Robert Nanninga

  • Born: August 8, 1932
  • Died: November 28, 2019
  • Location: Holland, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert D. Nanninga, age 87, of Holland, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019.

Bob was born August 8, 1932, in Kalamazoo. After graduation he served in the Marine Corps, during the Korean War, and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Van Eyk, on May 29, 1953. After graduation from WMU, he taught in Indiana and Holland. In 1964, he and Betty moved to Annville, Kentucky, to work for the Reformed Church in America at Annville Institute. He taught Industrial Arts and helped start the first volunteer fire department in Annville.

In 1975, the family moved to Harrogate, Tennessee, where Bob and Betty worked at Lincoln Memorial University. They returned to Michigan in 1980, and Bob worked as Industrial Arts teacher at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. He left in 1989 to begin making Shaker furniture.

Bob was a longtime member of Community Reformed Church in Zeeland, serving as elder and deacon. Besides woodworking and fishing, Bob loved music. In 2012, he began line dancing at Evergreen Commons, eventually adding ballroom dancing. He loved the dancing and appreciated the encouragement, warmth, and the affection of his classmates and friends.

Bob leaves his daughters: Valerie Engeltjes (Ira), Denise Koops (Blaine), and Lynn Edwards (Ray); grandchildren Megan, Sean and Melanie, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (2010); parents, Henry and Cora Nanninga; siblings: Lois Van Dalson, Henry Paul Nanninga.

Funeral services will be at 11:00am on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State Street, Zeeland, MI 49464. Visitation will from 4:00-6:00pm on Monday, December 2, also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are to Hospice of Holland.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Missing a great friend, fellow veteran, good conversation at Evergreen Commons

Posted by Warren Lowry, MD - Holland, MI   December 02, 2019

Bob was a very good friend from Evergreen Commons.

Posted by Steve Lont - Holland, MI   December 02, 2019

Posted by A friend   December 01, 2019

Bob was a great friend and a wonderful gentlemen. Always had a beautiful smile. I will miss him very much but I know he is happy being in heaven with our Lord. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Posted by June Vissxher - Holland, MI - Friend   December 01, 2019

We extend our sympathy to Bob's family. We met Bob & Betty at Annville Institute when we moved from Iowa to Gray Hawk, Kentucky in 1971. We loved the school there & were sad to see it closed. We cherish the people we knew who taught & worked there until it closed.

Posted by Rev. Carroll & Betty de Forest - Gray Hawk, KY - Friend   November 30, 2019

Robert was a great friend. I will miss his smile every time I saw him at Evergreen Commons. Mary Medendorp

Posted by Mary Medendorp - Holland, MI - Friend   November 30, 2019

My love and prayers are with the family. He was a great guide as a Christian.

Posted by lonnie Tincher - Powhatan, VA - Student   November 30, 2019

May God Bless the family as he blessed us all with Mr. Nanninga. The thoughts and prayers of all his former students go to the family. Chris Williams Director Annville Institute Alumni Association

Posted by Chris Williams - London, KY - Student   November 30, 2019

So slorry for your loss! I have great memories of your wonderful parents. They were such an inspiration to all those who knew them!!

Posted by Sandra Madden - Berea, KY - Friend   November 30, 2019

Robert was a very special person. He made everyone he met feel special. Such a blessing to the Annville community. Prayers for the family.

Posted by Betty (summers) Bond - Annville, KY - Student   November 30, 2019

Bob was a good friend! Our line dance group was blessed to have him as our friend! He was a joy to everyone who knew him! My heartfelt condolences to his family!
Peggy VanDenHeuvel

Posted by Peggy VanDenHeuvel - Holland, MI - Friend   November 30, 2019

Rest In Peace my friend,thanks fo all you taught me and getting me involved in my life long were the best.see you on the other side when Jesus calls us home. Tim Tankersley

Posted by Tim Tankersley - Annville, KY - Family Friend   November 30, 2019


The Pond Creek Vol. Fire Dept. in Annville, Ky would like to send our thoughts and prayers to all of the family of Bob as we called him. Chief Bob was the First Fire Chief of Pond Creek Fire Dept. in 1971 and to this day is still the largest Fire Dept. in the County.

Larry Bowling Chief

Posted by Henry Smith - Annville, KY - Friend   November 29, 2019

Thoughts and prayers for all of you. Dick and Nancy let me know.

Posted by Susan Moore - Lexington - Friend   November 29, 2019

Posted by Clint Ray    November 29, 2019

Bob, you will forever be in our hearts, rest in peae

Posted by Clint Ray - Carrollton, GA - Friend   November 29, 2019

Bob Nanninga was the most kindest and most considerable person that I've ever met. I will miss Him, rest in peace. Clint Ray

Posted by A friend   November 29, 2019

Posted by Clint Ray    November 29, 2019

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