In Loving Memory of Steve VanderZiel | Miedema Auctioneering



We are deeply saddened over the lost of a dear friend this weekend. Steve VanderZiel was a long time friend and customer of our family and our business. We knew Steve from church, our kids attending the same school, and through many business ventures. One of my recent conversations with Steve was asking him if he would take some time to help a friend of mine, who was going to Africa doing mission work to learn some basic welding skills. Steve didn’t hesitate but rather said "Let me know when you’re going to bring him over!" That’s just the kind of guy he was, always willing to help and give any resources he could. Steve was a great man, highly reputable, a great family man, and a sincere Christian, and we can rest in peace knowing that he is in Heaven with his Creator. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends that will all miss him very much. We know that we will. Sincerely, Scott Miedema

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of our husband, father, founder, and boss Steve VanderZiel. In this we trust God has a plan even though we don’t see it now and may never understand. He died doing the thing he had grown to love in his later years, driving his John Deere tractor.
For those who may not know, Steve was our namesake at VanderZiel Machinery. He founded the company after buying a package of machinery for the farm. He kept a few items and sold the rest. He was a man who believed deeply in getting his hands dirty and leading by example, he built the business on the Christian values of honesty, integrity, and respect. Steve had a gift for planning not just to step two or three but usually to step ten or fifteen. Our family has surrounded his vision and have been involved in the business since the beginning. Still to this day the family is very involved in everyday operations.
As many may know, in his later years Steve used his engineering mind to restore old tractors, in his mind the older the better. He would reverse engineer parts even when he didn’t have the original. His ingenuity and ability to solve a problem brought Vander Ziel Machinery to where we are today.
Thank you for your patience and continued support in business over the years. Serving our customers is what drives us and what we will continue to do. We appreciate you!
Visitation: Thursday 11/2 5pm to 8pm at “The Barn” 12166 52nd St. Lowell, MI 49331
Funeral: Friday, 11/3 at NorthPointe Christian, 3101 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
In lieu of flowers please feel free but not obligated to make a donation to NorthPointe Christian Schools Foundation or the Lowell Township Steve VanderZiel Parks Fund.

With Sadness,

The VanderZiel Family