April 14, 2010
10:30 A.M., Monday, April 19, 2010
Tracy Christian Reformed Church
11:00 A.M. Sunday, April 18, 2010
with family present 2:00-4:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Hospice of Pella or Tracy Christian Reformed Church
July 19, 1924 - April 14, 2010
John Gerrit Beekhuizen was born to Arnold and Bertha Janssen Beekhuizen on July 19, 1924, near Tracy, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm and lived there his entire life. He graduated from Tracy High School.
John served his country in the United States Army 7782 Special Troops Division from March 1946 to August 1948 in Berlin, Germany.
As a young man, John met Sara Vander Linden at a church gathering. After a couple years of courtship they were united in marriage on February 1, 1950, at the home of her parents. John and Sara were blessed with eight children: Janice, Laura, Sandy, Vicky, Cathy, Bernie, Karen, and Jonathan. John passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the Pella Regional Health Center at the age of eighty-five.
John and Sara farmed the family farm for fifty years. They are members of the Tracy Christian Reformed Church where he served on the consistory as Elder and Deacon. He was also a Sunday School teacher for many years and a member of the American Legion.
He loved to fish, play pool, work in his garden, puzzles, and most of all enjoyed “keeping busy.” He was known by his family as being strict but fair and always made time for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife of sixty years, Sara: his children: Janice (Lee) Allen of Tucson, Arizona, Laura Jean (Dennis) Van Dusseldorp, of Pella, Sandy (Marvin) Ozinga of Oskaloosa, Vicky (Phil) Slings of Pella, Cathy (Larry) Rozenboom of Tracy, Bernie (Lois) Beekhuizen of Leighton, Karen (Tim) Altenhofen of Newton, Jonathan (Staci) Beekhuizen of Hamilton, Illinois; seventeen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Marie (Harold) Van Maanen of Pella and Grace (Eldert “Buck”) Groenendyk of Des Moines.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers: Bert Beekhuizen and Arnold Beekhuizen; sisters: Alice Beekhuizen and Jo Kelderman; and his daughter-in-law, Lynda Beekhuizen.