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Memorial Funeral Home
12 Sixteenth Street SE Sioux Center IA 51250
Phone: 712-722-0791
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Alys Feikema Jacobsma
Alys Feikema Jacobsma, 101, formerly of Doon, IA, died Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.
A visitation with the family present will be held on Saturday from 1:30-2:30PM at the Doon United Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2:30PM at the Doon United Reformed Church of Doon with Rev. Simon Lievaart officiating. Interment will follow the service in Hillside Cemetery of Doon.
The Jacobsma family prefer memorials be directed to the Doon United Reformed Church, Doon Christian School or The Bible League.
Complete obituary at
Alys Feikema Jacobsma was born July 7, 1913 in Munster, Lake County, Indiana, the youngest daughter of Andrew and Caroline (Kortenhoeven) Feikema. In 1919, at the age of 6, Alys moved to NW Iowa with her family. Alys lived in the Doon area most of her life. She attended the Doon Christian School and graduated from the 8th grade in 1927.
Much of her young adult life was spent on a farm a few miles north and east of Doon with her widowed mother and two brothers, Frank and Andrew. When a house was built in Doon in the 1950s, Alys and her mother moved into town. Alys was the primary caregiver for her aging mother until her mother died in 1961.
With her business partner, Alice Ray, Alys owned and operated the Doon Drugs and Sundries store in Doon. She was active as a member and officer in the NW Iowa organization of The World Home Bible League and also enjoyed assisting for many years with the Lyon County Election Board.
Many a summer was spent camping in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Canada with siblings, nieces and nephews. Alys enjoyed crafts such as sewing, crocheting, and knitting, but also spent a good deal of time in her garden. There was a time when Alys took up winemaking and she and her nieces walked the streets of Doon gathering dandelions for the brew.
On February 5, 1963, Alys Feikema and Henry Jacobsma were married in the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne, Minnesota. Alys gave up her business and became a homemaker and part time farmer. Until Henry retired from farming his land near Boyden, Henry and Alys split their time between the farm and the house in Doon. Henry died on September 26, 1980.
Alys continued to live in her home in Doon and welcomed family and friends to what became known as ‘The Do Drop Inn’. In July of 2001, Alys moved to the extended care facility in Sheldon, Iowa.
Alys is survived by many nieces and nephews. Alys was preceded in death by her Husband; her parents; by her five brothers and their spouses, Frank (Elizabeth), Peter (Kathryn), Nick (Gertrude), Case (Martha) and Andrew (Coba), by her four sisters and their spouses, Cornelia (Ed Van Til), Kathryn (Stuart De Jong), Johanna (Walter De Jong) and Clara Feikema; a step-son, Dave Jacobsma and four of her nieces and nephews.
Alys’ extended family (nieces and nephews) thank you for your attendance and for remembering Alys all these many years as she resided at the Sheldon Senior Care facilities.
Irene Van Roekel
Irene Van Roekel, 92, of Sioux Center, IA, died Monday, January 19, 2015, at Sioux Center Health.
A visitation with the family present will be held on Saturday from 9:30-10:30AM at First Reformed Church of Sioux Center.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10:30AM at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. Travis Else officiating. Interment will follow the service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
The Van Roekel family requests no flowers and prefers memorials to Haitian Missions c/o First Reformed Church of Sioux Center.
Complete obituary at
Irene Leona (Punt) Van Roekel was born March 2, 1922 to Arie and Winnie Punt near Sioux Center, Iowa. She attended country school and Sioux Center High school.
On May 1, 1941, Irene was joined in marriage to Gerrit G.A. Van Roekel in Sioux Center. The couple lived in California and Michigan before settling in Sioux Center in 1953. Irene and Gerrit were blessed with two children, Judy and Dean. The couple farmed and owned the A & W Drive-in for a period of time in Sioux Center and Inwood, Iowa. Gerrit preceded Irene in death on May 6, 1974.
Irene was a lifelong member of First Reformed Church of Sioux Center. She was involved in various women’s Bible studies over the years.
Irene was active throughout her retirement years. She enjoyed traveling both foreign and domestic. Irene loved people and enjoyed spending time playing cards, baking and sharing a meal with others. Her greatest joy was her family and she delighted in the times that they would visit.
She is survived by her two children and their spouses, Judy and John Vande Vegte of Rock Valley, Dean and Paula Van Roekel of Sioux City; four grandchildren and their spouses: Eric and Tricia Van Roekel of North Liberty, IA; Kirk and Amy Van Roekel of Littleton, CO; Henry and Kathy Vande Vegte of Rock Valley; Sharron and Aaron Nelson of Sioux City, 15 great grandchildren: Amy (Adam) Van Schepen, Alissa (Nick) Snuttjer, Austin (Ashley) Vande Vegte, Andrew Vande Vegte, Ashlyn Vande Vegte, Courtney Nelson, Rachel Nelson, Ryley Doenhofer, Payton, Doenhofer, Raymond Nelson, Jayden Nelson, Hannah Van Roekel, Joshua Van Roekel, Emma Van Roekel and Jackson Van Roekel; 6 great great grandchildren; a sister, Johanna Watkins of Grinnell, IA; brother-in-law, Rev. Alvin Poppen of New York and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents; and a sister, Geraldine Poppen.
Ray Wierda
Ray Wierda, 89, of Sheldon, IA, formerly of Sioux Center, IA, died Friday, January 16, 2015, at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.
A memorial service will be held on Monday at 2:30PM at Central Reformed Church with Rev. Van Rathbun officiating. Interment will be held prior to the memorial service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
The Wierda family prefers memorials to Sanford Home Health and Hospice of Sheldon.
Reynold “Ray” Wierda was born April 1st, 1925, to Martin and Rena (Faber) Wierda in Sioux Center. He attended grade school in Sioux Center until he contracted Sydenham’s chorea and was bed-ridden for three years. He resumed his studies but quit school after the 8th grade and went to work in the painting business with his dad. When he was 15 he secured a job unloading chocolate at the Palmer Candy Company in Sioux City, Iowa. He roomed briefly at his brother’s house, George and Iona Bakker, and then moved into a rooming house on 26th and Pierce. At 16 he worked for the Metz Baking Company. A year later he caught a ride with his parents who went to visit his sister Henrietta in San Diego California. He remained there during the war (WWII), working at the Douglas Aircraft Factory in Long Beach moving airplane wing sections from warehouses to the assembly line. After the war, he was laid off, so he rode back home to Sioux Center with his uncle Dick Doornink, who was also working at Douglas at that time, and went back to the painting and wallpapering business. About this time he met Peggy Hughes from Ireton on a blind date and they were wed on July 2, 1948 and the couple raised four children. In 1963 the family moved to the old Wilbur Miersma farm 3.5 miles north of Sioux Center on Highway 75. The kids have many fond memories of working, playing and growing up on the farm which prompted Ray to often comment that it was “one of the best things he and mom ever did” for his family.
After his father retired, Ray and his brothers Tom and Marv took over the Wierda Painting and Decorating business, a career he worked at until his retirement at age 72. Ray and Peg then spent the next 12 years enjoying their trailer home and friends in the Conquistador Mobile home court in Mesa, Arizona. In 2014 the couple returned to Iowa and moved into the Fieldcrest Assisted Living Center in Sheldon. In earlier days, Ray enjoyed card games in the back of Doc’s Café, daylong car trips with family, visiting with his brothers and sisters and fishing at local sandpits. In retirement, he could be found in the trailer court clubhouse playing cards and shooting the breeze with people. Ray also had a life-long interest in interior decorating, visiting model homes in new developments whenever he had a chance or could get one of his kids to take him. Dad loved Peg and his family and was always there for his children through all their ups and downs.
Ray is survived by his four children: Daniel Wierda and his wife, Mary of New Palestine, IN; Valery Conley of Sioux Center; Bradley Wierda of Rogers, AK; and Renae Macy and her husband, Michael of Rapid City, SD. Ray’s grandchildren and great grandchildren include: Brittany (Andrew) Bennett, Lauren (Jon) Magin and children: Kylie and Kyndall; Arielle Wierda, Luke Wierda, Zachary (Catrena) Macy and their children: Xander and Byshop; and Bryce Macy. Ray is survived by his wife of 66 years, Peggy Wierda of Sheldon and his sister, Myrtle (Clarence) Kiel of Orange City and many nieces and nephews. Also left to remember him are sister-in-laws: Pauline Schaller of Mesa, AZ, Nancy Jordan of Farmington, MN, Myrna (Marlin) Westra of Sioux Falls, Sally (Lowell) Caulkins of Sioux Falls, Frieda Wierda of Sioux Center, Lucille Wierda of Orange City and brothers-in-law: Jon Hughes of Winner, SD and Michael Hughes of Sioux Falls.
Donald Punt
Don Punt, 84, of Sioux Center, IA, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Royale Meadows Care Center, Sioux Center.
A visitation will be held on Sunday from 3-8PM, with the family present from 3-5PM at New Life Reformed Church of Sioux Center.
A prayer service for family and friends will be held on Monday at 10:00AM at the New Life Reformed Church of Sioux Center. Interment will follow the prayer service in Memory Gardens of Sioux Center.
A memorial service will be held on Monday at 11:00AM at the New Life Reformed Church with Rev. Dan Kruse officiating.
In lieu of flowers or gift items the Punt family prefers memorials to Sioux Center Home Health and Hospice
Donald H. Punt was born on July 3, 1930, to Henry and Wilhelmina (Vande Berg) Punt. He received education through the 8th grade at Center No. 6 country school.
Donald married Alvina Vande Kamp on November 23, 1951. Together they farmed the Punt Homestead from 1951-1984. Their specialty was the dairy business. Donald and Alvina put up one of the first modern milk parlors in the area. Donald did various other jobs from 1984-2014 including dicing potatoes for Alvina’s famous potato salad, each job always received his best efforts.
In 2014, Donald and Alvina made their residence at Crown Pointe. They were members of New Life Reformed Church of Sioux Center, IA. Don’s priorities in life were his faith and his family.
Left to cherish Don’s memory are: his wife, Alvina of Sioux Center; their six children and their spouses: Glenda and Peter Nieuwkoop of Sioux City, Dave and Elinor Punt of Sioux Center, Darryl and Linda Punt of Noblesville, IN, Loren and Barb Punt of Sioux Center, Alicia and Tom Beaver of Sioux Center and Leon and Teresa Punt of Tucson, AZ; thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; his siblings: Lloyd and Gracia Punt of Pipestone, MN, Leroy and Joan Punt of Maurice, IA, Dorothy and Curtis Van Briesen of Sioux Center; sister-in-law, Arlene Bidwell of Sioux Center; brother-in-law, Lawrence and Shirley Groen of Sioux Center and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Wilhelmina Punt; his siblings, Ralph Punt, Henry Punt, and Audrey Groen; and a granddaughter, Karli Punt.

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