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WINKLE, PETER Peter Winkle, age 72, passed away Tuesday, May 20, in Grand Rapids, MI. Peter was a life-long minister to others, whether he was teaching mathematics to a class in Nigeria or Flagstaff, AZ, whether he was a pastor to churches in west Michigan or a hospice chaplain; Peter was a man for others. He is preceded in death by his parents, Diedric and Ida Winkle (VanEk). He leaves behind his dear wife, Renee; his cherished children, Julie and Jeff; his precious nine-year-old daughter, Grace; and his mother and father-in-law, Stuart and Janice Visser. He also leaves behind three brothers, Fred (Betty), Harold (deceased) (Mary), and Terry (LouAnne). Peter was a big man in so many ways and an outstanding athlete playing for the track and field, soccer, and basketball teams for Calvin College. He was a proud member of the undefeated Calvin Knights basketball team of 1960. Peter had the ability to fill a room and countless hearts as well. His family and friends will miss him. By God’s grace, Peter is enjoying eternal rest. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, May 27th, at 11 AM at Sinai Assembly of God (formerly Prospect Park CRC), 545 Central Ave. Holland, MI 49423; Rev. William Lenters, Rev. Paul Kortenhoven, and Chaplain Johnny Gruda officiating.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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  1. Matt Exgun on July 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    “On the day we celebrate your birthday on earth, we thank God for you were born.
    Today, we miss you terribly. We grieve in the presence of friends and family who cherished you. We celebrate your life, even in death.
    On these commemorative events when you should be here with us, allowing us to give you birthday presents, we miss you even more.
    In eternity, there will be plenty of time to see, know, and spend time with our friends and family members.
    However, that will not be our primary focus in heaven. We will be far more occupied with worshipping God and enjoying the wonders of heaven.
    Our reunions with loved ones are more likely to be filled with recounting the grace and glory of God in our lives, His wondrous love, and His mighty works.
    We will rejoice all the more because we can praise and worship the Lord in the company of other believers, especially those we loved on earth.



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