WILFRED J. MEYER
Mr. Wilfred Meyer, age 75, of Hull, passed away on Friday, March 5, 2010, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital.
There will be a funeral service on Monday, March 8, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Verlyn Boone will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. Visitation will be after 3:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
Wilfred John was born on June 22, 1934, at Boyden, the son of John E. and Emma (Reyelts) Meyer. He was raised on a farm north of Boyden, where he attended St. John's Lutheran Elementary School. He was baptized and later confirmed on March 21, 1948, both at St. John's Lutheran Church.
On March 14, 1956, he married Carol Joan De Wild in Hull. He then served in the United States Army. In 1958, they began farming south of Hull, which he thoroughly enjoyed. They moved into Hull in 1989, but he continued being on the farm every day.
Mr. Meyer was a member of the First Reformed Church, where he served on the consistory. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Cooperative Gas and Oil in Hull.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially watching his grandchildren's sports and fair activities. He also liked woodworking and fishing, and Carol and Willie enjoyed traveling together.
Survivors include his wife of almost 54 years; a daughter and her husband, LaDonna and Mark Rodvold, of Watertown, South Dakota; a son and his wife, Loren and Starla Meyer, of Hull; two grandsons, Joey and Paul Meyer; three sisters and their husbands, Laura and Clarence Postma, of Orange City; Carolyn and Roger Drenth, of Sheldon; and Lois and James Lokhorst, of Sioux City.; two sisters-in-law, Maggie Meyer Doorenbos and Ileen Meyer; and a brother-in-law, Harvey Klein.
In addition to his parents and his wife's parents, John and Jeanette De Wild, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Rudolph and Marvin Meyer; four sisters, Elva Mooney, Marion Meyer, Pauline Klein, and Augusta Meyer, in infancy; and three brothers-in-law, Al Mooney, Ed Meyer, and Gene Van Wyk.
KENNETH W. MOUW
Mr. Kenneth Mouw, age 79, of Alton, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, January 23, at 2:00pm, 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 Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Kenneth Wayne was born on July 6, 1930, in Sheldon, the son of Harry and Jennie (Spoelstra) Mouw. He was raised mostly in Sheldon.
On August 1, 1951, he married Betty Darlene Vande Brake in Orange City. He then served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After the war, they settled in Alton. Betty passed away on July 20, 1965, in Le Mars.
On February 14, 1967, he married Geraldine Julia Roghair in Alton. They continued to live in Alton, where he was a truck driver for the Alton Rendering Works, which was later purchased by Darling International. After retiring in November of 1998, he worked part-time for the City of Alton.
Mr. Mouw was a member of the Alton Reformed Church, where he served as an usher, greeter, and coffee server. He had a talent of being able to fix almost anything.
Ken loved his Lord and practiced his faith. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of almost 43 years, “Geri”; six children, Randall Mouw, of Rock Valley; Douglas Mouw, of Orange City; Debra, and her husband, Mark Rensink, of Sioux Center; David Mouw, and his wife, Cara, of Underwood; Daniel Mouw, and his wife Erin, of Council Bluffs; and Donna Mouw, and her fiance', Robert Woodrow, of Le Mars; eight grandchildren, Laura, and her husband, Michael Vander Stelt; Joshua Rensink, Micah Rensink, Sara Mouw, Samantha Mouw, Adam Mouw, Benjamin Mouw, and Matthew Mouw; a sister and her husband, Georgia and Carl Andela, of Grandview, Missouri; and a sister-in-law, Alberta Mouw, of Monroe.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Terry Mouw; two grandchildren, Brent Rensink and Caitlin Mouw; four brothers, Gerrit, Gysbertus, Warren, and Johnnie (as a child) Mouw; and five sisters, Lillian Kenoyer, Janet Hall, Dorothy Hartley, Evelyn Mersch, and Harriet Funk.
Memorials may be given to the family, to be directed to pancreatic cancer research.
O. DONALD NELSON
Mr. Donald Nelson, age 83, of Hospers, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, January 2, at 2:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Hospers. The Rev. Dr. Brian Janssen will officiate. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, at 1:30pm, at the Hospers Cemetery. Visitation will be on THURSDAY, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.
Orville Donald was born on June 28, 1926, in Hospers, the son of Francis and Nellie (Van Meeveren) Nelson. He was raised at Hospers, where he graduated from high school.
Don served in the United States Army during World War II. He lived his entire life at Hospers, working as a self-employed painter for fifty years.
Mr. Nelson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and participated in an adult Bible study. He also belonged to the Gideons. He had a faith that he never hesitated to express.
He was an avid fisherman, especially in rivers, and he traveled as far as Canada to pursue his sport. He had many friends and everyone in the area knew him.
Survivors include his sister, Marie Stangeland, of Archer; a brother and his wife, Evan “Kirby” and Ginger Nelson, of Rogers, Arkansas; eight nephews and nieces, many grand nephews and nieces; and a special friend, Jolene Hofmeyer, of Hospers, and her family.
He was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Veril and Marjorie Nelson.
Memorials may be directed to the Gideons or the church.
Mrs. Willemina Pals, age 96, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2010, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.
There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, January 5, at 10:30am, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. David Heilman will officiate. Interment will be on Tuesday, at 1:00pm, at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. Visitation with the family present will be the hour before the service on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Willemina was born on December 1, 1913, on a farm in rural Hull, the daughter of Peter and Minnie (Vander Kooi) Visser. She attended a one room country school at Middleburg. When her father died prematurely of scarlet fever in 1930, she moved into Hull with her mother, younger brother, John, and sister, Josephine.
She pursued various types of employment to help support the family. Ironing clothes for other families was her first job. Working at the Bee Hive, a general store in Hull, was one position she truly enjoyed. She often shared stories of the people of Hull, as they related to retail sales. She also spent several years at the Family Clothiers store, when it opened on Main Street in Hull in the early 1950s.
On July 9, 1937, “Mina” married William Pals in Hull. They made their home in Hull until 1961, when they moved to Sibley. There they purchased and were the administrators of the Sibley Motel until 1974. Then they moved to Orange City, where she worked at De Vries Drapery. “Bill” passed away on February 9, 1976, in Iowa City.
Later, she was very active in the Dinner Date, a senior citizen program in Orange City. In October of 2008, she became a resident of the Heritage House.
For 35 years, Mrs. Pals was a member of the Calvary Christian Reformed Church, where she was active in the Harmony Circle. She will be remembered for her crocheting, quilting, and sewing.
Survivors include her two sons and their wives, Arnold and Joan Pals, D.V.M., of Spring Lake, Michigan; and Peter and Helen Pals, D.D.S., of Orange City; five grandchildren, Carol (Martin) Stewart, Bill (Stephanie) Pals, Sarah (Blake) Born, Robin (Doug) Rylaarsdam, and Kay (Jeff) Joiner; eight great-grandchildren, a Native American foster daughter, Joan Pletcher, of Phoenix, Arizona; a brother, John W. Visser, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a sister-in-law, Irene Monsma, of Silver Springs, Maryland.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Josephine Vogelzang.
Memorials may be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.