July 6, 2014 - 11:21 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Elinor Noteboom, age 84, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, July 9, at 11:00 am, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. John Klompien will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a family prayer service on Wednesday, at 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the  Oolman Funeral Home of Orange City, which is in charge of the arrangements for Elinor Noteboom.

June 30, 2014 - 11:21 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. George Huizenga, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

 There will be a funeral service on Thursday, July 3, at 10:00am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Gary Hegstad will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

George was born on August 26, 1925, in Orange City, the son of Jacob and Agnes (De Vries) Huizenga. He was raised at Orange City. In 1943, he entered the United States Army, serving overseas. He was honorably discharged in 1946, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.

On August 20, 1948, he married Thelma Jean Van Bruggen in Ireton. They made their home in Orange City, where he was employed at the Punt Chevrolet-Cadillac dealership, first as an automobile technician and then as their service manager.

Later, George was the senior vice-president of Store Start-up for Hot Topic, where he managed new store openings, traveling to all 48 contiguous states.

More recently, Mr. and Mrs. Huizenga resided at the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. Since October of 2013, they have lived at Prairie Ridge.

He was a member of the American Reformed Church and the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Post in Orange City. For many years, he was a volunteer fireman, some of them as chief, and he was a part-time policeman, all in Orange City.

He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of more than 65 years, Jean; a daughter and her husband, LeAnn and Orval Madden, of Santa Barbara, California; a son and his wife, Jay and Jane Huizenga, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; two granddaughters and their husbands, Jessica and Matthew Smith, of South Pasadena, California; and Megan and Matthew Sage, of Sioux Falls; three great-grandchildren; Jacob George Smith, Emmalyn Jane Sage, and Everett Matthew Sage; and two sisters-in-law, Joan (Huizenga) Spronk and Arlys Feenstra, both of Orange City.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Otto Huizenga, Ann Van Steenwyk, and Bernard Huizenga.

June 18, 2014 - 8:56 am - Posted in Obituaries

Douglas G. Middle, 55, of Rock Valley died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley after a courageous fight with cancer for three and half years.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 20, at First Reformed Church in Rock Valley, with Rev. Calvin Ver Mulm officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery at Rock Valley.

Visitation will be until 4:00 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home and then continuing with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014 at First Reformed Church in Rock Valley.

Condolences for the family may be left online at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

The Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley is in charge of the arrangements for 55-year old Douglas Middle of Rock Valley.

Douglas Gene Middle was born January 2, 1959 in Canton, South Dakota to George and Katheron (Bakker) Middle. Doug attended and graduated in 1977 from Rock Valley High School. Doug attended Northwestern College for one year, Pipestone Tech for Meat Cutting and Waterloo Hawkeye Tech for Graphic Art Design. In 1993, he started working as a machinist at A&I Products until present.

Doug, being an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing and serving as a board member on the Sioux County Sportsmen Club. He also enjoyed riding his Harley. He was a man of many talents and was always willing to help others.

Doug is survived by his mother, Katheron Middle of Rock Valley; siblings, Linda (Conrad) Baker of Canton, SD, Kenneth (Donna) Middle of Muscatine, IA, Duane (Lynn) Middle of Rock Valley, IA, Judy (Greg) Ketcham of Sheldon, IA and Debra Middle of Sheldon, IA; 11 nephews and nieces; 12 great nephews and nieces; and a host of other relatives and close friends.

Doug was preceded in death by his father, George.

June 16, 2014 - 11:08 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Sarah “Sally” Guthmiller, age 75, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the Orange City Area Health System in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, June 20, at 11:00 am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Gary Hegstad will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a private family prayer service on Friday, at 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the funeral home.

The Oolman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Sarah Guthmiller.

Sarah Louise was born on May 4, 1939, in Olivet, South Dakota, the daughter of Elmer M. and Opal Vivian (Wintersteen) Johnson. She was raised in the Olivet area, where she attended Menno High School and then Southern State Teachers College, graduating in 1958, with a business degree.

On November 22, 1958, she married Donnie Willie Guthmiller in Olivet. They moved to many different places, eventually settling in Orange City in the summer of 1969. “Sally” had a number of jobs, but was employed at the Northwestern State Bank in Orange City for over twenty years.

She was an active member of the American Reformed Church.

Sally enjoyed doing handwork, stitching, playing cards with her club, and cleaning. She also loved coffee and conversation. She had a large collection of antique dishes and cut glass. She dearly and truly loved all nine of her grandchildren and attended their sporting events and activities.

She is survived by her husband of over 55 years, “Don”; her four children and their spouses, Marty and Tami Guthmiller, of Orange City; D. Scott and Janet Guthmiller, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Jeff and Renee Guthmiller, of Orange City; and Shantel and Jay Van Gelder, of Spencer; nine grandchildren, Jameson Guthmiller, and his wife, Nicole; Brett Guthmiller; Casey Guthmiller; Katie Guthmiller; Emily Guthmiller; Sean Guthmiller, and his fiancé, Abby Van Gorp; Jennifer Guthmiller; Shayler Van Gelder; and Kamdyn Van Gelder; her mother, Opal Johnson, of Orange City; her brother, Larye Johnson, of Scotland, South Dakota; and a brother-in-law, Charles Zeeb, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In addition to her father, Sally was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Hannah Rae Guthmiller; her sister, Donna Mae Zeeb; and a sister-in-law, Joan Johnson.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice and the Orange City Area Health System.

 

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May 19, 2014 - 3:33 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Lester O. Hansen, age 77, of Boyden, Iowa passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

The funeral service will be 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Burial will be at the Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden. Visitation will be after 4 P.M. on Monday, May 19, 2014 with family present from 5 – 7 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Online condolences may be sent to www.vanderploegfunerals.com

Lester Otto Hansen, the son of Otto and Marian (Hawke) Hansen was born on October 24, 1936 in Frankfort, South Dakota.  He graduated from Doland High School in Doland, South Dakota in 1956 and later received his Associates Degree from Sioux Empire College.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1961.  While in the Air Force he was a mechanic for the B52 Bombers and also worked on the Minute Man missile sites in Rapid City.  He was united in marriage to Joan Heffernan in Redfield, South Dakota on September 7, 1958.  After they got married they settled in Boyden, Iowa where Lester was a Machining Department Supervisor for Demco for over 30 years, retiring in 2002.  He went back part time for Demco from 2004 – 2012.  Lester also worked as a crane operator working on a number of bridges around the area.  Lester passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, reaching the age of 77 years, 6 months and 22 days.

Lester enjoyed camping, traveling, fishing, hunting and owning nice black cars.  He loved being a grandpa and was a faithful husband visiting his wife everyday while in the nursing home.

Left to cherish Lester’s life is his wife, Joan Hansen of Boyden; two children, Bonnie and her husband Mike Diekevers of Boyden and Leslie and his wife Barb Hansen of Alton, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Jenna, Todd, Breanne, Karissa, Mitchell, Ben and Rebecca; two great grandchildren, Mackenzie and Jacie; a brother, Lyle Hansen of Yakima, Washington; two sisters and husbands, Joyce and John Jansen of Ashton, South Dakota and Carol and Oscar Woodfork of Redfield, South Dakota; also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Donna Zens and Bernadine Lewis.

May 16, 2014 - 3:01 pm - Posted in Obituaries

SOHL, Donald picDonald N. Sohl, age 82 of Brandon, SD formerly of Hull, IA died Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Dow Rummel Village Chapel in Sioux Falls, SD with Rev. Tim Worthington officiating. Inurnment will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Hull, IA. Family will be greeting guests one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Dow Rummel Chapel Monday morning.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of arrangements for Donald Sohl.

Donald Sohl was born the third of six boys born to Elise and Paul Sohl of Hull, IA. Don was raised on the Sohl family farm, and was a regular member of St. Paul Lutheran church in Hull. He graduated as a part of the Hull High School Class of 1949. Don proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. After he was discharged from the Army, Don moved to the Minneapolis, MN area. There he was the father to two boys, Michael and Steven. Don continued to live in the Minneapolis are, where he loved to garden, fish, play cards, and golf. No squirrel was safe if they dared to enter Don’s back yard. In 1992, Don found his most joyful place when he married Karen. Together they lived a blessed life first in Excelsior, MN, moving to Lacey, WA, and finally moving back near Don’s original Iowa roots, to Brandon, SD. As Don became ill, he moved to the Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls, where he was well cared for and well loved until the end, his wife Karen at his constant side.

Don now is able to reunite with those who have preceded him in Heaven; his parents, Paul and Elise; his son Michael; and his nephew Kevin Sohl.

He is survived by his wife Karen; his son, Steven and his wife Beth; Karen’s 2 children, Steven Morris and Cindy Vaske and their spouses, Erin and Chris; 8 grandchildren, Aaron, Carson, Cooper, Clara, Alivia, Delaney, Steph, and Celi; one great-grandchild; his 5 wonderful brothers and their equally wonderful wives, Robert and Verna, Alvin and Arlene, Kenneth and Elaine, Harold and Darlene, and Lawrence and Kathi; numerous nephews and nieces and families; and many others who loved and will miss Don’s wonderful sense of humor and his caring ways.

May 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ralph B. Roelfs, 96 of Sheldon, IA, formerly of Ashton, IA, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Field Crest Assisted Living in Sheldon, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 20th at Zoar Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Burial will follow at Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton, IA. Visitation will be Monday, May 19th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home in Ashton.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Ralph Benjamin Roelfs was born April 5, 1918 on a farm two miles south of Ashton, Iowa, the son of George and Catherine (Johnson) Roelfs. At age three Ralph’s father died. He and his family moved to Grandma Johnson’s farm to live. In March of 1923 they moved to a farm nearby and Ralph attended the Goewey #4 School through 7th grade. He continued his education at Ashton Public School and graduated in 1935.

In 1937 Ralph began to farm near Ashton. On November 23, 1944 he was united in marriage to Jeanette Risius at Trinity Reformed Parsonage in Sibley, IA. The newlyweds lived on the family farm, where they continued farming and raised their three daughters. In 1983 Ralph and Jeanette retired and moved to Sheldon. They enjoyed 20 plus winters together in Mission, TX. In April of 2006 they moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon, IA. On April 9, 2006 Ralph’s wife of 61 years died. Ralph remained living at Fieldcrest the remainder of his life.

He was a long time member of Ashton Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon, Elder and taught Sunday School for 40 plus years. After the church closed he became a member of Zoar Presbyterian Church of rural George. In his youth Ralph was involved with Christian Endeavor, where he served as President at the district level and Vice President at the state level. He also served on the Osceola County ASC, Goewey Township Committee as Secretary, and Sheldon Community School Board for 12 years, two of which he served as President. He was a charter member of Ashton 100 Club and Sheldon Senior Citizen Club. Ralph was often called on to provide the message in church and Chapel at Fieldcrest, which he was always up to the task.

He is survived by three daughters, Janice (Stan) TenKley of Sheldon, IA, Sandra (Ken) Krieg of Kingsley, IA and Gail (Dave) Morrison of Palm Bay, FL; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Trena DeVries of Sibley, IA and Henrietta Aielts and husband Ailt of Worthington, MN; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Catherine Roelfs; loving wife, Jeanette Roelfs; a sister, Lena (Lawrence) Osgood; and his mentor, Ralph Johnson.

May 6, 2014 - 2:13 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Dick Van Gelder, age 89, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formerly of Orange City, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, May 9, at 3:00pm, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Vande Zande will officiate. Following refreshments, interment will be at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitaiton will be after 3:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Dick, the son of William and Afke ‘Effie’ (Feenstra) Van Gelder, was born on September 13, 1924 in Ireton, Iowa. He was the third of eight children to be born in the family. At the age of three, his family moved to South Dakota. They stayed for one year and then returned to Iowa to settle in Orange City. Dick attended elementary school in Newkirk with eight other students his age. He later attended high school with 39 classmates.

On May 22, 1949, he married Helen Hubers during a regular church worship service. They were blessed with five children.

Dick worked as a printer and partial owner of a local newspaper and later attended watchmaker school in Elgin, Illinois. He graduated from Elgin in 1955 and took a job as an apprentice at Jerry’s Jewelry in Hawarden. In 1957, he opened Van Gelder Jewelry in Orange City, where he continued working until his retirement in 1984.

He was an active member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City, and he served numerous terms as a deacon and an elder. He also served on the board of directors for the Orange City Christian School. In later years, he enjoyed spending winter months in Mesa, Arizona, where he filled his time with woodworking projects, a variety of crafts, teaching computer skills to retirees, learning Spanish, and visiting with friends and siblings.

When health issues made it impossible for Mr. and Mrs. Van Gelder to live in Arizona, they moved to the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. Continued declining health forced them to move to the Dow Rummel Village a few years later, where they remained until his death.

He is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Helen; four children and their spouses, Harvey Keith Van Gelder, of Manhattan, Montana; Beverly Jane and Scott Allan Herrema, of Denver, Colorado; Evan Jay and Krista Lynn Van Gelder, of Pella; and Judy Kay and Mick E. Vanden Bosch of Sioux Falls; a daughter-in-law, Ardyth Marie Van Gelder, of Denver; sixteen grandchildren, Angela Van Gelder; Derek Van Gelder, and his wife, Stacy; Kristopher Van Gelder; Dylan Van Gelder; Dallas Van Gelder; Abigail Van Gelder; Jordan Herrema; Austin Herrema; Shelby Herrema; Blake Herrema; Danielle, and her husband, Collin Barnes; Emily Van Gelder; Seth Van Gelder; Michaela Vanden Bosch; Anisa Vanden Bosch; and Ciana Vanden Bosch; four great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Wilbert and Clara Van Gelder and Arnold and Marjorie Van Gelder; three sisters, Margaret, and her husband, Vernon Muilenburg, Theresa Goslinga; and Carolyn Vande Brake; and two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Van Gelder and Marcia Van Gelder. He is also survived by Helen’s siblings, Nelvy Siebersma; and Sylvan ‘Bud’ Hubers, and his wife, Bernice; and her two sisters-in-law, Margaret ‘Mike’ Hubers and Jane Hubers.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Wayne Van Gelder; a granddaughter, Amanda Van Gelder; two brothers, Raymond and Edward Van Gelder; a brother-in-law, Stewart Goslinga; and Helen’s siblings and their spouses, Albert and Elsie Hubers; William and Bertha Hubers; Henry Hubers; Elmer Hubers; and Stan Siebersma.

 

May 6, 2014 - 9:59 am - Posted in Obituaries

Berylois T. Fliear, age 84, of Cedar Falls, Iowa and formerly of the Matlock and Sibley, Iowa area who passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the NewAldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her Memorial Service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon with Rev. Kevin Gingerich ~ officiating.

Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with the family present at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Memorials may be directed to the: Cedar Bend Humane Society

Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com

Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

Berylois “Ber” Talea Fliear, the daughter of Aielt and Minnie (Park) Kruger was born March 10, 1929 in Sibley, Iowa. On March 20, 1946, she was united in marriage to Delbert Fliear in Sibley, Iowa. The couple lived in Sibley for a few years before moving to Waterloo, Iowa 1952, where she co-owned with her husband Central Office Equipment before retiring in 1989. They retired to Mesa, Arizona where Delbert preceded her in death on December 11, 2011; Ber remained in Mesa until March of 2013, due to ill health she moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa to be near family. She passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the NewAldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls, Iowa reaching the age of 84 years, 8 months and 3 days.

She was a member of Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona and volunteered for many positions at the Carriage RV Resort in Mesa.

Ber leaves to mourn her passing her two daughters, Anita and Dennis Kabele of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Rhonda Fliear of Carroll, Iowa; six grandchildren, Stacy Kabele, Clint Kabele, Betsy Winga, Audrey Reimers, Alison Kipp and Alex Kipp; six great-grandchildren, Max and Zach Winga, Livia and Nylah Kabele, Corrine and Amelia Reimers; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert; her parents and a brother, Dutch (Delbert) Kruger.

May 5, 2014 - 4:02 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Harriet Reimers, age 94, of Boyden, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Sanford Health Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the United Presbyterian Church in Boyden.

Burial will be at the Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden.

Visitation will be after 4 P.M. on Thursday, May 8, 2014 with the family present from 5 – 7 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden

Online condolences may be sent to www.vanderploegfunerals.com

   Harriet Leona Reimers, the daughter of Fred and Eva (Van Oort) Wilts, was born December 19, 1919, on the family farm near George, Iowa. She received her education in a country school near George. On May 29, 1941, she was united in marriage to William Vernon Reimers in Neligh, Nebraska. After their marriage, the couple made their home on a farm near Boyden. Harriet was a devoted wife and mother, working side by side with Vern. They lived on the family farm until 1977 when they moved into Boyden. Harriet was a faithful member of the United Presbyterian Church in Boyden. She was an avid Cubs fan, enjoyed playing cards with friends, taking care of her flowers, morning coffee with the neighbors, family fishing outings, but most of all spending time with family. Vern preceded Harriet in death on October 19, 1999. In the last two years she enjoyed her home at Pleasant Acres taking an active part in many activities. She ended each day with the Lord’s Prayer, the 23rd Psalm and Vern’s favorite song for her, “You are My Sunshine”. Harriet passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Sanford Health Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, reaching the age of 94 years, 4 months and 15 days.
Left to cherish her memories are her children, Fred and his wife, Arlys Reimers, Carol Pomerenke and her special friend, Dave Reiners all of Sheldon, Iowa, Bettie and her husband, Norm Van Sloten of Boyden, Judy and her husband, Jim Smits of Orange City, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Sue Reimers of Boyden; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; three sisters, Alvina and her husband, Henry Van Heuvelen of Sheldon, Iowa, Joyce and her husband, Richard Johnson of Surprise, Arizona and Mary Ann Reekers of Hull, Iowa; also a host of other relatives and friends.
  Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Vern; son, William Reimers; parents; two grandsons, Randy Van Sloten and Steven Pomerenke; son-in-law, Denny Lange; a brother, Fred Wilts and a sister, Evelyn Postma.