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Memorial Funeral Home
12 Sixteenth Street SE Sioux Center IA 51250
Phone: 712-722-0791
Email: memorial@mtcnet.net
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Ruth Van Engen
Ruth Van Engen, 89, of Sioux Center, IA died Sunday, August 24, 2014, at Royale Meadows Care Center of Sioux Center.
 
A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 5-7PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
 
A prayer service for family and friends will be held on Friday at 10:00AM at the Faith Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center. Interment will follow the prayer service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
 
A memorial service will be held on Friday at 11:00AM at the Faith Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Van Rathbun officiating.
 
The Van Engen family prefers memorials to the Sioux Center Veterans Memorial Project c/o Sioux Center Veterans Foundation.
 
Ruth Van Engen passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Royale Meadows Care Center, Sioux Center, Iowa at the age of eighty nine years, four months, and nineteen days.
 
Ruth was born on April 5, 1925 in Doon, Iowa to John and Kate (Van Surksum) Oostra. Ruth’s early employment included helping area families with housekeeping, childcare and assisting on the family farm. On February 11, 1948, she was united in marriage to Gerrit Van Engen of Sioux Center, Iowa.
 
In later years she touched the lives of many through her in-home daycare for numerous families, serving over 40 children in the Sioux Center area. Her gentle and caring spirit allowed her to be a mentor to many young children, affectionately being known as “Auntie Ruth” or “Grandma Ruth.”
 
Ruth was a member of Central Reformed Church and served on the afternoon circle. She was a part of the Dinner Date while residing at the New Homestead. Ruth’s spare time was spent doing gardening, embroidery, puzzles, and other crafts, and keeping up with the sport teams of her grandchildren and college basketball.
 
Ruth and Gerrit’s marriage was blessed with six children, eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren: Linda and Marlyn Zeutenhorst their two children and families, Gary and Kim Zeutenhorst (Ellie, Janae, Kendra, Jarrett), Becky and Tim Dykshorn (Hannah, Charlie, Luke) all of Sioux Center; John (deceased); John and Kae Van Engen of Sioux Center, their two children and families: Katie and Dr. Brian Vander Ley (Gerrit, Gavin, Johanna) of Columbia, MO, Merribeth and Lucas De Groot (Olivia, Nora, Violet) of Oskaloosa, IA; Arlin (deceased); Dr. Alvin and Sue Kelly-Van Engen of Sioux Center, their two sons: Nicholas of Ames, IA, Matthew of Sioux Center; Laura and Phil Van Roekel of Ankeny, IA, their two sons: Ben of Austin, TX, and Jacob of Roanoke, VA.
 
Ruth is also survived by five siblings: Mary Grooters of Hull, Jake Oostra of Rock Valley, Bill Oostra of Winneconne, WI, Andrew Oostra of Rock Valley, and Robert Oostra of Hull and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband; two infant sons; parents and eight siblings.
 
Ruth was known by her family as a prayer warrior, who was constant in her faith and encouraging in her words. The best memories were around the Sunday dinner table where mom served, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and Boston Crème Pie. Her influence will always be cherished.
 
 
Gladys Verrips
Gladys Verrips, 95, of Sioux Center, IA died Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.
 
A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11AM at Central Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. R. Van Rathbun officiating. Interment will follow the service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
 
Visitation with the family present will be held on Saturday, August 30th prior to the service from 10-11AM at Central Reformed Church of Sioux Center.
 
Arrangements entrusted to the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
 
Gladys Verrips was born July 10, 1919 to Theodore and Johanna (Heusinkveld) Abma in Springfield, South Dakota. Her family later moved to Sioux Center, Iowa.
 
In 1945, Gladys married Gary Verrips in Sioux Center. The couple lived in Sioux Center until 1955, at which time they purchased a resort on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor in northern Minnesota. They owned Verrips Resort for 22 years until 1977 when they sold the resort and retired. The couple returned to Sioux Center before becoming residents of the Rock Rapids Health Centre.
 
She worked at a variety jobs during her life including Central Cafe, Wandscheer Mfg. and Sam’s Variety in Sioux Center, several jobs in Sioux City, Riverside, California and at Verrips Resort until her retirement.
 
Gladys loved to garden, knit, couchette, do picture puzzles, crosswords and play solitaire. She enjoyed playing piano and organ. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She cherished time with all her family, relatives and friends. She also loved to cook, always preparing and serving delicious food.
 
Gladys was a member of Central Reformed Church until she moved to Minnesota. There she joined the United Methodist Church and later First Reformed Church in Boyden.
 
Gladys is survived by two sons: Donald Verrips of Walton, Kentucky and Stanley Verrips and his wife, Sylvia of Boise, Idaho; two grandchildren: Jesse Verrips and his wife, Casandra of Boise, Idaho and Lael Verrips of Sioux City, Iowa; five great-grandchildren: Richard, Laney, Henry, Thomas and Blake and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; and two sisters and brother-in-laws: Josephine and Gradus Verrips and Harriet and Chester Sitter.
 
 
Moises Romero
Moises Romero, 57, of Sioux Center, IA died unexpectedly Saturday, August 23, 2014 from injuries sustained in a work related accident.
 
A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
 
A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 7:00PM at Christ the King Catholic Church of Sioux Center with Fr. Douglas Klein officiating.
 
Moises Nava Romero was born on September 13, 1956 in Montescobedo, Zacatecaz, Mexico to Epifanio Romero and Delfina Nava. Moises was raised in Jalisco, Mexico. He married Luz Elena Sanchez in December of 1979 in Colotlan, Jalisco, Mexico. Following their marriage Moises lived and worked in California for several years returning to visit Luz and his daughters until they were able to live with him in the United States. In July of 1998, the family settled in Sioux Center, Iowa where Moises was employed at SiouxPreme Pork and later Center Fresh Egg. This year Moises established his own business, Brothers Tree Service, utilizing his 25 years of experience pruning and falling trees.
 
Moises made friends easily, and was known for his friendly personality and warm smile. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church of Sioux Center.
 
Moises is survived by his wife, Luz Romero of Sioux Center; three daughters: Susy (Noe) Diaz, Lucy (Marco) Maldonado and Gaby Romero all of Sioux Center; five grandchildren: Sinay Diaz, Jairo Diaz, Ahlya Diaz, Alex Maldonado, Max Maldonado; his mother, Delfina Nava of California; four brothers: Jaime Romero of California, Conrado Romero of Sioux Center, Ignacio Romero of Sibley, Jose Romero of Sioux Center; two sisters: Maria Romero and Alejandrina Romero both of Sioux Center.
 
Moises was preceded in death by his father, Epifanio Romero and a sister, Rosa Romero.
 
Moises Romero Nava nació el 13 de septiembre de 1956 en Montescobedo, Zacatecaz, México a Epifanio Romero y Delfina Nava. Moisés fue criado en Jalisco, México. Se casó con Luz Elena Sánchez en Diciembre de 1979 en Colotlán, Jalisco, México. Después de su matrimonio Moisés vivió y trabajó en California por varios años y regresaba a visitar a Luz y a sus hijas hasta que fueron capaces de vivir con él en los Estados Unidos. En julio de 1998, la familia se instaló en Sioux Center, Iowa Moises trabajo en SiouxPreme Packing y despues Center Fresh Egg. Este año Moisés estableció su propio negocio, Brothers Tree Service, utilizando sus 25 años de experiencia cortando arboles. Moisés hizo fácilmente amigos, y era conocido por su personalidad amable y cálida sonrisa. Él era un miembro de Cristo la Iglesia Católica Rey de Sioux Center.
 
Moisés le sobreviven su esposa, Luz Romero de Sioux Center; tres hijas: Susy (Noe) Diaz, Lucy (Marco) Maldonado y Gaby Romero todos de Sioux Center; cinco nietos: Sinay Diaz, Jairo Diaz, Ahlya Diaz, Alex Maldonado, Max Maldonado; Su madre, Delfina Nava de California; cuatro hermanos: Jaime Romero de California, Conrado Romero de Sioux Center, Ignacio Romero de Sibley, José Romero de Sioux Center; dos hermanas: María y Alejandrina Romero ambas de Sioux Center.
 
Moisés procede en muerte de su padre, Epifanio Romero y hermana, Rosa Romero.
 
 
Henrietta Van Der Weide
Henrietta Van Der Weide, 83, of Orange City, IA died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at her Orange City residence.
 
A visitation with the family present will be held prior to the service on Wednesday from 9:30-10:30AM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
 
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10:30AM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center. Interment will follow the funeral service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
 
Henrietta Van Der Weide was born Auigust 5, 1931 near Doon, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Dena (Brinkman) Van Veldhuizen.
 
She was united in marriage to Marvin Van Der Weide at Sioux Center, Iowa, on November 7, 1952. Following their marriage, the couple settled in Orange City, Iowa. Marvin preceded her in death on July 26, 1996.
 
Henrietta was a member of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation of Sioux Center. During her life she raised her two children and cared for the family’s home. She enjoyed reading, gardening and outings with her daughter.
 
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Van Der Weide of Orange City; a daughter-in-law, Annette Van Der Weide of Hanford, California and grandson: Jesse Van Der Weide of Hanford, California. Henrietta is also survived by four sisters: Greta Van Middendorp of Sheldon, Verna (Henry) Wallenburg of Ripon, California, Della (Marlo) Muth of Akron, Pearl Nielsen of Hull; three brothers: John (Garlene) Van Veldhuizen of Doon, Bernie (Sharon) Van Veldhuizen of Rock Valley, Lester (Harriet) Van Veldhuizen of Doon along with several nieces and nephews.
 
In addition to her husband, Henrietta was preceded in death by her her son, Bryan Dale Van Der Weide; an infant daughter, Wanda Mae Van Der Weide; her parents; an infant brother and infant twin sisters and two brothers-in-law: Cornie Van Middendorp and Arnold Sohl.
 
 
Wayne Dykshorn
Wayne Dykshorn, 72, of Sioux Center, IA died Friday, August 8, 2014, at his Sioux Center residence.
 
A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8, with the family present from 5-8PM at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center.
 
A prayer service for family and friends will be held on Thursday at 10:00AM at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center. Interment will follow the prayer service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
 
A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11:00AM at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. Travis Else officiating
 
The Dykshorn family prefers memorials to Village Northwest of Sheldon or Words of Hope Ministries.
 
Wayne Edward Dykshorn was born Nov. 6, 1941 to Edward and Margaret (Kuiken) Dykshorn at Sioux Center, lowa. He was raised near Ireton, lowa on a dairy farm. He attended country school at Center #6 through the 8th grade and graduated from high school in Sioux Center in 1959.
 
Following graduation he joined the US Navy and served aboard the destroyer, the Douglas H Fox from 1961-1963. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.
 
He married Jeanne Vande Berg on September 8, 1962; they made their home in Norfolk, Virginia while Wayne was stationed there. Following his honorable discharge, they returned to make their home on the Ireton farm and semi-retired to Sioux Center 5 years ago. Wayne loved the farm and dairy cattle. He still enjoying doing the windrowing and packing silage in the Fall. Together, Wayne and Jeanne raised five children: Alan, Lisa, Leah, Lynee and Paul.
 
He was a lifetime member of the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center and served as an elder and a deacon. He also served on the Hope Haven Board and was active in leadership in the dairy industry.
 
He enjoyed playing cards and board games and golfing with friends. Over the years, Wayne and Jeanne enjoyed many cruises with friends and especially enjoyed their trip to Israel in 2000.
 
Those left to remember him are his wife of 51 years, Jeanne; his five children and spouses: Alan and Barb Dykshorn of Sioux Center, Lisa and Michael Brunson of Charlotte, NC, Leah Dykshorn of Sheldon, Lynee Glover of Kansas City, MO and Paul and Stephanie Dykshorn of Ireton, IA; eleven grandchildren: David, Jon (Melissa), Levi, Maggie Dykshorn, Amber (Alex) Velez, John and Joel Trumble, Olivia, Jada, Samuel and Solomon Glover; three great grandchildren: Autumn, Silas and Alexis.
 
He will be missed by sisters and brothers-in-law: Wanda and Marv Te Grotenhuis of Kingwood, TX and Shirley and Al Schouten of Sioux Center, brother-in-law, Gerald Meuleners of Spicer, MN, and brothers and sisters-in-law: Owen and Eulyn Dykshorn of Sioux Center and Eldon and Terry Dykshorn of Scottsdale, AZ along with several nieces, nephews and friends.
 
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Margaret; sister and brother in law, Audrey and Roger Den Herder; sister, Mildred Meuleners and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lawrence and Johanna Vande Berg.
 
We thank God for giving Wayne to us these 72 years, and his impact on our lives. In return we give him back to live in glory eternally.
 
 
Wilma Baker
Wilma Baker, 89, of Sioux Center, IA died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Royale Meadows Care Center of Sioux Center.
 
A visitation will be held on Monday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
 
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 2:30PM at Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
 
The Baker family prefers memorials to Sioux Center Home Health & Hospice.
 
Wilma (De Groot) Baker was born on July 6, 1925 at Edgerton, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Jennie (Bliek) De Groot. The De Groot family settled in Sioux Center, Iowa when Wilma was seven years old. Wilma attended Sioux Center Christian School and graduated from Sioux Center Public High School.
 
On April 9, 1942, Wilma was united in marriage to Marion “Mike” Baker in her parent’s home. She and Mike lived in Sioux Center where they raised their family of two daughters and two sons. In addition to caring for her family, Wilma worked various jobs and assisted Mike with clerical and bookkeeping work at their auto repair business, Mike’s Service Garage. Marion preceded her in death on January 7, 1992.
 
Wilma was known for the beautiful hand-work she created. She shared many of her crocheted, needle point and plastic mesh items with others. She was an avid reader, hospital volunteer and loved helping others when she could. For many years she housed Dordt College couples in her basement apartment; she felt blessed with the opportunity to get to know these students.
 
Wilma was an active member of First Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center. She participated in Gleaners Forum, Golden Hour Society, Mops and Ruth Society.
 
Wilma is survived by three children: Harriet and Rodney Mouw of Longville, MN, Carl Baker of Honolulu, HI, Mary and Olin Lund of Hull. Also surviving are her seven grandchildren, three step grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and six step great grandchildren.
 
In addition to her husband, Marion, Wilma was preceded in death by her son, Dan Baker; brother and sister-in-law, Adrian and Hattie De Groot and three sisters and brothers-in-law: Johanna and Lane Van Der Linden, Henrietta and George Bierma, Sr., Cornelia and Fred Brandes.
 
 
Rev. Joel Bensema
Reverend Joel Bensema, 82, of Sioux Center, IA died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Sioux Center Health.
 
A visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-8PM, with the family present from 2-4PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center, IA.
 
A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 28, at 11:00AM at the Carmel Reformed Church of rural Rock Valley, IA with Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating.
 
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 30, from 10-11AM at Fairview Reformed Church of Fairview, IL. A prayer service will be held at 11AM at Fairview Reformed Church followed by a graveside committal service in Fairview Cemetery of Fairview, IL.
 
In lieu of flowers or gift items the Bensema family prefers memorials to Kingdom Air Corps, 39911 N. Glenn Hwy, Sutton, Alaska, 99674.
 
Joel Louis Bensema was born March 28, 1932, in Norwalk, California to Harm and Mary Belle (Tharp) Bensema. He was raised in the Bellflower, California and Norwalk, area and lived briefly in Blythe, California during the World War II years. He graduated from Excelsior Union High School, in Norwalk, in 1950. In 1956, Joel graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California with a degree in Ancient History. He continued his education by earning degrees from California Baptist Seminary in West Covina, California and Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Joel was a life-long learner, avid reader and had a passion for teaching.
 
On November 20, 1956, Joel was united in marriage to Sylvia Leih in Santa Barbara. To this union, a son, Brandt, was born. Sylvia preceded Joel in death on December 29, 1959.
 
After a whirlwind courtship of six weeks, on February 12, 1961, Joel was united in marriage to Arlene Franken in Bellflower. To this union, two daughters, Brenda and Brolene and one son, Bryce, were born. Joel and Arlene celebrated over 53 years of marriage.
 
In May of 1952, Joel accepted the Lord’s call, started college and began preparing to enter into the ministry. Starting in 1955, Joel served an American Sunday School church in Sisquoc, California; a Baptist church in Sunnymead, California; and Reformed Churches in Sioux City, Iowa; Hopkins, Michigan; Hammond, Indiana; Fairview, Illinois; Freeport, Illinois and Erie, Illinois. After “retiring” in 1994, Joel served actively as a “pulpit supply” minister for Reformed and Christian Reformed churches in Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota. Throughout their married lives, Joel and Arlene served together in ministry, supporting and leading the congregations.
 
All of Joel’s life, he enjoyed traveling. Trips to the Holy Land and Europe, along with numerous trips to Alaska were highlights. Family vacations were usually camping trips, where the family would pursue historical locations throughout the United States and often make the trek between the Midwest and California.
 
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Arlene of Sioux Center; son, Brandt (Brenda) of Fairfax, IA; daughter, Brenda (Bill) Vohland of Canton, IL; son, Bryce of New York, NY and daughter, Brolene (Chuck) Gerwig of Sutton, AK; eight grandchildren: Amy Bensema of Phuket, Thailand; Sara (Jerimiah) Kindrick of Katy, TX; Caty (Colin) Campbell of Farmington, IL; Ross Vohland of Canton, IL; Ben, Joe, Tiffany and Zac Gerwig of Sutton, AK; four great-grandchildren: Cohen, Carlie, Sawyer and Finn. Brothers-in-law and sisters-In-law: Evelyn Bensema, Jeanette Bensema, John (Lorene) Franken, Louise Hulstein, LaVonne Honstein, Cordell (Margaret) Leih, Virgil (Pat) Leih and Laurin (Jean) Leih. Also, he was survived by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family members and close friends. Joel was preceded in death by his parents, Harm and Belle Bensema; his first wife, Sylvia; Sylvia’s parents, Cornelius and Rena Leih; Arlene’s parents, Art and Mina Franken; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Bensema, two brothers: Cal and Jim; brothers-in-law and sisters-In-law, Alice (Henry) Van Roekel, Everett (Gert) Franken, Gerrit Robert Hulstein, Darlene Franken and two nephews: Harmon Bensema and Arlin Franken.
 
Joel exemplified JOY – Jesus, Others and You. His love of the Lord and ministry, his love of family, his compassionate counsel and his subtle mentoring will be Joel’s legacy.
 
 

     
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