Monday, October 06, 2008

Lloyd Woolman Returns to Winona Lake

Lloyd Woolman, former professor and coach at Grace College and Grace Brethren pastor, has returned to Winona Lake, Indiana, to live at Grace Village in retirement.

His daughter-in-law, Becky Kent Woolman, says, "He has lived in Seattle area since Betty died in 1990. We talked to him today and he had a wonderful day reconnecting with old friends! We are praying that he is very happy there! He is in Apartment 108."


Anonymous Dave Mitchell said...

Hey, It will be good to see Coach Woolman again. A funny thing happened between us. One day, as a college student, another student and myself were boxing, neither had experience. Coach came up and said, "Dave could I spar with you ?" I figured we'd just play around so I said "Sure". We began and things were going okay when suddenly he hit me flat hard in the stomach and when I doubled over he came with an uppercut. Man ! did I hit the floor fast..I had never been hit like that. In my dizziness I thought, "Hey that didn't hurt...I can take a punch", even if I was half knocked out. He responded, "Dave I am so sorry. I was golden gloves champ on my ship and when you opened yourself up, I by instinct laid into you. Well one lives and learns..Ha !

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Carlene Weirick Duncan said...

It is so good to know where Lloyd is these days. He and Betty were wonderful friends. I got to know them when I worked summers at Winona Lake School of Theology. I also had him for Kineseology class - that was a real experience!! During one of my summers at WLST I asked coach if he would marry me - meaning when I found the right guy! He said "I am sorry but you know I am a happily married man already! There was no doubt about that. He did marry me after all - 1971 to Donald Walter Duncan and we are now living in Rossville, GA busy serving the Lord. Thanks for all the good memories, Lloyd.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Gary Woolman said...

This is wonderful to read these comments. I wanted to pass on some updates on my father. He fell in his apartment at Grace Village less than a week of moving into independent living. The diagnosis was a series of mini strokes. He is currently in the health care wing of Grace Village. I visited him yesterday and he whispered the following that on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect, he is "1/2 of 1". His grip is strong and he does recognize me and he remembered Chet Kammerer visiting him as well as Ron Henry and Jim Kessler. But he is confused as to the day of the week and doesn't remember the physical or speech therapy sessions he has each morning. Please pray for him. I read to him Carlene's blog and that brought a BIG smile to his face. I plan on reading these to him when I visit him. He is in room 199 of Grace Village Health Care facility. It's very small but I know he would appreciate cards and letters. He needs to be picked up in spirits! Thanks in advance to any who read this and respond to my plea.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of Lloyd's passing - but yet how can we be too sad when we know where he is and that he is reunited with the love of his life? So many good memories of Lloyd and Betty. Winona Lake School of Theology was one of the best experiences of my life. Jim and Gary were so young and it was fun watching them grow up. Betty and I worked together at the Missionary Herald and we had some great times. I am so glad to have known the entire family and of course having them involved in our wedding is something I will always treasure. What a heritage for their family to have such wonderful parents.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Carlene Weirick Duncan said...

I have thought much about you, Jim and Gary, with the passing of both of your parents. I know what that feels like as both of mine are gone now, as well as my sweet in-laws. I am actually the "anonymous" who wrote above comment! Sometimes I just cannot figure out these computer things!! I regret not sending a not to Lloyd during those last weeks. My computer went down and I was out of touch with friends for several months until we had the time and the money to get it repaired so I missed out on your entry, Gary. I had written to Lloyd several years ago - I believe at the time he was living in Washington State and helping Jim in his ministry. I had wanted him to know that Don and I had a strong marriage, one centered around Christ and that we were busy serving the Lord. He wrote a very sweet letter in reply. Your folks were a big influence in my life.

11:57 AM  

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