Johannas

Thurkettle, William

Turk, Donald

VandenBrink, William

VandePanne, Richard

VanderWall, Henry

VanderWest, Gerald

VanDuyn, Louis

VanDyke, James

VanEuwen, Charles

VanOeveren, Robert

VanFarowe, Edward

VenHuizen, Donald

VerLee, Franklin

Vissers, Glenn

Vugteveen, Harry

Waasenaar, Peter

Walcott, Henry

Waldie, Charles

Waldie, Leland

Waldie, William

Wallinga, Louis

Wallinga, Peter

Walwood, Clarence

Walwood, Theodore

Way, Louis

Wellman, Earl

Wilson, Samuel

Wolbrink, Francis

Wolbrink, Leslie

Wolbrink, Lowell

Wolbrink, Ruth

Wydeck, Daniel

Ykema, August

Zichterman, Joe

Zylstra, Constance

Zylstra, Henry











Waste Water Plant

The Waste Water Treatment Plant's hours of operation are 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Daily and weekly checks are made of the water metering stations, the elevated storage tanks, and the sewage lift stations. Water samples from different locations are taken weekly to the Lake Michigan filtration plant for bacterial analysis. Once a year all of the  water valves are closed and reopened, as well as flushing and testing fire hydrants.

The daily work of the Public Utilities Department is divided between the water operations and sewer operations. The Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and the Operators all have the ability to handle the responsibility for the entire water and sewer system if the need arose. This demands that all personnel be well trained. Some of their duties are to rebuild and maintain machinery and motors, repair and modify electrical circuits and controls, inspect water and sewer main construction, water meter installation and repair, water and wastewater lab analysis, and maintain buildings and grounds.


Our Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 11624 40th Ave., is available for tours. If you have any questions, please call us at 895-5142, or email Chad Doornbos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Download Forms:

Automatic Bill Pay form for Water and Sewer payments

Click here to download the Storm Water Procedure and Agreement

Click here to download Bill of Sale

Click here to download Pre-Con Agenda

Click here to download Development Fees

Click here to download the Guarantee Period

Click here to download the Engineers Certificate

Service & Billing Information

Daytime emergencies

Evenings after 4 p.m., Weekends, and Holidays
(616) 608-9710

Waste Water Treatment Plant location
11624 40th Ave., Allendale


Allendale Lifelong Learners is a group that is growing and changing, but a friendly & social place for anybody aged 55 or older.  Kathy Hanes has been the Allendale Lifelong Learners director for the past several years and plans events, outings and meeting each month.

Each week we meet for a social event that involves food: whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Most gatherings have a minimal charge and are available to everybody. The Lifelong Learners have an information newsletter that is sent out each month.  This is a local publication that is full of valuable information and a calendar of events for the senior community.  There are approximately 250 newsletters printed monthly and there has been an increase in event attendance, due to this added service.

Look for the monthly outings to continue with evening and/or day trips occurring each month.   These monthly outings are in addition to the already established noon meals, which occur on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. If you have questions, or would like more information on how you can become involved in the Lifelong Learners, please call Kathy Hanes at 616-843-0572, or email Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lifelong Learners Monthly Newsletter is available by email. Please email Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have the latest copy sent to you.  Also this newsletter is available on the web site and also in the Township Office lobby.

Senior Hotlines
Here is a list of phone numbers to call (at no charge) for facts on a variety of subjects of interest to seniors and their families.


Alzheimer's & Related Disorders Center
1 (800) 272-3900
American Cancer Society
1 (800) ACS-2345
American Council for the Blind
1 (800) 424-8666
American Diabetes Association
1 (800) 232-3472
American Paralysis Association
1 (800) 225-0292
American Parkinson's Disease Association
1 (800) 223-2732
Arthritis Foundation
1 (800) 283-7800
Auto Repair Complaints
1 (800) 292-4204
Cancer Information Center
1 (800) 422-6237
Dental for Seniors
1 (800) 589-2632
Energy Assistance
1 (800) 292-5650
Hill-Burton Information on Free Health Care
1 (800) 638-0742
1 (800) 331-1620
Lawyer Referral
1 (800) 968-0738
Legal Hotline for Seniors
1 (800) 347-5297
Legislative Update
1 (800) 292-5823
Medicare Appeals
1 (800) 365-5899
Michigan Parkinson's Foundation
1 (800) 852-9781
Nursing Home/Long Term Care
1 (800) 292-7852
Physically Impaired Association of Michigan
1 (800) 274-7426
Prescription Drug Credit (form)
1 (800) 367-6263
Social Security
1 (800) 772-1213
Taxpayers Assistance (State)
1 (800) 487-7000
Taxpayers Information (Federal)
1 (800) 829-1040
Utilities (Public Service Commission)
1 (800) 292-9555
Veterans' Information & Assistance
1 (800) 827-0648


North Ottawa County Council on Aging is now called Four Pointes

You can find more information about Four Pointes by going to their web site .  CLICK HERE to connect to their web site.


The mission of Four Pointes is to promote and safeguard the independence and well being of people over the age of 60 in northern Ottawa County.  Four Pointes acts as an advocate, information clearinghouse, and provider of services to individuals and their families through a variety of programs.

The elderly in northern Ottawa County face many challenges. The board and staff at Four Pointes are working to meet those challenges with respect, empathy, and relevant programs. Allendale's caseworker is, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 842-9210. She is a great resource if you have questions. Give her a call today!

Four Pointes is here to serve residents who are over the age of 60 with relevant programs to help seniors live independently. The Allendale Representative on Four Pointes's Board is currently vacant. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in serving on this board.

Doing more with less…. Four Pointes has found creative ways to maintain and even expand services and programs for seniors over the past year. To find out what services are available in the Allendale area, just call the Executive Director, Brigit Hassig, at 842-9210 or 997-1786. The office is located at 1051 South Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven MI 49417.

Four Pointes has added a Home Services Coordinator to supervisor and coordinate programs offered through homemaking and personal assistance. The addition and enhancement of programs in spite of current funding challenges is a testament to the dedication of the Four Pointes staff and volunteers.

The cost of prescription drugs is one of the biggest issues facing seniors today, and Four Pointes has been proactive in its efforts to offer support in this area. Four Pointes's pharmaceutical assistance programs saved a significant amount for low-income seniors during the last fiscal year.

One of the most important services provided by Four Pointes is case coordination, which matches individuals’ needs with local services available to them. Case coordinators saw each of their clients to  assist with Medicaid and Medicare issues.

Available services from Four Pointes are:

• Homemaking help
• Adult day care
• Personal care referrals
• Respite care
• Medicaid waiver referrals
• Care management referrals
• Home delivered meals
• Housing information and referrals
• Medicare/Medicaid assistance programs
• Prescription cost assistance programs

Four Pointes is here to help with information and assistance. Home delivered meals is just one of the many programs offered.

Assistance to seniors who wish to maintain dignity and independence while remaining in their own home is available.

• Home help/companionship
• Homemaker tasks
• Transportation
• In home respite
• Errands and chore services
• Minor home repairs

Four Pointes loans equipment to clients at no charge for as long as it is needed. Donations of gently used items such as wheelchairs, walkers, bath and transfer benches, and four pronged canes are greatly appreciated.

Four Pointes Senior Placement Center is a program that matches employers with retired or non-working seniors aged fifty-five and older who are interested in re-entering the workforce. After filling out a profile sheet, seniors are matched with jobs that reflect their interest or experience. They then proceed through the normal interview process directly with employers.

Four Pointes services senior residents in Allendale Township, Chester Township, Coopersville, Crockery Township, Ferrysburg, Grand Haven, Grand Haven Township, Polkton Township, Robinson Township, Spring Lake Village, Spring Lake Township, Tallmadge Township and Wright Township.

New Nursing Home Guide Released

All of Michigan's 444 nursing homes are featured in a guide that includes information on services and payment options, as well as results of state inspections.  The guide, recently released, is published by the Health Care Association of Michigan, the Michigan Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, and the Michigan County Medical Care Facilities Council.  For more information or access to the guide on the internet, click here!

Site Offers Senior Services

There's a new web site offering Michigan senior citizens and those providing services to them a new source for information on programs available.  The Office of Services to the Aging and e-Michigan have a senior resource hot line to call for information to provide seniors with lists or programs both statewide and regionally.  In addition, it also provides a list of nursing homes, senior centers and home health agencies.

Senior Resource Line 800-442-0054

"Click Here" for more information on Senior Resources that are available.



Allendale Charter Twp Fire Dept

Allendale Charter Township houses Grand Valley State University. We have a population of over 20,000 plus a student population of about 24,000. Allendale Fire Department covers 32 square miles bordered by the Grand River.

Allendale Fire Department consists of 30 members, two of those members being full time employees of the Township, Chief Mike Keefe and Fire Inspector Dave Pelton.  Our call volume for 2015 was  over 1049 calls, the vast majority of those calls being EMS related. The Department continues to grow each year and strives for the professionalism that all fire departments strive for, large or small. 
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Allendale Charter Twp Police Department

Allendale Charter Township contracts with the Ottawa County Sheriff Department for police protection. 
The mission of your Ottawa County Sheriff’s office continues to be that of “preserving public order and supporting the Constitution of the State of Michigan through enforcement of state and local laws.” Their mission is accomplished by providing 24 hour service to Ottawa County communities in the areas of responding to direct request for law enforcement service, criminal investigations traffic enforcement and general assistance to the public.  With this established mission, they continue to place a significant emphasis on the victims and the communities. Their mission is furthered by the ability to office a correctional facility that meets the needs of the criminal justice system in Ottawa County.
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Allendale Township Library

Contact us
Phone: 616-895-4178
fax: 616-895-5178
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Library Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location: 6175 Library Lane, Allendale MI 49401

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am-9pm
Wednesday 1pm-9pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday closed
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Allendale Cemetery

The Allendale Cemetery is located at 12655 60th Avenue, Allendale MI 49401.  It is a quiet, beautiful old cemetery located out in the Allendale countryside. The oldest graves date back to the 1840’s. It is the only cemetery owned and operated by the Township.

For cemetery information, contact Laurie Richards, Township Clerk, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 616-895-6295, ext.


Click here for a layout/map of the cemetery

Click here for birth and death records



Allendale Community Parks

The Allendale Community Park  behind (south) of the Township office, located at 6676 Lake Michigan Drive.  The park is comprised of 40 acres.  During the warm months, the park is a busy place.  We have an outstanding softball and Little League facilities, which attract teams and players from a wide geographic area. 

Facilities include ballfields, premier playground and splash pad, tennis/pickleball courts, basketball court, picnic shelters, Knowlton House Museum and gardens and the Veterans Memorial.


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Senior Living

Allendale Lifelong Learners is a group that is growing and changing, but a friendly & social place for anybody aged 55 or older.  Kathy Hanes is the Allendale Lifelong Learners director.

Here are some web sites that are great reference guides geared toward seniors and those with special needs..
Legal Resources for Seniors
Veterans Benefits for Seniors
Making the Move to Assisted Living
Keeping Seniors Safe with While Remodeling
Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
Advanced Care Planning
Home Accommodations for Seniors
Aging Veteran's Guide to Planning for the Future
Tips for Seniors to Declutter and Organize their Home
Elder Care Resources

Senior Resources - Guide




Water & Sewer Departments

Wastewater Treatment Plant, location: 11624 40th Ave.
Service & Billing Information: 895-6295
Daytime emergencies: 895-5142
Evenings after 5 p.m. & weekends: 616 608-9710


Click Here for the 2018 Water Fact Sheet

Click Here for the 2018 Sewer Fact Sheet

Click Here for a Grand Rapids Water Rate Comparrison

Click Here for the 2015 Water Quality Report

Click Here for the 2017 Water Quality Report

Copy of the 2017 Annual ReportWater and Sewer Departments

Feasibility Study for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Expansion



Knowlton House Museum


General Election  November 6, 2018   

Polls open at 7am - 8 pm

Location:  Life Stream    6561 Lake Michigan Dr


Click Here for Information on

    1. Removal of Straight ticket voting information

   2. Absentee Voting Procedures

   3. Voter Registration Procedures

   4.  Election Day Procedure

  For an Absentee Voter Ballot Application - go to mi.gov/vote

Our Address:
6676 Lake Michigan Drive
PO Box 539
Allendale, MI, 49401

Hours of Operation:
The Township office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am through 5 pm. 

Can't Find Something?

If there is any information that you would like to see added to the Township website, please contact Laurie Richards at 895-6295,ext. 6 or you can contact the clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.