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Life Story / Obituary
Howard Wolters, age 88, of Holland, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2022, peacefully in his home surrounded by family. Howard was born on April 8, 1934, in Holland, to Peter and Alyda Wolters. Howard was the third of four children. Howard and Anna Lee (Smith) were married on April 2, 1954, in Luctor CRC Church in Kansas, and they made their home in Holland. Over the years they were blessed with 5 children, 17 grandchildren, and 32 great grandchildren. Howard worked at a variety of companies before starting a business partnership with Clayton Bakker, forming Bakker and Wolters Masonry. In later years they formed MHC Enterprise, and their business partnership lasted over 50 years. Prior to retirement, Howard worked with his sons at Wolters Electric.
Howard loved doing puzzles, camping, and helping his kids and grandkids with projects whenever he could. He served several years as township trustee and was active on township boards. Howard also served on church boards as a deacon and elder throughout the years. For many years, Howard and Ann enjoyed winters in Donna, Texas, and summer weekends in Silver Lake, Michigan. Howard had a strong faith and shared his knowledge and love for the Lord with everyone. Howard had a great sense of humor and had many “Howardisms”.
Howard will be dearly missed by children, Duane and Cindy Wolters, Keith and Judy Wolters, Rhonda and Karl Haverdink, Gary Wolters, Todd and Deborah Wolters; grandchildren, Carla (John) Carter, Chad (Julie) Meyer, Katie (Jeff) Born, Jody (Wayne) Buttery, Shaun (Stephanie) Meyer, Kylene (Ross) Smith, Erin (Mark) Rotman, Stefan (Josh) Hull, Christopher Meyer, Sally (Michael) Nieboer, Kara Haverdink, Ryan (Dinah) Haverdink, Cassondra (Matthew) Padding, Ross (Leah) Haverdink, Reed (Courtney) Haverdink, Devan Wolters, Kirk (Sarah) Wolters; and 32 great grandchildren. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Eugene Smith; sister-in-law, Shirley Smith; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Howard is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Anna Lee (Smith) Wolters, siblings Bernard (Joyce) Wolters, Ella (Henry) Sjoerdsma, Joyce (Jim) Morren, sister-in-law Donna (Bob) Ralston, Greta (Bob) Dirkse, Beverly Smith; brothers-in-law William, Bernard, and Ronald Smith.
Funeral services will be 11:00am, Wednesday, September 7, at North Holland Reformed Church, 12050 New Holland Street. Pastor Ken Gentzler will preside over the service. The service will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/northhollandreformed.
Burial will be in Olive Township Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00pm – 8:00pm Tuesday, September 6, at Dykstra Funeral Home-Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Avenue.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Ottawa Community, Gateway Mission, or Grace Adventures.