Robert MonsmaPella, Iowa
October 11, 1925 – April 14, 2017
Age 91

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April 14, 2017
Pella, Iowa


Noon, Monday, April 17, 2017
With family present 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.,
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella, Iowa


10:30 A.M., Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Covenant Reformed Church


Gideons International
Pella Christian Schools


Wife: The late Dorothy Monsma

The late Sandra and Stuart Van Kooten, Littleton, Colorado
The late Marla and Bruce Schiebout, Pella
Rhonda and Leon Scott, Centennial, Colorado
David and Michele Monsma, Denver, Colorado
Paul and Debra Monsma, Pella



William Robert Monsma was born on a farm near Prairie City, Iowa, on October 11, 1925, to John and Johanna (Branderhorst) Monsma, the first of their four children.  Robert, affectionately known as Bob,  graduated  from Prairie City High School and enlisted in the United States Army when he was 18.  He went to basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, completed Officer Training, and served as a lieutenant in the armed forces.  He was stationed in Germany for occupational duty after World War II ended.  He married Angeline Dorothy Witzenburg on August 2, 1945, while on leave during his service.  They were married at the First Christian Reformed Church of Pella and were blessed with five children:  Sandra, Marla, Rhonda, David and Paul.  

Robert attended Central College for two years and studied accounting.  Afterward, he went into the rock quarry business with his brother-in-law Arnold Van Zee, the Pella Limestone Company.  He often surprised his children by bringing home all kinds of critters from the quarry including bull snakes, snapping turtles and baby skunks.   After Pella Limestone, he worked at Vermeer Manufacturing as a salesman and then in 1981, he began farming.  Of all his occupations, farming was his favorite.  His love for the Lord was evident, and he sought opportunities to share the gospel. Robert served numerous terms as an elder at First Christian Reformed Church, and he also taught catechism.  He was a Gideon for many years, and he volunteered for Crossroads, writing and correcting Bible lessons for inmates.    Robert always loved the hymns of the faith, and during his time at The Cottages he became the unofficial choir director for the evening hymn sings.  Two of his favorite hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult,” both of which he enjoyed playing on the piano in his younger days. 

Robert went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 14, 2017.  He was 91 years and 6 months old.  Robert was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.  He took joy in being reminded how many grandchildren he had, and that joy spilled over into playful games and ready smiles with his great-grandchildren.  Twenty-one grandchildren, thirty-eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild remain to cherish his memory, along with his children and their spouses, and several nieces and nephews and their spouses.

Sandra (deceased March 1, 2002) and her husband Stuart (Sherry) Van Kooten of Littleton, Colorado
            Stephanie and her husband Jeffrey Lenderink
                        John Lenderink and his wife Lindsay (Landhuis)
                        Thomas Lenderink and his wife Taylor (Powell)
                        Cassandra Lenderink
            Ian Van Kooten and his wife Cherie (Miller)
            Isaac Van Kooten
            Sara Banks
                        Elijah, Rae
            Ingram Van Kooten and his wife Emily (Davis)

Marla (deceased October 17, 2016) and her husband Bruce Schiebout of Pella, Iowa
            Zechariah Schiebout and his wife Rachelle (Vander Werff)
                        Miriam, Abigail, Keilah, Nahshon, Jude, Thaddeus
            Leah and her husband Anton Heuss
                        Aven, Charis
            Reuben Schiebout and his wife Holly (Goodyk)
                        Mara, Asher, Meres, Titus
            Orpah and her husband Nathan Jensema
                        Judah, Corban, Ezra, Isaac
            Michal and her husband Aaron Nunnikhoven
                        Micah, Lydia, Grace (deceased August 19, 2016)

Rhonda and her husband Leon Scott of Centennial, Colorado
                        Micah and her husband Matthew Bylsma
                                    Hall, Jude, Marin, Ezekiel
                        Audra and her husband Paul DeGraff
                        Ezra Scott
                        Isaiah Scott

David Monsma and his wife Michele (Roose) of Denver, Colorado
                        Jessica and her husband Kyle Mallet
                        Erin and her husband Ethan Barnard
                                    Kobe, Noah, Keira
                        Shawna and her husband Carlos Aragon
                                    Josue, Jocelyn
                        Luke Monsma (deceased 3/12/16)
                        Jacob Monsma and his fiancée Hayley Dahl

Paul Monsma and his wife Debra (Roose) of Pella, Iowa
                        Kirsten and her husband Andrew Borger 
                        Karlie and her husband Andy Van Soelen

Robert is also survived by his siblings Robert and Margery (Monsma) Stuit of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Marvin and Elaine Monsma of Grandville, Michigan, and Dr. Kenneth and Dorothy Monsma of Pella, Iowa. 

Robert was preceded in death by his wife Angeline Dorothy, parents John and Johanna  Monsma, parents-in-law Teunis and Magdalena Witzenburg, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Margery and Arnold Van Zee, daughters Sandra Van Kooten and Marla Schiebout, grandson William Luke Monsma and great granddaughter Grace Nunnikhoven.