GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.—Robert “Bob” Waldron, a longtime volunteer with the Kentucky Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, died May 16 while on assignment in Michigan helping victims of recent flooding.
Waldron, of Mount Washington, was leaving a job site Friday afternoon when he reportedly lost control of his vehicle—possibly due to a medical condition.
DR volunteer Buford “Butch” Turley, a passenger in the automobile, was critically injured in the crash.
Both men were taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Waldron, 79, was pronounced dead. He is survived by his wife, Janice.
Turley, a member of Millville Baptist Church in Frankfort, remains in stable but serious condition while on life-support.
“Our hearts are heavy,” said Coy Webb, KBC Disaster Relief Director. “We ask Kentucky Baptists to pray for the families affected by this accident and for our teams as they continue to serve while in Michigan.”
Webb left Kentucky early Saturday morning to be with families at the hospital and offer his prayers and support for team members as they continue to press on with the ministry work of disaster relief.
“Our purpose is to show the love of Christ through this ministry,” Coy said, “to help the hurting and lift up the hopeless—and ultimately lead others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. That is exactly what Bob and Butch were doing.”
Wynn Williams, director of the Baptist Convention of Michigan Disaster Relief, said moments before the accident Turley has prayed with a homeowner to receive Christ as Savior.
“We give God all the praise for this news in the midst of such a difficult time,” Williams said.
Team members continuing to serve in Paris, Mich., include Dave Hampton, Susan Hampton, Chris Cropp, Petra Messer, Gina Harbold, Ramona Watkins, Elvis Brown, Rick Woodside, George Shanks, Bonnie Prince, Jerry Kemper, Tony Callan, Pat Callan, Patrick Neal, Bud Willis and Rodney Collins.
Teams will be based at Charity Baptist Church in Paris, Mich., through next week.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made disaster declarations for eight Michigan counties following heavy rainfall on April 12 that combined with existing snow and caused widespread flooding along the Muskegon River.