Obituaries » Eric R. Suender
January 23, 1968 - May 26, 2020
A memorial service to celebrate Eric’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made at gofundme.com/f/eric-suender-glioblastoma-cancer.
Age 52, passed away at Glenn Arbor Hospice on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, after a valiant battle with brain cancer. Eric was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 23, 1968. He earned his bachelor’s in education, master’s in administration and an Education Specialist Degree. Eric spent 30 years in education and was most recently the STEM Executive of Michigan for Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed running and spending time with family and friends in South Haven. Eric was an Eagle Scout and the recipient of the James E. West Fellow Award and honorary Wood Badge. He was also a two-time Olympic Torchbearer and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Eric is survived by his wife, Katherine A. (Russell) Suender; children, Ryan and Koen; mother, Denise Suender; sisters in-law, Jennifer Russell and Connie Vivier and niece and nephew, Carly Frierdich and Harrison Vivier. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond and Betty Jane Suender. Eric was a forever optimist and very inspirational to all who knew him.