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Date: Thursday, 28 April 2016, at 9:12 a.m.


Mrs. Pleunia Buntsma, age 90, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, December 4, at 9:00am, at the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Pleunia Pietertje was born on August 6, 1919, in Sassenheim, The Netherlands, the youngest of nine children of Karel and Mietje (Vis) Drost. She was raised in The Netherlands, where she attended secondary school.

In the 1940s, she married Willem Buntsma in Sassenheim. In 1954, they immigrated to Canada, settling in the Toronto, Ontario, area. They moved to Boone, Iowa, in 1961, and in 2006, she moved to Orange City. She became a resident of the Pioneer Home in 2007.

For about 25 years, Mrs. Buntsma was a nurse's aide at the Woodward, Iowa, State Hospital-School. She also did housekeeping in private homes in Boone and Ames, Iowa.

She was a member of the Assembly of God in Boone and was affiliated with the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City.

Pleunia enjoyed reading, gardening, knitting, and other handwork.

Survivors include her three children, John Buntsma, and his wife, Cheryl, of Orange City; Charlie Buntsma, of Dixon, Missouri, and his wife, Millie, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Irene Koppang, and her husband, Jerry LaFlex, of Bloomington, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Katherine (Stephen) Ash, Katie Buntsma, Trina (David) Morrison, and Jonna (Adam) Keim; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the Pioneer Memorial Home.


Worth Richard “Dick” Deets, age 73, of Orange City, Iowa, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Monday, December 7, 2009.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, December 12, at 10:30am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Keith Krebs will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Dick was born in Winterset, Iowa on June 18, 1936, to Worth H. and Mildred (Young) Deets, who farmed 160 acres outside of town. They moved to Earlham, Iowa, and later to Des Moines, Iowa where he graduated from North High School. He was a member of the Iowa Air National Guard between 1954 and 1962, serving as a Pharmacy Specialist. Dick attended Drake University in Des Moines, and graduated in 1959 with a degree in Pharmacy. While at Drake, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, where his fraternity brother introduced him to his future wife, Ellene Guse.

They were married on August 29, 1959, and moved to Orange City, Iowa, in 1961. Shortly after moving to Orange City, they purchased the Village Drug. Many will remember Dick as the pharmacist there for over thirty years. After selling the store in the mid 1990's, Dick spent the next thirteen years working at Family Pharmacy in LeMars, Iowa, as well as Valley Pharmacy and Pember Drug in Rock Valley, Iowa. In 2003, Dick was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. He moved to the Happy Siesta Nursing Home in Remsen, Iowa, on December 29, 2008. On December 2, 2009, he returned to his home in Orange City.

Dick was a member of the American Reformed Church, serving as Building Fund Treasurer, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon and Elder. One of Dick's special gifts was ministering to those in need. He delivered church bulletins to shut-ins, offering prayer and a listening ear. He was a faithful Chancel Choir member for over three decades.

He served the citizens of Orange City as a member of the Chamber of Commerce for over 45 years. He was also a charter member of the Jaycees, where one of the biggest tasks he undertook was the county-wide polio clinic. He was honored as the Jaycee of the month for January, 1968. He was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for 22 years, the last 19 years as Vice-Chairman. He belonged to the Northwestern College Booster Club. He enjoyed golfing and was a member at the Landsmeer Golf Club. Dick loved to sing and for a number of years, he sang bass in Meester Zangkoor, a Master of Song Chorus.

As a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Iowa Pharmacist Association, Dick served on various committees and was a member of the House of Delegates. He represented the Iowa Pharmacist Association at many national conventions. For two terms he also served on the Board of Trustees.

In the 1990's his journey of faith lead him to attend Promise Keepers for several years. As a result of this experience, a number of men from the American Reformed Church started a Thursday night prayer group that he attended faithfully.

Dick loved spending time with his family and celebrated fifty years of marriage on August 29 of this year. He also enjoyed playing golf, bowling, photography, and fixing almost anything around the house and at his rental properties. Some might remember that Dick earned his pilot's license and loved flying.

Grateful to have shared Dick's life are his wife, Ellene; his brother, William (Jackie) Deets of Perry, Iowa; his five daughters, Pam Deets of North Sioux City, South Dakota; Jennifer (Brian) Steele of Vermillion, South Dakota; Valerie (David) Pace of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Erica (Robert) McAlpine of Hull, Iowa; and Belinda Deets (Shane Jones) of Westfield, Iowa. He will also be missed by his ten grandchildren, Ryan and Eddie Deets, Tyler and Aaron Steele, Rachel and Sarah Pace, Whitney, Kyle and Austin McAlpine, and Noah Jones.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Worth and Mildred Deets, and many special aunts and uncles.

The family wishes to thank Conrad Harthoorn, Jay DeJong, and Robin Miskimins for many acts of kindness, the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice for their loving care, and the Memory Loss Support Group.

Memorials may be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice, the Senior Companion program, or the special music fund at the American Reformed Church.


Mrs. Kathryn Doornink, age 78, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2009, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City. There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, December 29, at 1:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. The Rev. Keith Krebs will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Monday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.

Kathryn Ann was born on August 27, 1931, in Iowa City, the daughter of Ralph and Ruth (Paulsen) Freyder. She was raised in Iowa City, where she graduated from the University of Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. There she was a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority and the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

On December 20, 1952, she married James Dennis Doornink in Iowa City. For short periods, they lived in Orange City, and then in Seattle, Washington, and Yuma, Arizona, while he was in the military. In 1956, they settled on the Doornink family farm north of Orange City, and in 1965, they moved into Orange City.

In 1967, Mr. and Mrs. Doornink worked together as Doornink Insurance. In 1969, she became employed at the House of Orange, a women's clothing store, and in 1972, they purchased The Basket Shop, all in Orange City. From 1987 to 1993, she enjoyed working at Hardees in Orange City.

In 2004, “Kay” became a resident of the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen, and in July of 2007, she transferred to the Heritage House.

When she was raising her children, she taught Sunday school classes and directed Christmas programs at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. Later, she served on the board of directors of the Maurice-OrangeCity High School Pride of the Dutchmen Band, helping raise funds for uniforms and trips. She also helped organize Girl Scout and Cub and Boy Scout troops.

Mrs. Doornink served on the first board of directors of the Sioux County Historical Society and she was an officer of the Orange City Women's Club, helping to start the Sioux County Concert Series. She was also active in the Orange City Tulip Festival. She enjoyed spending time with her family, including several summers at Lake Okoboji, traveling, flower gardening, decorating her home, making crafts, and playing the piano.

Survivors include her husband of just over 57 years, Jim; three daughters, Sue (Rod) Postma, of Sheldon; Ann Van Otterloo, of Rochester, Minnesota; and Linda (Terry) Mulder, of Maurice; a son, Bill Doornink, of Spirit Lake; twelve grandchildren, Andrea Vollink, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Lori Vollink, of Sheldon; Natalie (Trevor) Seibold, of Ames; Todd (Ali) Van Otterloo, of Algona; Tim Van Otterloo, of Ames; Emily Van Otterloo, of Pomeroy; Cody Mulder and Megan (Pat) De Boer, all of Orange City; Tyler Mulder, of Cedar Falls; Kim Zeutenhorst, of Iowa City; and Caleb Mulder and Alex Mulder, both of Maurice; and two great-grandchildren, Casey and Taylor Van Otterloo.

Memorials may be directed to the Orange City Arts Council.

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