In Mermoriam: Rev. Henry C. Van Wyk

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Rev. Henry C. Van Wyk, 87, World War II Marine Corps veteran, devout pastor and preacher, evangelist at heart, kindness personified, and gifted in befriending “outsiders,” died from congestive heart failure.

Van Wyk was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he attended West Side Christian School, Union High School, and Grand Rapids Christian High School.

Following his graduation from high school, he volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1943 to 1945 in the Pacific theater, participating in the battles of Saipan and Tinian.

Following the war, Van Wyk married and became a free-lance hauler, but the desire to prepare for ministry stayed with him. Van Wyk saw many comrades die in battle and was convicted that he was spared for a role in Kingdom work.

Van Wyk graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1957. He served the following Christian Reformed congregations: Luverne (Minn.) CRC, 1957; Fourth Roseland CRC, Chicago, 1961; Hillcrest CRC, Hudsonville, Mich.,1964; Drenthe (Mich.) CRC, 1971; and Lee Street CRC, Wyoming, Mich., 1979. He retired in 1989.

Van Wyk served Twelfth Street CRC in Jenison, Mich., as pastor of visitation for 20 years following retirement.

Van Wyk will be remembered as a quiet, soft-spoken, thoughtful, intelligent servant of his Lord. He was highly esteemed for his wisdom and faithfulness as displayed in his ministry. His wartime experiences deepened his thankfulness for every day of his life.

Already during his years in college and seminary, Van Wyk was intimately involved in personal evangelism, which became the hallmark of his later congregational ministries.

Van Wyk’s wife, Marilyn, followed him in death four months later, in February 2011. They are survived by their

children David and Vonna Van Wyk, Daniel and Sandra Van Wyk, Donald and Thea Van Wyk, Douglas and Lisa Van Wyk, and James and Laurie Van Wyk, and by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

About the Author

Louis Tamminga is the Banner's writer of In Memoriams for pastors.

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Dear brethren,
Greetings in the powerful name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
We're a small church here in Kenya.We are touched by your beliefs and practices that you hold in your ministry.
Through the study of your web-page,kindly we're requesting you to help us with some teaching materials like tracts,bibles,Sunday school literatures and any other materials in store.
Also during our door knocking ministry,we encounter some challenges,one of them being the case of orphans and poor children whom we symphatise with them very much because they need our help in food,clothing,shelter and education.
Our church is very young and we are worshiping under shade.Also the case of widows and widowers is very great in our village and the surrounding areas.
Kindly as servants in the Lord's vineyard,we are requesting you to assist us with prayers for God to open ways so that we may establish spiritually with even a temporary stucture,get some aid for orphans and poor children,bibles and literatures for christian maturity and aid for widows and widowers.
It is our prayers that our Almighty God will lead you through His might hand so that you hear the plead and cry to meet the needs of the requests mentioned above.
Your kind approval and consideration as per to this is of great importance
pastor mambo

Dear brethren,
Greetings in the powerful name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
We're a small church here in Kenya.We are touched by your beliefs and practices that you hold in your ministry.
Through the study of your web-page,kindly we're requesting you to help us with some teaching materials like tracts,bibles,Sunday school literatures and any other materials in store.
Also during our door knocking ministry,we encounter some challenges,one of them being the case of orphans and poor children whom we symphatise with them very much because they need our help in food,clothing,shelter and education.
Our church is very young and we are worshiping under shade.Also the case of widows and widowers is very great in our village and the surrounding areas.
Kindly as servants in the Lord's vineyard,we are requesting you to assist us with prayers for God to open ways so that we may establish spiritually with even a temporary stucture,get some aid for orphans and poor children,bibles and literatures for christian maturity and aid for widows and widowers.
It is our prayers that our Almighty God will lead you through His might hand so that you hear the plead and cry to meet the needs of the requests mentioned above.
Your kind approval and consideration as per to this is of great importance
pastor mambo

VanWyk sons,
When reading my daughter's Banner recently, I noticed the obituary for your father.

I'm not sure if you will remember the Kramer family or not. When your family was in Luverne, there were many Saturday afternoons you came to our farm to ride horses and just play after catechism. Your father would come later in the day to pick you up. What fun we had!

We were in Grand Rapids about 12 years ago or so at a family camping reunion and called your father who met us at a restaurant for coffee - what a wonderful visit we had with him. I remember him as being such a gentle, kind, soft-spoken man.

I would like to offer you all our sympathy in loosing not only your father, but your mother in such a short time. What happy memories I have of your family.

God Bless!!
Alice

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