Gus Wolting

On May 10, 2020, our dear husband, father, Grampa and Opa, Gus Wolting, joined the triumphant church in heaven. Gus was born on February 14, 1930, in Zwinderen, DR, Netherlands. He immigrated to Canada in 1950, where he met the love of his life, Irene Vandersluis. They were married for 65 years, and have been lifelong members of First Christian Reformed Church in Chatham.

Gus and Irene were blessed with 4 children: Ann & Dennis Rolph, Ray & Jenny Wolting, Gerry & Linda Wolting and Henry & Elaine Wolting. Their family grew to include 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren: Shannon & Cody Neath (Claire, Marlowe, Gus), Stephanie Rolph, Greg & Ashley Wolting (Hunter, Owen, Jace), Alicia & Rich Kralt (Amelia, Roslyn, Logan), Jessica Wolting, Corey Wolting, Kristy & Scott May (Reagan, Ryleigh, Braden), Kevin & Jackie Wolting (Ariella, Zander, Seth), Valerie & Eric Hystek (Savanna, Paisley), Justin Wolting, Jordan Wolting, and Jeremy Wolting. Gus was predeceased by 6 siblings: brothers Hendrik, Jan, Bert, Rieks and Albert; sister Alie.

Gus retired in 1985 after 30 years with Navistar. It was then that he could devote more time to his beloved nursery which brought him so much pleasure over the years. He was a kind, soft-spoken gentleman whose final words of advice to his family was to “Follow the Lord”. 

Those wishing to make a donation in his memory are asked to consider Chatham Christian School (this can be done online or e-transfers sent to Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the memorial service will be limited to immediate family on Wednesday, May 13th, at 11:00 a.m. 

Live stream Link:  To access the Funeral Service live stream, please go to and click on the MEDIA tab and then select Live Stream.  The live stream will start 5 minutes before the service.



61 Comments on “Gus Wolting”

  1. Had the privilege of working with his son Jerry in the early 80s at Chrysler Shillington. Sorry for your loss.

  2. Our deepest condolences Wolting clan. May the legacy your father, grandfather and great grandfather live long in your hearts and carry you through times of grief to come. What a comfort knowing he loved his Lord and is with him today! Hugs and love to you all.

  3. Sorry to hear this news and I pray for strength for the family in these sad days. May his legacy of faith and love and memories of your times with you comfort you in the days ahead! Love you all and will definitely tune in to the service.

  4. Our heartfelt condolences to all of the family and friends. May you feel the peace and comfort of our prayers as you say your final goodbyes. Know that though we may not be there with you in person we will be in spirit.

  5. Our condolences to you all. We are thinking of you all in this difficult time. May the Lord bring you comfort and peace.

  6. Dear Henry, Elaine and boys. We send you all the virtual hugs you can imagine. May you find peace in knowing your father is in the most beautiful place! Love to all!!

  7. Our condolences to all the families. We pray that God will comfort all of you through these trying times.

  8. Dear Wolting family ,

    Our sincere sympathy to you all , especially Irene , as you mourn the loss of Gus . He was just a lovely man and will be fondly remembered by us as a neighbour as well as an avid gardener with lots of advice! May God keep you close as you have to say goodbye in such unusual times . Pete & Truus Horneman

  9. Our condolences to your family in your time of loss. May your many memories bring you comfort for the years you had together.

  10. So sorry to hear the news of the passing of Uncle Gus. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  11. Sincere condolences to the Wolting family. On so many of our visits to Chatham, Gus was a cheerful voice of greeting.

  12. Deepest sympathies to the entire Wolting family. Whenever we visited Chatham, Gus would always “find me” after the church service – showing a great deal of interest and offering lots of encouragement. A wonderful gentleman who exuded cheer and goodwill. He will be long remembered and truly missed. God’s richest Blessings to the entire Wolting family.

  13. Our prayers and sympathy are with you all. May you be comforted knowing that he is now with his beloved Saviour.

  14. We have been blessed to know Dad Wolting and thank him for making us feel like family for the past 30 years.

  15. My condolences to the family, friends and loved ones. May you find peace in God’s loving arms.

  16. Condolences to the Wolting families, his earthly journey is over. May you all be comforted in Jesus Resurrection, and Eternal Life!

  17. To the Wolting family.Our condolences to the family with the passing of The husband, father , grandfather and great grandfatherMay the Lord comfort you through these days and give grace as you mourn the loss of your loved one. May it be a rich Blessing to know that Gus is gone home to the Lord his Saviour. That is were our strength lie as Christians. May that be all of your hope and comfort knowing that right now he is forever with the Lord serving Him forever Praising Him with all the saints in Glory. God Bless you all. Love Paul and Vicky Noordam

  18. To all the Wolting families , My deepest condolences on the passing of a GREAT MAN. Over the years I’ve been blessed with knowing him in both the church life as well as in his personal joy, his nursery life. He and Irene were always a joy to talk to and he will be greatly missed!!
    Harold Ytsma

  19. I have the pleasure of working with his son Henry. Please accept my deepest sympathies during your time of loss, my thoughts/prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time

  20. My sincere condolences for all the family. May God surround you & hold you thru this time of loss.

  21. Kevin and Jackie, Val and Eric, Corey, our prayers are with you, your grandmother and all the Wolting family at this time of sadness. May God’s Holy Spirit give you comfort and peace. P. Marg

  22. Ray I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  23. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Spent many times with my Mom (Louise Anderson) looking, listening and learning nursery stock from Gus. Also, when I married Gary, your neighbor, many memories were made.

  24. My heartfelt condolences to the Woltings..Gus always had a huge smile and open hand after church services..wanting to know about my family life in Chicago…always amazed about American..always kind and welcoming. I will miss that.

  25. Gerry

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I’m sure he was a great father to you and your sibling and will be sadly missed by all.
    Memories will keep him alive.

  26. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. So sorrily for your loss. Thomas Smith & James Lizotte

  27. Gerry,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family upon the loss of your Father. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

    Lori Gall

  28. Will never forget Uncle Gus’ smile… Our thoughts and condolences to all of you.

  29. Ray and Jenny, our condolences to you and your family. Terri and I are thinking of you in this difficult time.

  30. Our deepest condolences to you Tante Renske, Ann and Dennis, Ray and Jenny, Gerry and Linda, Henry and Elaine. May you all feel God’s love surround you in the days, weeks and months to come. Uncle Gus was a tremendous man, full of love. Thankful to have many memories of him! ❤️

  31. Dear Irene- So sorry for your great loss.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sincere Sympathy.

    Mary Debusschere and Dorothy Maier (Verbruggen)

  32. Gus’s passing will leave the people who knew him with feelings that will take time to heal. Accept my condolences and sympathy. May his soul rest in the peace his life deserved.

  33. Dear Irene- So sorry for your great loss.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sincere Sympathy.

    Mary Debusschere and Dorothy Maier (Verbruggen)

  34. I truly enjoyed every minute I spent with Gus over the years, such a great man.
    Thanks Gus you will be missed.

  35. To the Wolting family. My deepest condolences goes out to all of you in your time of sorrow. He was such a kind man to everyone. Always had a handshake and a smile. God has truly blessed you with such a wonderful husband, father,opa and great opa.
    You are all in my prayers.

  36. Kevin and Jackie, Val and Eric and family, our deepest sympathy, love and prayers to all of you.

  37. I’m thinking of you all and lifting you up in prayer as you mourn the loss on earth of such a great husband, father, grandfather, friend. I remember him fondly, his eyes always twinkling with mischief, hospitality, and fun. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” From Psalm 116.

  38. Our condolences to the Family Wolting.
    We met “oom Gezienus” a couple of times. He was the youngest brother of our father ” Rieks”
    We remember him as a very nice, loving, calm and humourfull man.
    We wish you all strenght and loving people around you! Hans en Alida Eising -Wolting

  39. So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I’m sure he was a great man, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by his entire family, community and his church. Mike and Kelly Serruys

  40. Amazing parents have amazing families. Uncle Gus, your family is so blessed to have known you and they shared those blessings with all of us through your funeral service. I was thinking how sad it would be because there would be no music and then that video … What a wonderful tribute for you Uncle Gus. I hope that they will always feel your presence and know that your love stays with them long after your passing. I can truly sense that you live on through those who knew and loved you. Good bye Uncle Gus.

  41. Our sincerest condolences to the whole family. He was much loved and will be deeply missed. We will continue to hold all of you in our hearts and prayers and may God give you His peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  42. To the Wolting Family; Our sincerest condolences to you.
    I had the great pleasure to get to know Gus when Henry and I worked together at the Glasshouse. I knew Gus to be very honest , happy go lucky with a one of a kind personality and a great love of his family.

    RIP Gus.. May you enjoy the gardens above as well as you did here..


  43. As we watched today the wonderful tribute to uncle Gus we reflected on many childhood memories, laughter, the family get together at Rondeau park. Uncle Gus was always so kind and treated each if us as his own. His gentle way will be for3ver missed. Hugs and prayers to each of you as you say goodbye to a wonderful kind well loved man.
    Much love Wendy Smith and Rob Vandersluis xo

  44. My deepest condolences to the whole family, and particulary to Henry and Elaine and the kids. God bless you all.

  45. Our condolences at this time of your loss. What a comfort it is to know he is present with His Lord! Always a friendly, big smile, a happy, contented man! God bless and comfort you.

  46. Our condolences in the passing of the family Patriarch. May you find comfort in the fact that he is Home.

  47. Henry and Elaine and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your father and grandfather.

    Rudy and Marianne

  48. Our condolences to all the Wolting clan. It was a privilege to have known and interacted with your husband ,father , and grandfather. It was always a special time to visit with Gus. MayGod sustain and bless you during this time of loss.

  49. Our condolences to Irene,and the children, grand children and great-grandchildren.

    Dave & Joanne Noordhoff

    Although I didn’t know Gus well, I have been fortunate to know Ray, Gerry, Henry, their spouses and their children for many years.
    When I heard of Gus’ passing, my thoughts went out to you. I’m glad you were able to share such a long and blessed time with your Dad, Grand Dad and Great Grand Dad.


  50. Our condolences to Tante Rinske , Ann, Ray, Gerry, Henry and their families. Good memories growing up every-one camping at Rondeau Park fishing off the dock and the bridge before the gate. We will miss seeing Uncle Gus in church and hearing his friendly voice. from Gary and Joanne Nydam

  51. To Gerry, Linda & family:
    My deepest sympathy as you mourn the loss of your father/ grandfather. May wonderful memories hold you close to bring comfort and strength to your day. I pray you have sensed the Lord’s presence and felt His peace in your times of loneliness. Stay strong as you anticipate a grand Heavenly reunion one day.
    Kim Pierce.

  52. We want to extend our condolences to the Wolting families, May our Heavenly Father comfort you all at this time.

  53. Condolences from the Kiers family!. Gus was a great man. I have many good memories as a child visiting them in Chatham. He was a great friend to our Dad and they loved to joke around. I’m sure they are at it again in heaven …

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