Lloyd Wolters’s heart for sharing the gospel was infused into every interaction, from sermons to everyday conversations. “Spreading the gospel was his life,” said one of his daughters. Lloyd died Oct.7 at age 92.
After graduating from Calvin College (now University), Lloyd taught for two years at Sheboygan (Wisc.) Christian School, then enrolled at Calvin Theological Seminary. Following ordination in 1957, he served Church of the Savior CRC, South Bend, Ind.; Beacon Light Chapel, Sheboygan, Wisc.; Cedar Falls (Iowa) CRC; Bethel CRC, Fulton Ill.; Des Plaines (Ill.) CRC; Lamont (Mich.) CRC ; and Saugatuck (Mich.) CRC. After Lloyd’s wife, Cass, suffered a stroke in 1990, he took early retirement and cared for her for the next 15 years until she died in 2005. God surprised him with the delight of marrying Marjorie Vannette in 2007.
Following retirement and until his death, Lloyd passionately volunteered with Audio Scripture Ministries, an organization that records and distributes audio Bibles so people worldwide can hear God's Word in their own language. He rarely went anywhere without an audio Bible.
Lloyd had a playful side and loved a good laugh. He had a competitive streak when it came to board games. He loved to sing and played his trombone in the Good News Gospel Band, ministering to nursing home residents across West Michigan. In 1992, he and his siblings honored their parents’ request and sold most of the land they inherited to be preserved and enjoyed by future generations, known today as Wolters Woods in Holland, Mich..
Predeceased by Catherine (Cass), his first wife of 48 years, Lloyd is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 15 years, and their combined family of 10 children, 44 grandchildren, and 90 great-grandchildren—with spouses, a total of 194 family members, each of whom Lloyd knew and loved.