March 26, 1935 – March 29, 2021
We are saddened to announce the death of Harold Wynsma. Harold passed away on March 29, 2021 at home with family after a year-long battle with small cell lung cancer.
He was born to Peter and Nellie Wynsma on March 26, 1935 in Randolph Township, Friesland, WI. The Wynsma family moved to west MI in 1937 where he was raised. Harold attended the University of Michigan and Davenport University where he met and married Carol Noxon in 1961. They moved the family to Riverside, CA in 1964. He spent a lifelong career in accounting with Culligan and Vermeer in CA. Loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. Harold was honored to be an Army veteran of the Special Occupation Forces in Germany at the end of WWII. He proudly flew his American flag on every official holiday. Harold was a gun enthusiast, knife and coin collector, woodworker extraordinaire, and proud Dutchman. He immensely enjoyed his friendships with his gun show buddies. He was very proud of his bowling team, “The King and Three Queens." He valued his relationships with church friends, and especially his Bible study group - which he attended with special friend, Lila Johnson.
Harold was preceded in death by brother, Henry “Hank” Wynsma. He is survived by his most faithful and loving companion, Nellie, his redheaded Australian cattle dog. Harold is also survived by daughters Brenda Lynn Wynsma, Susan Christine Wynsma (Terry Redfearn); beloved grandchildren Nathan Harold Best (Sarah), Ashlyn Christine Best (Nathan Harris), Lucas A V Wynsma (Kassandra Garcia), and his special boy, great-grandson, Aiden Eugene Best; siblings Elaine McIntyre (Jack), Roger Wynsma (Judy), Phyllis Day; many nephews, nieces, and their families. An open house was held at his home in Riverside on April 25. There will be a memorial service 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2021 at Grandville Bible Church, 4122 44th St., Grandville, MI, followed by a lunch reception. There will be a private interment with military honors at Rest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to City of Hope; you can direct your donation to small cell lung cancer or a cancer of your choice. He will be forever missed, but we rejoice that he is now at home with our Lord. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresgrandville.com.
- City of Hope
Friday, May 7, 2021
Marvin Van Wyk
April 16, 2021
I worked with Harold at Vermeer. His dry sense of humor kept everyone smiling and brightened the day. He sure loved his weekend gun shows. Harold’s Dutch heritage was very evident to those of us who grew up in a Dutch community. Being around him always felt like home. Our sympathies to you all.
Paulette and Peter Yellovich
April 15, 2021
What a sweet and gentle man, and a very dear neighbor Harold was to us. We will miss his kind ways. So sorry that he lost his battle. He fought a hard one. We will miss his girl Nellie, his redheaded Australian Cattle Dog too because now she has moved to her Aunt Susan's place where I know she is very happy. See you on the other side Harold!
April 14, 2021
Harold was a very special part of my life.. I met Harold several years ago when I was looking for a secretarial job and he interviewed me for a position offered at the company he worked for. I did not get the job, but we shared a strong bond for four memorable years. He was a kind and loving man who has left his mark on my heart and will never be forgotten.
April 7, 2021
I worked with Harold at Vermeer for many years. For a long time we worked in the same office together. He would always bring in a banana when he came in and we would share it. He was funny and kind. I really enjoyed working with him. I now live in Holland, I grew up here and when I retired in 2013 I came back home.
I am so sorry for your loss.