DAVID T. HERDA
Mr. David Herda, age 50, of Alton, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital, of injuries received in a construction accident in Sioux Center.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, June 16, at 10:30am, at the Alton Reformed Church. The Rev. David Daumer will officiate. Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
David Thomas was born On April 10, 1957, in Rock Rapids, the son of Joseph Thomas and Ailene Mae (Heidebrink) Herda. He was raised at Rock Rapids, where he graduated from the Central Lyon High School.
On March 26, 1976, he married Brenda Renae Ranschau in Rock Rapids. They lived in Rock Rapids a short time and then moved to Alton, where they have since made their home.
Dave was a production manager at American Identity in Orange City until 2005, when he became employed by Siouxland Masonry in Alton.
Mr. Herda was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Orange City.
He enjoyed fishing, carpentry, stock car racing at the Rock Rapids Speedway, NASCAR, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda; two sons and their wives, Nicholas and Leah Herda, of Alton; and Andrew and Jessica Herda, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; his parents, Joe and Ailene Herda, of Hospers; two brothers, Doug Herda, of Rock Rapids; and Mark Herda, of Spencer; two sisters, Lori Mars, of Orange City; and Peggy Bursch, of Buffalo, Minnesota; his mother-in-law, Nora Ranschau, of Rock Rapids; many nephews and nieces; and his “grandpuppy”, Tess.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Carl Ranschau; and his grandparents, Gerk and Kathryn Heidebrink and Frank and Albina Miller.
GERALD J. HUISMAN
Mr. Gerald Huisman, age 69, of Hospers, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, March 21, at 1:30pm, at the Newkirk Reformed Church, rural Hospers. The Rev. Dennis Hietbrink will officiate. Interment will follow at the Newkirk Cemetery. Visitation will be after 6:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.
Gerald Jacob was born on November 7, 1937, in Hudson, South Dakota, the son of Herbert M. and Kate (Van Rooyen) Huisman. He was raised in the Rock Valley and Lebanon areas.
On March 6, 1958, he married Greta May Koldenhoven in Orange City. They first made their home at Rock Valley. From 1960 to 1964, he served in the United States Air Force at the beginning of the Vietnam Conflict. After his discharge, they returned to Rock Valley and also farmed at Newkirk, Iowa. They then moved to Newkirk, Oklahoma, where he was a truck driver. He was also a motel manager in Oklahoma, Texas, and Minnesota. In 2002, they moved to Hospers, where he was employed at the Farm Service Shop and at Aalbers and Niichel Excavating and Trucking in Alton.
“Jerry” was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church, where he served as assistant Sunday school superintendent, attended the men's brotherhood, and belonged to the pastoral search committee. He enjoyed woodworking and working on mechanical things, especially engines.
Survivors include his wife of more than 49 years; three children, Ashley Huisman, of Stewartville, Minnesota; Bradley Huisman, and his wife, Linda, of Caney, Kansas; and Sara, and her husband, the Rev. Erik Ederma, of Middletown, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Joshua and Makenzie Huisman and Micah and Jonah Ederma; three step-grandchildren, Brandon, Jennifer, and Rachel Thompson; two step-great-grandchildren, Canaan and Bradon; four sisters, Edith, and her husband, David Kuiken, of Maurice; Janet, and her husband, Donald De Groot, of Hull; Harriet Kleinhesselink, of Orange City; and Wilma, and her husband, Stanley De Boom, of Sioux Center; and a sister-in-law, Gertrude Huisman, of Rock Valley.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Matthew Huisman; a sister and her husband, Mina and Sam Renes; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Kleinhesselink.
Mrs. Mary Huisman, age 53, of Boyden, was called by Jesus to be with him at home in heaven on Friday, May 18, at her residence.
There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, May 22, at 2:00pm, at the United Presbyterian Church in Boyden. The Rev. James Burnette will officiate. Visitation with the family will be the half hour before the service on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
Mary was born on February 1, 1954, in Sheldon, the daughter of William and Barbara (Johannes) Seivert. She was raised on a farm near Ashton. She attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Ashton and graduated from the Sheldon High School.
On June 9, 1972, she married Terry Huisman at the Parkview Assembly of God in Sheldon. They made their home in Sheldon until 2005, when they moved to Boyden.
Her first employment was as a waitress at Smily's in Ashton. As an adult, she had many community service positions, including being a pre-school teacher's aide, a hostess at the Crown Fork in Sheldon, and a 911 dispatcher for the City of Sheldon. She was also an owner and operator of Huisman Aquatics in Sheldon. Currently, she was a corrections officer at the Sioux County Sheriff's Office in Orange City.
Mary spent her life devoted to the service of her Savior, Jesus the Christ. She was active in her church, where she taught a Sunday school class and volunteered wherever else she could be used. She was also involved in the community, especially with those in need. She had participated in the girl scouts and the teen scene, as well as at the high school as a chaperone.
Mary enjoyed raising her children, playing with her grandchildren, playing cards and board games, especially Zuma, baking cookies, raising plants, and spending time with her sister, Anita. Her favorite job was being a full-time mother, and she was proud of her three wonderful, productive children.
Survivors include her husband of almost 35 years, Terry; a son and his wife, Benjamin and Katie Huisman, of Eaton Rapids, Michigan; two daughters and their husbands, Angela and Eric Burnette, of Hartley; and Melissa and Chad Adams, of Castle Rock, Colorado; eight grandchildren, Greg, Rachel, and Megan Huisman; Gretchen, Emily, and Jonathan Burnette; and Corbin and Caleb Adams; her mother, Barbara Seivert, of Ashton; two sisters and their husbands, Anita and E. J. Poss, of Omaha, Nebraska; and Janet and Kent Lohrenz, of Sheldon; a brother and his wife, Daryl and Dana Seivert, of Newell; a sister-in-law, Monica Seivert, of Sheldon; her husband's parents, Don and Lynda Huisman, of Sheldon; and her husband's two sisters, Jan Huisman, of Coconut Creek, Florida; and Jeri, and her husband, Mark Postma, of Sheldon.
She was preceded in death by her father, “Willie” Seivert, and a brother, Dennis Seivert.
The family requests that all memorials be directed to Operation Serve International (c/o the family), an organization that provides medicines, food, clothing, etc., to the poor and homeless in foreign countries. In the near future, a missions trip to Mexico City, Mexico, will be taken in honor of Mary.
DICK TE BRINK
Mr. Dick Te Brink, age 86, of Alton, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2010, at the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen.
There will be a funeral service on Friday, January 15, at 10:00am, at the Alton Reformed Church. The Rev. Michael Hardeman and the Rev. Elizabeth Hardeman will officiate. Interment will follow at the Nassau Township Cemetery, near Alton.
Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the CHURCH. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Dick was born on April 20, 1923, in Orange City, the son of Bert and Jennie (Vink) Te Brink. He was raised at Orange City, where he graduated from the Christian School. He then worked for several farmers in the Orange City area.
In 1943, he joined the United States Army and was sent over the English Channel three days after D-Day. He fought through France and was wounded on the banks of the Rhine River.
On July 31, 1945, while home on furlough, Mr. Te Brink married Lois Lucille De Boer in Alton. After being discharged from the military later that year, he hauled cream for the Orange City Creamery.
In February of 1948, they moved to the De Boer family farm, near Alton, where he farmed for many years. After being injured in an accident in 1971, he purchased Freriks Trucking in Alton. He then hauled cattle and hogs until retirement.
In October of 2007, Dick became a resident of Happy Siesta.
He was a member of the Alton Reformed Church and the Floyd American Legion Post in Alton. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and traveling.
Survivors include his wife of more than 64 years; seven children and their spouses, Lloyd and Emalee Te Brink, of Alton; Leah and John Krohn, of Winterset; Elizabeth and John Roberts, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ruth and David Katt, of Denver, Colorado; Dawn and Kim Wieking, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Paul and Starla Te Brink, of Alton; and Todd and Kathy Te Brink, of St. Charles, Missouri; twenty grandchildren, Sarah (Jason Hendel) Te Brink, Katie (Luke) Horkey, Tim (Kristen) Te Brink, Christopher (Carrie) Krohn, Jennifer Kirby, Nathan (Christine) Krohn, Amy (Dave) Daniels, Johanna (Hector) Uribe, Jeremy (Heather) Katt, Jason (Heather) Katt, Jaci (Dan) Johnson, Jenon Katt, Bret Wieking, Blake (Carrie) Wieking, Bryant Wieking, Bradon Wieking, Tana Te Brink, Austin Te Brink, Tyler Te Brink, and Kelsey Te Brink; eleven great-grandchildren; a sister, Amy Van Engen, of Orange City, a brother Alfred (Jean) Te Brink, of Denver; and three sisters-in-law, Joyce (Nick) Hulst, of Orange City, Dorothy Furda, of Dubuque, and Marilynn (Jason) Loving, of Battle Creek, Michigan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Nettie Mars, Dorothy Jacobsma, and Bernice Mellema; and a brother, John Te Brink.
Memorials may be directed to the church for new audio/video equipment.