On December 1, 2015 Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven went to be with his Lord. Born March 24, 1927 in The Hague, he grew up in the Netherlands. He immigrated to Canada in 1952, in order to marry his beloved Klazina Heerema. For over 56 years they were devoted partners in life, ministry, and service to God until she passed away in February 2009.
Rev. Kuyvenhoven served churches in western and eastern Canada. He served as Director of Education for the Christian Reformed Church. He is best known for his time as Editor-in-Chief of The Banner, a position which he held for nearly a decade. He also authored several books, study guides and devotionals. His warm and insightful opening of Scripture came from a keen mind, and a joyful dedication to his Lord. He loved the Gospel. He also loved people, and was an encourager. He even pastored his hospice caregivers. His devotional Daylight has been through 10 printings and been translated into a number of different languages, blessing thousands by shedding light on what it means “to live in the presence and promises of God.” This theme was played out beautifully in his own life.
Rev. Kuyvenhoven is survived by his 6 children and their spouses: Johanna (George Hope) Kuyvenhoven; Joyce (Hal) Maring; Phil (Lori) Kuyvenhoven; Margaret (Frank) Hofland; Cora (Martin Spencer) Kuyvenhoven; and, Leonard (Sue) Kuyvenhoven. He is also survived by 15 grand children and 6 great grand children, all of whom brought him much love and joy. They together give thanks for the legacy of a man who lived with integrity, and showed what love for God and devotion to others could look like.
A memorial service will take place Saturday December 5th at 2:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church, 3190 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A fellowship reception will follow the service. Visitation will be held December 4, Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, December 5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Zaagman Funeral Home, 2800 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.