Wayne Hilton

  • Born: June 13, 1942
  • Died: September 1, 2020
  • Location: Holland, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423

info@langelandsterenberg.com
Tel. (616) 392-2306

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Wayne was connected to so many people in our community through family, church, and his work. The Hilton family asks that if you have special impactful memory/legacy story about Wayne, please share it with us on the guestbook page.

Wayne Thomas Roy Hilton
6/13/1942 – 9/1/2020

God gently called our precious Father/Gpa, brother, greeter and friend known as Wayne Hilton aka Mr. Happy, to his heavenly home on 9/1/2020. God blessed him with 78 years on this earth. Even though our hearts yearn for him, for his smile, joy, love, and outlook, we are comforted by knowing that he is rejoicing in Heaven with his wife, and daughter along with many family and friends. No more cancer, and free of all the cares of this world. He has received his Heavenly reward as God surely said, Well done, thy good and faithful servant.

He was known to many as a servant, as an inspiration, as an encourager, hero of the Faith, and more importantly as a friend to all. Always willing to help all, love all, and to serve all. If you met Wayne it was not long before you felt like family. He loved people with all his heart. He loved to talk to and greet people everywhere he went. He has always served as a greeter at his church Holland First Assembly of God. He worked at Life Savers for many years, then when it shut down in 2003, he went on to be a full-time greeter at the Holland Walmart. He loved greeting at both, his passion and love was always for people.

Carrying on his legacy are his children Robert Hilton, Kim (Jeff) Vesper, Monica (LJ) Johnson, his grandchildren: Dustin, Corey, Keila, Summer, Kaleb, Jessica, Danielle, Ryley, Gage, Kaydence, and Chase; and great grandchildren Brycen, Jossalin, and Cody.

Survived also by his siblings Sharon(Steve) Kirkwood, Glenn Hilton, Dale Hilton, Karen Joy Hayes, so many nieces, nephews, in laws, and cherished friends.

Preceded in death by: His beloved wife Martha Paulette (Punkie), Daughter Melissa, Parents Rev Roy and Gladys Hilton, sister in law Linda Hilton and brother in law Larry Hayes, nephews Tommy Hayes, and Steven (Tony) Kirkwood.

A funeral service to honor the faith and life of Wayne Hilton will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Holland First Assembly of God, 1331 E. 16th Street, Holland 49423.

Visitation will be 1:00-4:00 pm, Sunday, at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th Street, Holland 49423, and from 11:00-12:30 Tuesday, outside at Holland First Assembly of God prior to the funeral service. Interment in Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations to Holland First Assembly of God.


Condolence & Memory Journal

What a special man God called home. He was always the person to give a hug as he greeted me in Walmart. Went to church with him my whole life as well. We will miss him, but heaven received a saint.

Posted by Virginia Sloothaak - Friend   September 05, 2020

I met Wayne was I was a young mama many years ago. He had just started at Walmart and he was always so kind. He remembered my kiddos names and always gave them a sticker. The best part is he asked how I was doing each and every time. When you have young children people don't usually ask about you. My heart is heavy for this loss, but Im glad he will reunite with his wife. RIP Wayne❤

Posted by Melissa Shoul - Holland, MI - Acquaintance   September 05, 2020

What a wonderful man of God he was truly Filled with the Holy Spirit and Faith! He is now in the Presence of Jesus. Bruce Adams

Posted by Bruce Adams - Holland, MI - Friend   September 05, 2020

Wayne was an inspiration to many. He brightened many folks day, mine too at Walmart with his Kindness & smile. He loved interacting with people. I’m going to miss saying hi to him on my trips to Walmart. Well done good & Faithful servant! Looking forward to the reunion in Heaven!

Posted by Cindy Murphy - Friend   September 04, 2020

My heart weeps with sadness at the loss of Wayne...he was always such a happy man and so kind.He would always greet me at Wal-Mart and give me a big hug and ask how my day was going.not complaining at all when we could tell he was having a bad day..he would still go through the day as though it was just like any other day without complaining..he tried to stay strong til the end and show everyone around him that he was so strong..and he had a beautiful spirit.
Never a ill word spoken about anyone.always positive and uplifting when he would help others..I'm so happy i was able to work with him and become friends with him in the year I've known him.he kinda caught the garter at my wedding reception..well with some hello from the baseball glove..picture is worth a thousand words...

Posted by Jolene Wyngarden - Holland, MI - Coworker   September 04, 2020

His happy face will be dearly missed. He left a joy with everyone he greeted and made a difference in peoples days. He was such a gentle reminder to smile everyday.

Posted by Pepper Skinner - Hamilton, MI - Acquaintance   September 04, 2020

A true brother in Christ , Wayne was a little glimpse of heaven right here on earth.

Posted by David Trammell - Holland, MI - Friend   September 03, 2020

There was a huge vacancy created in Holland this past week as my friend Wayne passed away. This man loved God, loved others, and loved the life that God gave him. He always greeted me at church with a smile and gave me one of those classic bear hugs that became his trademark. He was always interested in your problems and even though he had his share of problems as well: you would never know about them. He never complained and was always upbeat and did whatever he could to help address your problem. He was an encouragement to me at church and at Walmart where he demonstrated his abilities so well: faithfully serving others. And I know based on the posts that I have read: that he was successful into serving and touching all our hearts which will leave a lasting impression with us through the rest of our lives. The bible days that those who are considered greatest in the kingdom of heaven are the ones who serves others. Wayne did have a servants heart, and was a true reflection of the character of Jesus Christ, and has gone ahead of us to receive his reward in full. He will be sorely missed. I do not like goodbyes, so I say to you my dear friend: I will see you on the other side.

Posted by Warren Paglow - Holland, MI - Friend   September 03, 2020

There was a huge vacancy created in Holland this past week as my friend Wayne passed away. This man loved God, loved others, and loved the life that God gave him. He always greeted me at church with a smile and gave me one of those classic bear hugs that became his trademark. He was always interested in your problems and even though he had his share of problems as well: you would never know about them. He never complained and was always upbeat and did whatever he could to help address your problem. He was an encouragement to me at church and at Walmart where he demonstrated his abilities so well: faithfully serving others. And I know based on the posts that I have read: that he was successful into serving and touching all our hearts which will leave a lasting impression with us through the rest of our lives. The bible days that those who are considered greatest in the kingdom of heaven are the ones who serves others. Wayne did have a servants heart, and was a true reflection of the character of Jesus Christ, and has gone ahead of us to receive his reward in full. He will be sorely missed. I do not like goodbyes, so I say to you my dear friend: I will see you on the other side.

Posted by Warren Paglow - Holland - Friend   September 03, 2020

I knew Wayne for many years and loved him. I have not seen him for a very long time I
knew his smile the moment i saw his picture, I will see you soon my brother. GOD is good al the time.

Posted by Charles wilson - Friend   September 03, 2020

So loved seeing Dad at Wal-mart for a number of years when I would stop to pick up Photos and other things. I always went to his door even if I was going to grocery. Such a light in this world and many seeds planted and watered for the Lord.

Posted by Terri Sterk - Zeeland, MI - Friend   September 03, 2020

His kindness, and smile will be so greatly missed forever when we go to Walmart! There was never a day that we went there when he wasn't greeting us with his infectious smile. Thank You Wayne for being a part of everyone in Holland and surrounding towns. May you rest peacefully in Heaven with your Father!
Paul, Kathi and Emilee Roden of Allegan, Michigan

Posted by Paul, Kathi and Emilee Roden - Allegan, MI - Acquaintance   September 03, 2020

What a special lovely man! He will be dearly missed by his church and work family!

Posted by Diana Patch - Holland, MI - Friend   September 03, 2020

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We will miss him dearly, so much of joy and love shared by this man. A true man of God! Prayers to the family and loved ones. He always showed so much love to all around him.

Posted by Carrie Esparza - Holland, MI - Acquaintance   September 03, 2020

I am so sorry this guy was amazing lights a room up and always brought a smile to your face every time n

Posted by Arturo Luna - Holland, MI   September 03, 2020

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I am thankful to have known Wayne and will miss seeing him smiling and greeting people to church and at Wall-Mart and just maybe he will be greeting many more people as they enter the gates of heaven, who knows but for now praying for peace for his family left behind.

Posted by Albert Brookhouse Brookhouse - Holland, MI - Friend   September 03, 2020

He was such a sweet man! I always enjoyed talking to him and he was always smiling! My condolences to the family, your in my thoughts and prayers~ RIP Wayne

Posted by Leslie Matthess - Holland, MI - Coworker   September 02, 2020

Prayers for you and your family. He will be missed. I enjoyed working with him at Lifesavers and loved to see him when I walked into Walmart.

Posted by Yolanda Ramos Ramos - Allegan, MI - Friend   September 02, 2020

Bless the Lord who now has our great friend in his loving care. I am so blessed to have known this rare soul! He was a humble person, full of grace and had a fire in him for Jesus Christ! Those in his world will miss this shining star, but we are overwhelmed with happiness for him because he is now with the one he loved so much, Jesus!

Posted by Karen Wayner - Holland, MI - friend   September 02, 2020

So sorry for your loss worked with Wayne at Lifesavers and said hi to him at Walmart he will be missed.

Posted by Dawn Beck - Baldwin, MI - Coworker   September 02, 2020

WE WILL MISS HIS SMILING FACE WHEN WE COME TO THE CHURCH AND AT WALMART WE LOVE U BROTHER WAYNE

Posted by kathy oliver - holland, MI - Friend   September 02, 2020

What a joy it was to have known Wayne. From our very first visit to Holland First, which later became our home church Wayne was there to greet us with a beautiful smile and a handshake. When we told him that we were moving to TX. he genuinely looked sad and told us he would miss us and I believe he did as every time we visited MI and Holland First, he welcomed us with such a smile and handshake. Then telling us he missed us. We love you Wayne. You were a friend and role model and inspiration to so many. Thank you for being our friend. Ken and Marita Perry, Austin TX.

Posted by Marita Perry - Niederwald, TX - Friend   September 02, 2020

we will miss his smiling face when we come to the church and at walmart

Posted by kathy oliver - holland, MI - Friend   September 02, 2020

Wayne was a wonderful roll model and is loved by many, I am going to miss him greatly.

Posted by Delbert Gann - Holland, MI - Family   September 02, 2020

So sorry for your heartache. Thank you for sharing Wayne with all of us. Our lives were always richer because of him.

Posted by Renee Hibma - Breedsville, MI - Family Friend   September 02, 2020


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