Life Story / Obituary
Rev. Lynn Irving Post passed away and went home to his Lord on Monday, January 17, 2022.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Phyllis Yvonne (DeWeerd) Post; his three children, Bill (Ruth) Post, Matt (Kris) Post, and Jane (Jon) Montgomery. He was blessed with thirteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
Lynn was a teacher, coach, counselor and pastor, and was passionate about helping and serving others throughout his life. He touched many young people’s lives and led people to know Christ.
Lynn was born in Holland on March 27,1930 to Ernest Post Sr. and Florence (Dalman) Post. Lynn and Phyllis met in high school, and both attended Hope College. They were married on May 2, 1952, at Trinity Church in Holland.
Lynn’s time at Hope was divided by his service in the Navy; first in the ROTC program at the University of Michigan, then in Pensacola, Florida during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home to Holland and Hope College and was an All-Conference Football player for the Flying Dutchmen.
After graduation, Lynn started his career as an educator at Lee High School in Grand Rapids. He taught English and History, and coached tennis and basketball. Lynn took a job with American Seating in 1962 which transferred the now family of four to Seattle Washington. However, education was his true passion, so he returned to teaching at Shoreline High School in Seattle. He taught English and History, coached football, and became a student counselor. Lynn and Phyllis were also active in a budding Reformed Church in Woodway, WA. They made lifelong friends and planted seeds for their personal ministry. A desire to be closer to family brought them back to Holland in 1971. Lynn taught and coached at Holland High School, and the family became members of Fourth Reformed Church. He was called to the ministry in 1973 and started his Master's Degree at Western Theological Seminary. Upon graduating in 1976, he became the Pastor of Immanuel Community Reformed Church in Lansing, MI where he served for six years, followed by another six years as Associate Pastor at First Reformed Church in Holland. In 1988, the Pacific Northwest was beckoning once again, leading the couple to Oak Harbor, Washington where Lynn taught and coached middle school. The last cross-country move brought them back to Holland and to Trinity Reformed Church. Lynn served Trinity as a calling Pastor for over a decade. Following his retirement from the ministry, Lynn enjoyed gardening, music, Hope College basketball and University of Michigan football. He loved to spend time with his family and doing anything with Phyllis by his side.
Lynn's family will hold a private celebration of his life. Donations in his memory can be made to Hospice of Holland.