Robert Strabbing ’47

Robert Strabbing ’47, 92, completed his earthly service of his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 10, 2016.

He was born on Aug. 19, 1923, in Graafschaap.  During his life he served in the United States Navy in World War II and as a teacher and administrator at Holland Christian Schools. For 23 years he served as principal of Zeeland Christian School before retiring in 1987.

After his retirement, he and his wife, Lucille, to whom he was married for 57 years, gave volunteer service for World Renew Disaster Relief Services, Desert Christian School in Tucson, Arizona, the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds and numerous other Christian organizations. Most recently he served as a volunteer day manager at Bibles for Mexico where he actively worked until the week before his death. His family praises God for his faith in Christ that was a wonderful blessing to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His legacy to family and friends is that our lives are a gift from God to be given to others in service through acts of love in Jesus. As we celebrate his life, we find comfort in his passing in the words of Christ in the text of the last devotional he read before his death, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

He is survived by his children, Robert (Rose) Strabbing, Linda (William) Vanden Bosch and Sandy (Wes) Lemmen; and by 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Norma Van Popering, Carol (Herm) Kolk, Mary (Roger) Shoemaker, Chuck (Ona) Strabbing; and sister-in-law, Jo Strabbing. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Herk (Marilyn) Banger.

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