Life Story Service
Saturday, March 26, 2022
4:00 PM EDT
Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes
6080 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
We encourage friends to participate via the live stream which will allow the family and closest friends be present for Ethan's Life Story Service.
A reception will follow Ethan's service in the Life Story Center where food, drinks, and stories will be shared.
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Great Lakes Burn Camp
P.O. Box 6189
Jackson, MI 49204
Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.
1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Taylor's Florist and Gifts
215 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Life Story / Obituary
A self-described goof and nerd, Ethan Eric Andrew Weeldreyer lived a whole-hearted life, rich in family and friends. A kind and generous man, Ethan was well known for his welcoming smile and unwavering kindness. In many ways, Ethan felt more keenly and deeply than many. He was wise, had a terrific sense of humor, listened with empathy, and always found ways to lessen people’s hardships. No matter how difficult life’s challenges were, Ethan chose over and over again to stay calm, talk things out, and find a way to serve others. A treasured son, brother, fiancé, and friend, Ethan’s love and light will continue to live in the hearts and lives of all who were blessed to know him.
The 90s was a decade of much good news and astounding new achievement. The quality of entertainment dramatically improved, and creative brilliance shined in our homes in the likes of Harry Potter, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Friends, and NYPD Blue. Pixar resurrected animation with Toy Story while the digital age boomed with the mainstreaming of the internet, digital phones, 3-D games, and affordable laptops. Peace and Prosperity were the order of the day, and America was vibrant and healthy. Locally, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, life’s good fortunes shined especially brightly for Donna and Eric Weeldreyer as they welcomed their son Ethan into their family on May 27, 1994.
A resident of Kalamazoo his whole life, Ethan attended Alamo Elementary prior to entering the Otsego Public Schools system. In addition to being top of his Business class and running the Otsego High School Store, Ethan was an avid gamer. Speed-typing, a mind for numbers, and skillful gaming were some of his special gifts that led to him winning a special scholarship from a software company that sought him out due to his incredibly high scores. Ethan was also competitive in bowling, ultimately earning the title of junior state team champion. He was also the junior champion of the West Michigan Pistol League in his teens.
Hard-working and dependable, after graduation, Ethan earned degrees from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Davenport University and worked for two businesses. At the age of 18, he took over a department at work and quickly outperformed everyone. His exceptional work ethic and passion led him to become an owner of a local business.
While frequenting Fletcher’s Pub, Ethan had the good fortune of meeting the love of his life, Chrissy Gibbs. As she worked as a server for the restaurant, Chrissy caught Ethan’s eye. He later returned to the restaurant while she was bartending and asked a question about construction to break the ice. It wasn’t long before he asked her for a date. Recognizing his good fortune in finding Chrissy and with his heart set on exploring the future together, Ethan asked Chrissy to be his girlfriend during a special date in South Haven. Two years later, on February 25, 2021, Ethan proposed marriage, and Chrissy said, “yes.”
Beyond his many successes, Ethan will most be remembered for his unwavering devotion to those he loved. He was a remarkable person whose selfless generosity afforded others much-needed support and often a sense of sanctuary. He was charitable in every way. Whether listening to someone as though they were the most important person in the world or making generous charitable donations, Ethan always made sure everyone was taken care of before tending to his own needs. He was proud to participate in charitable events like the Hero Salute Golf Outing and never hesitated to give what he could. His dog-out fights for a dinner bill and tips were legendary, as was his quickness to alleviate any discomfort. His parents were incredibly proud of the loving, generous person Ethan chose to be, and his beloved pups thought he was amazing. His greatest joys were Chrissy, their pups, and his work. He loved hosting and cooking for friends and family and was a huge movie buff. He even once rented out a theatre to celebrate his birthday. Everyone’s go-to-guy for advice, levity, and support, Ethan was committed to handling challenges calmly. He carefully talked things out with Chrissy or family and consistently strove to find the good in every person and situation.
Without a doubt, a world absent of Ethan’s steadfast companionship, vibrant smile, and corny jokes feels surreal and uncertain. As we grieve, may we find much comfort in our many treasured memories. May we also find comfort in the honor of carrying his legacy forward. In each moment we dedicate ourselves to listening with kindness and compassion, inspiring laughter, and giving what we can, we celebrate how Ethan gifted the world. In this way, we keep Ethan’s spirit alive and inspiring others as he so inspired each of us.
Ethan Eric Andrew Weeldreyer died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at his home. Ethan is survived by his parents: Eric and Donna; siblings: Alex (Jim) and Andis (Adrian); and fiancé, Chrissy Gibbs. He is also survived by his Uncle Jon, Aunt Michelle; cousins: Greta (Sam), George (Christy), Ashley (Kyle); and Chrissy’s family. A Life Story Service will be held Saturday (MAR 26) 4PM at Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900, followed by a reception in the Life Story Center. We encourage friends to participate via the live stream which will allow the family and closest friends be present for Ethan's Life Story Service. Please visit Ethan’s personal web page at BetzlerLifeStory.com, where you can read his life story, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his online guestbook before. Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Burn Camp.