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October 2011 Obituaries

Isla Stegink '61 Beld (08/16/11)

Robert Bonthius (08/14/11)

Analene Pruis '53 Botkin (08/25/11)

Marilyn Ray '72 Brown (05/17/11)

James Ceton '64 (08/28/11)

Judi Loebl '75 Ching (08/20/11) 

Don C. DeJongh '59 (07/24/11)

Clarice Workman '48 Emig (07/27/11)

Jay Folkert '39 (08/9/11)

Michael Gerrie (07/30/11)

Marian DeWeerd '44 Hietbrink (07/19/11)

Karen Andreasen '64 Holkeboer (07/24/11)

Mary Ann Peerbolt '57 Johnson (05/12/11)

Lester Kleinheksel (07/30/11)

Corla Poll '79 Kraker (09/4/11)

Charles Larsen '49 (08/12/10)

Frank Lokker '43 (08/29/11)

Kathy Klomparens '64 Malcolm '74 (07/16/11)

Ross Nykamp '80 (08/19/11)

Warren Williams (07/31/11)

Robert Winship '51 (07/04/11)


Isla Stegink '61 Beld of Jenison, Mich., died on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. She was 81.

Isla was a graduate of Holland Christian High school, attended Hope College for three years and received a B.S. Degree from Calvin College upon interning at Butterworth Hospital. She worked at Butterworth as a medical technologist until 1976.

She and her husband then spent winters in Boynton Beach, Fla. and summers on Lake Michigan at Maranatha Bible Conference in Muskegon, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil “Bub” Beld; and her parents, Ben (Minnie) Stegink.

Survivors include her stepchildren, Nancy (John) Sage, Mary (John) Gort, and Doug (Lynne) Beld; brothers, Jack (Betty) Stegink, and Paul (Charlene) Stegink; sister-in-law, Marie (Gerald) Beld; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Robert Bonthius ’40 of Worthington, Ohio, died on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. He was 92.

Born in Pasadena, Calif., Aug. 26, 1918, the son of Holland Dutch parents who had served as medical missionaries in China. Bonthius earned his B.A. with honors in philosophy from Hope College in Holland, Mich.

Called to the ministry, he attended San Francisco Theological Seminary, receiving his B.D. and a Graduate Fellowship. He then went on to Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University in N.Y. for his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. His doctoral dissertation became his first book:Christian Paths to Self-Acceptance: published by Columbia and chosen Book of the Month by the national Religious Book Club.

In 1948, Bonthius accepted the College of Wooster (Ohio) call to be professor of religion. In the next seven years he taught and counseled students, headed a pioneering Carnegie Foundation survey of independent study programs for undergraduates published by Columbia Press, and organized the first multi-county mental health center in Ohio.

In 1955, Vassar College invited Bonthius to be chaplain and professor of religion. In this period he became president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. His writings and published materials included sermons, intercollegiate and professional journal articles in theology, psychology and ethics. Bonthius moved from campus to parish ministry in 1959.

He accepted the call of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland, Ore., to be its senior pastor. His ministry emphasized learning more about the Christian faith, worship and pastoral care as power for Christians in their everyday lives, and the historic Calvinist commitment to involve the church in the world around it. In the nation’s “long hot summer” of 1964 he joined the black community of Hattiesburg, Miss., in its voter registration campaign. Near the end of his Portland ministry, the Jewish community of Portland bestowed on him its B’nai B’rith Brotherhood Award for service to city and state. In 1966, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, asked Bonthius to teach clergy of all faiths how to organize for social changes in their communities.

The success of this five-year pilot program encouraged him to form the Action Training Network of Ohio (ATN). During the ’70s ATN’s statewide staff of 24 trained over 300 local, state and national groups to make systemic changes regarding racism, sexism, hunger, poverty, public education, domestic violence and the environment. Bonthius and his wife, Fran Truitt, made time to travel the Western U.S., Western Europe and East Africa to learn more about the growing, global, economic gap between rich and poor.

In 1980, the couple “retired” to Hancock. Bonthius was the architect and general contractor for their solar energy house. Bonthius was elected president of the Washington-Hancock Community Action Agency. He did volunteer organizing with the Maine Woodsmen’s Association. Bonthius and Truitt served local churches including the Mt. Desert Larger Parish, provided training for 23 Maine community organizations, helped organize the U.S.-Soviet Nuclear Freeze town meetings in Maine, and advocated for U.S. justice toward El Salvador and Nicaragua.

In 1983, Catholic and Protestant groups in Nicaragua asked for support in building a just economic society by stopping the U.S. government Contra War against them. Bonthius and Truitt became co-founders of Witness for Peace (WFP). For the next 13 years (to 1996) each took major leadership roles in WFP at the international level. As poor majority groups in Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, and Columbia have requested international solidarity, WFP has continued to grow: multiplying U.S. delegations and increasing its challenges to U.S. policies that favor the “haves” rather than the “have nots.” During the WFP years, Bonthius became a certified American Tree Farmer, managing their woods for multi-age growth and wildlife, and building trails for enjoyment. The tree farm became a place of rest and renewal for peace activists, friends, and family. In 1990, with others, Bonthius founded the Friends of Taunton Bay (FTB) to stop aquaculture in this fragile estuary and to protect the bay from all types of degradation. He was FTB’s founding president; he served until 1997. In 1998, Bonthius and Truitt gave a conservation easement of their beloved Blue Heron Tree Farm to the Frenchman Bay Conservancy in perpetuity. In 2009, they returned to Ohio to be closer to family members.

Survivors include his wife, Fran Bonthius; sons, Robert Bonthius, Jr., Andrew Bonthius and Coert Bonthius; daughter, Rebecca Lyn; stepchildren, Mary Elizabeth O’Brien, and Robert Carter; and four grandchildren.

Analene Pruis '53 Botkin of New Hyde Park, N.Y., died on Thursday, August 25, 2011. She was 83.

Analene was born on October 13, 1927 in Morrison, Ill., to Carol and Anna (Huizenga) Pruis. She grew up in the Morrison area. She graduated from Delhi School and Morrison Community High School. She then received a diploma from Jane Lamb Memorial School of Nursing in Clinton, Iowa and became a RN. She worked at Jane Lamb and later as a college nurse and at various hospitals.

She graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and later attended Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City for two years and received a Masters' Degree in Psychiatric Nursing, she did her dissertation: Emotional Support Systems of Nurses with the hospital setting, 1985. She was then employed as a psychiatric nursing instructor at Queensborough Community College, Bayside, N.Y. during which time she completed a doctorate in Nursing Education form Columbia University.

She retired after 23 years in 1994. Analene married Rev. Charles T. Botkin in 1952. He passed away in 2010. They were the parents for three children, Karl, Mary and Janet.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Botkin; her parents Carl and Anna Pruis; two brothers, James Pruis and Charles Purist.

Survivors include her two daughters, Mary Orenchuk, New Hyde Park N.Y. and Janet Botkin, Bayside N.Y.; one son, Karl (Rose) Botkin, Massapequa Park, N.Y.; and two sisters, Ruth (John) Boender, Boyden, Iowa and Carlene Pruis, Morrison, Ill.

Marilyn Ray ’72 Brown of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. She was 61.

Marilyn was employed by Herrick District Library for over 33 years. She started in September 1977. She was responsible for planning and overseeing all children and teen programs at Herrick, including story hours, summer reading programs, puppeteens and book talks.

Marilyn was also responsible for the selection of all children’s materials for the library, the budgeting or the department, and the scheduling and supervision of all Children’s/Teen staff. Marilyn brought in some wonderful talented, nationally recognized story tellers for the community to enjoy. Marilyn served on the Management Team for Herrick. She also served on the Board of the Michigan Library Association and was active on the Youth Services Committee for the Lakeland Library Cooperative.

She became Acting Children’s Librarian in November, 1980 and Children’s Librarian (department Head) on January 3, 1982. Marilyn was a long-time member of AAUW (America Association of University Women). She was involved with publicity and the annual book sale.

Marilyn loved to read, garden, and go antiquing with friends. Marilyn joined Third Reformed Church in October 1972 and was a very faithful member. She was a member of the Matins and Sanctuary choirs, and served on various committees within the church. She also served on the Consistory, as both Elder and Deacon.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Lusk of North Little Rock, Ark., nephew, Robbie and Liz Lusk of Bentonville, Ark; niece Christie and Todd Jackson of North Little Rock, Ark; two grand-nephews, Tyler and Caleb Jackson.

James Ceton ’64 of Grand Haven, Mich., died on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. He was 69.

He was born June 10, 1042 in Muskegon to Sidney and Marjorie (Schroeder) Ceton, Jim and his wife of 43 years, Mary Lou Franks of Grand Haven, made their home on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert in Niger, West Africa from 1970-1991.

They served the Lord there by providing medical care for the people of Niger at SIM’s (Serving in Mission) Gaimi Hospital. Over the past twenty years, Jim has continued to care for people as a physician at Georgetown Medical Center in Jenison and hospital in Zeeland, Holland and Ludington. During this time, he and Mary Lou have continued to make several working visits to Gaimi Hospital.

Jim’s love for the Lord was clearly evident as he raised his family of four children with Mary Lou. Daily he demonstrated what it meant to follow Christ as he interacted with patients, colleagues, family, friends, and strangers. A humble man, he prayed that God would be honored in every situation. He shared his love of learning, carpentry,nature, bow hunting, manual labor, and discovery with many.

Jim was a man of patience, compassion, humor and attention to detail. He carried a pen and 3x5 cards in his chest pocket to draw explanatory sketches for his patients and to jot down things to remember. He loved to teach in a medical setting as well as to make complex medical issues easier for people to understand.

Jim was a member with Mary Lou of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids. He was Board Certified in General Surgery, and he was a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. Jim and Mary Lou cherished the Lord, each other and their family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney (Marjorie) Ceton; and father-in-law, James Franks Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mary Lou Ceton; four children, Randall (Rebekah) Ceton, David (Laura) Ceton, Karen (Matthew) Jackson and Rebecca (Nicholas) Risedorph; 8 grandchildren, Seth and Luke Ceton, Andrea, Joel and Renee Ceton, Jacob, Lydia and Grace Jackson; two sisters, Ginger (Roger) Wolffis and Rebecca (Albert) VanSteenkiste; and mother-in-law, Shirley Franks.

Judi Loeble ’75 Ching of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. She was 58.

Born on Nov. 2, 1952, in Detroit, Judi graduated from Hope College in 1975 with a bachelor of science in chemistry and biology. In 1978, Judi earned a masters of education in blind rehabilitation, teaching visually-impaired students fro Northern Illinois University.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Dale Ching; children, Jon Ching, Anne and Shaun Griffin and Chris Ching; four grandchildren, Jocelyn and Jia Ching, and Sophia an dAlex Griffin; and one lovely daughter-in-law, Diana Ching; parents, Robert (Anne) Loebl; sister, Elizabeth, (who is the director of Hope’s Upward Bound) (James) Colburn; and nieces and nephews, Kelsey ’12 and Kaitlin ’13 and Jamie.

Don C. DeJongh ’59 of Palo Alto, Calif., died suddenly on Sunday, July 24, 2011. He was 74.

During his career as an organic chemist, he served first as a university professor and later in private industry in his specialty of mass spectrometry.

He retired to pursue activities in volunteer organizations including the American Red Cross disaster services, traveling to more than a dozen disasters from floods, to tornadoes and hurricanes, to New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Three years ago he completed walking the thousand-mile medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James, from Le Puy, France to Santiago de la Compostela, Spain.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Miriam Klaaren ’60 DeJongh; their children, Don Frederic, Matthew (member of the Hope College computer science faculty), Katherine; and six grandchildren, including Matthias ’14 and Nicholas ’15 DeJongh.

Clarice Workman ’48 Emig of Norton Shores, Mich., died on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. She was 85.

She was born in Muskegon, Mich., on January 7, 1926 to John & Angie (Medema) Workman and graduated from Muskegon Heights High school and receive her teaching degree at Hope College.

Casey married George Emig on October 14, 1949. She had been a teacher at Mona Shores Public Schools for 20 years until retiring in 1988. She attended Forest Park Covenant Church and was a member of the West Shore Tennis Club, Muskegon Country Club and CAM Club.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, George Emig Sr.; sons, David (Lisa) Emig of Muskegon, George Emig Jr. of Calif., Scott Emig of Calif.; grandchildren, David, Derek, Lindsay, Nicole, Alexis and Kristofer; great-granddaughter, Addison; sister, Ruth (Carl) Robbins of N.J.; brother John (Lois Op’t Holt ’53) Workman ’51 of Holland; Sister-in-law, Maxine Harry of Fla.

Jay Folkert ’39 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. He was 94.

Dr. Folkert taught at Hope for more than three decades (1946-1982) and played a formative role in the college’s mathematics program. The Jay Folkert and Charles S. Steketee Mathematics Research Fund at Hope is named in honor of him and colleague Charles S. Steketee.

Folkert joined the faculty during a time of dramatic enrollment increase at the college, as former servicemen enrolled in large numbers following the end of World War II. He was a veteran of the war as well, serving as a weather office in the United States Army Air Corps form 1942 to 1945 He received the bronze star in 1944.

He chaired the department of mathematics at Hope for 14 years, from 1957 until 1971, and was also acting chairperson in the spring of 1974. During his first tenure as chair, the department moved into its current quarters in Wanderer Hall, which opened in 1964. and the faculty increased from three professors to nine.

Improvements were made in the curriculum both in service courses and in courses for students majoring in mathematics. The mathematics major was strengthened both by the number of courses offered and also by the content and level at which they were taught. Folkert was instrumental in the preliminary stages leading up to the purchase of the college’s first computer in the 1960s, and introduced the use of computers in teaching at Hope with his Introductory Statistics class.

He was supportive of the creation of courses in computer science, which began in the mathematics program, with computer science becoming a separate department in the early 1970s. He initiated a series National Science Foundation-supported summer institutes at Hope for high school teachers, directing the program for 10 years. Courses taught were especially designed for experienced teachers, and guest lecturers complemented the Hope faculty members involved in the undertaking.

Folkert was born in Overisel, Mich., and attended school in Overisel Township through eighth grade before enrolling in Hope College High School for four years. He subsequently attended the college, from which he graduated in 1939 with a mathematics major, and completed a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1940.

He began his professional career as a teacher in the Hamilton Public Schools form 1940 to 1942, teaching sixth to eighth grade until he entered the army. Following his wartime service, he returned to teaching in January 1946, initially in the mathematics department at Holland Christian High school until joining the Hope faculty in the fall of that year.

During his time at Hope, in 1955, he completed his doctorate in mathematics at Michigan State University. Active professionally beyond campus as well, he had chaired the Michigan section of the Mathematical Association of America in the early 1970s. Through the years he was also active in the Reformed Church in America, of which he was a life-long member, including as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher at Fourth reformed Church in Holland; as president of the Holland Classis; as a member of the Board of Theological Education; and as treasurer and secretary of the Classical Board of Benevolence.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marian Folkert; children, Elaine Folkert ’68 (Harvey ’69) Heneveld, Victor (Nancy Warren ’77) Folkert ’72, Calvin (Eva Dean ’83, who is an assistant professor of kinesiology and co-director of athletics) Folkert ’81; seven grandchildren, including Elisabeth Heneveld ’98 Straley, Rebecca Heneveld ’96, Peter (Christine) Folkert ’10 and Matthew Folkert ’13; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, a sister; and three sisters-in-law.

Michael Gerrie of Winter Park, Fla., who died on Saturday, July 30, 2011. He was 73.

He was a member of the college’s student development staff from 1967 until 1983. His responsibilities through the years had included serving as head resident of Kollen Hall, as director of housing, as associate dean of students and, beginning in 1975, as dean of students.

Marian DeWeerd ’44 Hietbrink of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., died on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. She was 88.

Marian grew up in and around Holland. She was a graduate of Hope College, where she met her beloved husband of 62 years, John.
Marian, “Penny” to all who knew her, always served the Lord gladly and loved with an open and cheerful heart. For many years, she was the librarian of the Ft. Lauderdale Christian School.

She served often on church committees, taught Sunday school, and frequently took charge of the church library. She loved her family and taught them to love learning, laughter and the Lord.

She was preceded in death by husband, John Hietbrink ’42.

She is survived by her three children, James, Mary, and Carol (and her husband, Bill); two sisters-in-law, Janet Hietbrink and Marge Kiekintveld (and her husband, Don); and many nieces and nephews.

Karen Andreasen ’64 Holkeboer of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, July 24, 2011. She was 69.

Born in Holland on November 8, 1941, Karen was the daughter of Carl and Agnes Andreasen. She was a graduate of Holland High School and earned a bachelors degree from Hope College. She was a third grade teacher at Pine Creek elementary in the West Ottawa school district.

Karen volunteered at the Holland City Mission soup kitchen and was a member of Fellowship reformed Church. She spent time playing tennis and golf and enjoyed pottery, painting, traveling and sailing.

She was preceded in death by her husband Carl, in 2010; a sister, Joan Lalley in 1990 and a brother-in-law, Bill Lalley Sr. in 2009.

Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Holkeboer of Jenison, Julie (Tracy) Hardy of Waterford; one granddaughter, Ashley Mokma; two step-grandsons, Justin and Matthew Hardy; several nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann Peerbolt '57 Johnson of Fort Myers, Fla., died on Thursday, May 12, 2011. She was 75.

She was born on December 10, 1935 in Holland, Mich., the youngest daughter of Anthony and Jennie Peerbolt. Mary Ann and her husband, Bob, moved to North Ft. Myers from Indianapolis, Indiana in 1994 and enjoyed sixteen happy years in Southwest Florida. She was affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League, having reached the level of Life Master in 1992 and Silver Life Master in 2003.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Johnson '57; children, Linda (Robert) Ochse, Steven (Susan) Johnson, Susan (Thomas Dyar) Johnson, Tammy (Jeffrey) Brodzeller, Timothy (Michelle) Johnson and Robin (Richard) Lattimore; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Lester Kleinheksel of Overisel, Mich., who died on Saturday, July 30, 2011. He was 84.

Born in Filmore, Lester owned and operated a family farm as well as working as a custodian at Hope College.

He was a member of Overisel Reformed Church, serving on past consistories; he served on the Hamilton School Board and volunteered as a fireman on the Overisel Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Bolks Kleinheksel; daughter-in-law, Linda Kleinheksel; and a grandson.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Folkert Kleinheksel; children Dale (Kathleen) Kleinheksel ’71, Cal (Nancy) Kleinheksel ’73, Glenn (Beth) Kleinheksel, Timothy (Ruth) Kleinheksel, Ken (Nancee) Kleinheksel, and Joy (Carl) Meyer; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Jerry (Dawn) Folkert, Ward Folkert, Scott (Linda) Folkert, Debbie (Ben) Folkert, and Kathy (David) Jurries; several step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Florence Koops and Lorraine (Robert) Nyhoff.

Corla Poll ’79 Kraker of Hamilton, Mich., died on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. She was 54.

Corla was born August 27, 1957 in Holland, Michigan to Bernard and Dorothy Poll. She graduated from Hamilton high school and Hope College and became a teacher in Hamilton Community schools, retiring in 2009.

She was a member of Hamilton Reformed church and was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Robert and Betty Kraker, her sister-in-law Barb Tucker.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Jim Kraker; her children, Josh (Kristen) Kraker, Joel (Lindsey) Kraker, Jamie Kraker ; two granddaughters; sisters, Cindy Poll ’72 ( Mike) Gurr, Connie ( Mike) Beck; in-laws, Bob Tucker, Rick (Carla) Kraker, Randy (Marla) Kraker, Mike (Barb) Kraker and Lori ( Jim )VandeGuchte; and several nieces and nephews.

Charles J. Larson ’49 of Trenton, Mich., died on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2011. He was 86.

Charles was born on Dec. 8 1923, the son of John and Hilda (Frans) Larson in Manistique, Mich. He graduated from Manistique High School in 941. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy.

He attended Hope College and Wayne State University Medical School where he earned his medical degree. He practiced in Montana for a couple of years and also in Trenton. Charles started the first critical care unit in the state of Michigan in 1965 at the Wyandotte General Hospital in Wyandotte, Mich.

He worked at the Wyandotte/Ford Hospital, retiring Nov. 2, 1990. He attended church at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Trenton. Charles loved the Upper Peninsula returning often to visit family and friends and for deer hunting every fall.

Survivors include his wife, Laurel Larson; brother, Donald (Valerie) Larson; sister, Elaine Lust; three daughters, Anita (Iri) Abrams, Ingrid (Dave) Coouse and Elaina (Jeff) Halicki; son, Leif Larson; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews, including Erlund Larson ’87.

Frank Lokker ’43 of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. He was 90.

Born in Holland, he attended Holland Public Schools, Hope College and graduated from the University of Michigan where he held a life membership in the Alumni Association.

He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was awarded numerous battle stars during his tour of combat duty in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, a life member of the Elks Club, a former member of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, the Holland Country Club, and Hope Reformed Church.

He was employed by Lennox industries, served as Vice President of the Holland Furnace Company before becoming an owner and Vice President of the Local Dew-el Corporation, a position he held for 26 years. He retired in 1995.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Phyllis Lokker in 1996.

Survivors include his children, Kathleen Lokker, Steven (Mary) Lokker and Michael Lokker; and four grandchildren, Eric, Brent and Cortney Lokker of Holland, and David Lokker of Saugatuck.

Kathy Klomparens ’64 Malcolm, of Corona Del Mar, Calif., a long-time resident of the Newport Beach area, died peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, June 16, 2011 at Hoag Hospital. She was 69 years old.

Born in 1941 in Owosso, MI, Kathy grew up in Holland, MI, where she graduated from Holland High School in 1959. She continued her education at Hope College where she received her BA in 1963. Kathy taught elementary school both in Holland, MI and at Cox Elementary School in Fountain Valley, having relocated to Southern California in 1971.

For over 16 years she was a beloved teacher to children grades 1 through 8. She retired from teaching in 1979 and thereafter dedicated her time to the loving support of her husband and parents. Kathy was a bibliophile and athlete. She was devoted to her family, and a cherished wife, mother, sister and daughter.

She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Tom Malcolm of Corona Del Mar; son, David Boersma of Ft. Myers, FL; bothers, Chuck, Jerry and Craig Klomparens; and sisters-in-law, Gloria and Jeanette Klomparens of Holland, MI.

Ross Nykamp ’80 of Holland, died unexpectedly on Friday, August 19, 2011. He was 52.

Ross was a member of Christ Memorial Church and served on several area boards and organizations. He was a graduate of Holland High School and Hope College. He received the fourth annual “Hope for Humanity” award from the college’s Alumni H-Club in 1993 in recognition of his service to and involvement in the community.

He majored in mathematics and complete the teacher-education program at Hope. Also as a student, he earned letters in baseball and football, and was captain of the football team and named to the All-Conference team during his senior year. He and his wife, Cyndi, who survives him, were head residents in Gilmore Hall from 1985 to 1988, and he was also an assistant football coach at Hope during the fall of 1985.

Since 1998 he had been director at Lumir LLC, a real estate company specialized in commercial, retail and residential development in downtown Holland. Through the years he had also been a branch manger with FMB First Michigan bank, vice president of the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, in the sales department at Amway Corp., and a teacher and coach at Holland High school. He had also taught at Davenport College.

He was an active member of Christ memorial Church, and served as a volunteer with and on the boards of numerous community organizations.He was a loving husband and devoted father who demonstrated his love for Christ throughout his life. He enjoyed anything that involved his family, especially spending time at the cottage and waterskiing.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Beth Nykamp in 2005.

He is survived by his wife, Cyndi; children, Caleb ’12, Lydia ’15 and Elijah; parents, Rev. Robert (Erma) Nykamp ’55 of Holland; brother, Randall and Kay Nykamp of Greenville, Alabama; parents-in-law, Rev. Cecil and Arlene Martens of Jenison; in-laws, Paul ’80 and Krystin Ritsema ’86 Martens of Holland, Brent and Melissa Martens of Portland, Oregon, Lynnette and Ray Blum of Hudsonville; several nieces and nephews.

Warren Williams of Raleigh, N.C., died on Sunday, July 31, 2011. He was 95.

A native of Robeson County, and a member of Philadelphus Presbyterian Church, Dr. Williams held the rank of second lieutenant, as a navigator on a B-24 in the Army Air Corps in World War II. His plane was shot down on March 19, 1944, over Klagenfurt, Austria.

He spent the balance of the war in a German prison camp near what is now the Polish city of Wroclaw. He later recalled the homesickness he had felt during this period when he heard the wind in the long leaf pines outside the prison, a sound that reminded him of his childhood in the Williams family home in Buie.

Following victory in Europe, he returned to North Carolina to complete a Ph.D. in history at the University of North Carolina on the GI Bill, and to start a family with Alice Rebecca "Becky" Butler of St. Pauls, whom he married in 1943. While in Chapel Hill, he made a life-long commitment to racial and economic justice and world peace.Teaching was Dr. Williams' calling.

His ability to bring the past to life through compelling stories made him a popular professor at Lynchburg College in Virginia, Hope College in Michigan, where he served as assistant professor of history from 1957 to 1963, Wayne State College in Nebraska, and at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, where he held faculty and administrative rank and conducted research, traveled, taught and wrote during the 60s and 70s.

Upon his retirement in 1981, Dr. Williams began wintering in Raleigh to be close to home and family and summering in Quebec to continue his studies in French history and culture. In 2010, without renouncing his American citizenship, he accepted Canadian citizenship, planning to continue spending part of each year there as he had done for about 30 years.

At 95, Dr. Williams lived alone, drove his car and had plans for the years ahead. He was participating in an exercise class at Duke-Raleigh Hospital and told friends and family that he was feeling better than he had at 90. He was an avid reader and was "still learning" as the 88-year-old Michelangelo said about himself on his deathbed.

The next to the last of the eight children of the late Anna Duncan Smith and Shelton Brady Williams, he is survived by his younger sister, Anna Ruth Williams of (Buie) Red Springs; by his daughter, Anna (Butler Williams) Shannon Elfenbein and son-in-law, Don Elfenbein and grandson, Frank Shannon of Morgantown, W.Va.; son, James Warren Williams and daughter-in-law, Susie Jaacobson Williams and grandsons, Kristoffer, Jacob and Reed Williams of Seward, Neb. In death, he joins his beloved wife, Becky, who passed away in 1973.

Robert Winship ’51 of Hackensack, N.J., died on Monday, July 4, 2011. He was 82.

He was born in the Bronx on March 20, 1029, to Muriel and Howard Winship and raised in Bergenfield. He had two sisters Marilyn who lives in New Hampshire, and Ellen, who predeceased Bob and is waiting for him in the Kingdom of God.

Bob graduated from Bergenfield High School, served in the army, graduated from Hope College in Michigan, and returned to school at age 48 to earn his Master’s in Corporate Taxation from NYU. He completed his career working as an accountant for Tenneco Chemicals in Saddle Brood. His great joy was serving in various ministries at First Baptist Church of Hackensack as treasurer, Sunday school teacher, bus driver, and usher.

Bob lived in Harrington Park where he raised his family and spent his retirement years. Bob enjoyed volunteering with the ARP in helping senior citizens with their taxes. He was a member of the Harrington Park garden Club and the Bergen County, New England, and New York genealogy societies.

The Winship family trace their roots to Edward Winship who arrived in Boston in 1635. In 1956, Bob married Martha Herford of Bergenfield and had two children. Bradford who pastors Harbor Bible Church in Laurence Harbor, N.J., will be officiating at the funeral service.

Survivors include his two children, Lorraine (Steven) Gross and Bradford (Renee Gilley) Winship; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.