At age 91 on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 2:30 a.m, the bells in the green-gabled mansion in heaven tolled for Bill Luymes.
We are so grateful for the legacy of Christian faith that Dad and Mom (Dien) left in their wide wake. Dad, along with Mom while they were together for 57 years, knew that their chief end in life was to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. They did that in spades by loving Him, family, friend and neighbour, all the while no doubt keenly aware of their human foibles, weaknesses and frailties.
Dad lived in the sure knowledge of the promises of his heavenly Father and dear Saviour, Jesus Christ his Lord, whose comfort, through the Holy Spirit, he cherished both in life and in death.
Dad is survived by five loving and sad children: John (Joanne), Jalene, Heidi (Paul), and Rosalie; Henry (Cindy), Christopher (Linda), Samantha (Tyler), Alexander (Krystal), and Charlotte (Matthew); Janet (George), Denise (Michael), Lynae (Mike), Meaghan (Eric), and Josh (Natalie); Selene (Ron), Denver, Cody, and Jewell; Andrew (Wilma), Krystal, Jason, and Shaun; and 13 great-grandchildren.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank Ron and Marietta Harris and their extended family as Dad's wonderful, generous, gracious employers, especially during the time Dad was called on to be both farmer and nurse as he cared for Mom in the 28 years she suffered from multiple sclerosis.
We also thank Dad's and Mom's church community for surrounding them with love for decades, and particularly Martin and Ann Hamming and family who were nearby farm neighbours and guardian angels for many years. A big thank you to Dr. Turner, Delta Hospital staff, and the friendly, compassionate nurses and caregivers at West Shore Laylum. You made Dad's last months as pleasant as was possible in his failing health. Your vocation is more important than you might sometimes think.
A memorial service to honour Dad was held at Ladner Christian Reformed Church on November 10, 2017. Should friends desire, a donation in Bill’s name can be made to World Renew at worldrenew.net You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online obituary at myalternatives.ca.