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Bernard "Bernie" Bousema

March 15, 1935 — November 20, 2020

Bernard “Bernie” Bousema
Sheldon, Iowa
Bernard “Bernie” Bousema, age 85 of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020 at his residence at Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon, Iowa. His Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Dave Van Kley~ officiating.

The service will be live-streamed on the First Christian Reformed Website http://www.atfirst.org/

Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa with full Military Rights presented by:
McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 of the American Legion.
Visitation with the family present will be from 10:00 until the time of service on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa
The family requests that everyone observes the social distancing guidelines
Masks are required during the visitation and the service at the church
with limited seating available for the church service.

Arrangements are under the care of the Andringa Funeral Home – Sheldon.
Online condolences may be made to the Family at www.vanderploegfunerals.com

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
BERNARD “BERNIE” BOUSEMA

BORN
March 15, 1935 ~ Sheldon, Iowa
PASSED AWAY
November 20, 2020 ~ Sheldon, Iowa

FUNERAL SERVICE
11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 24, 2020
First Christian Reformed Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Dave Van Kley ~ Officiating
REFLECTIONS BY:
Children and Grandkids

CONGREGATIONAL HYMNS
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
“Amazing Grace”
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
“God Be With You Until We Meet Again”
Organist: Yvonne Bolkema

HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Brandon Bousema
CASKET BEARERS
Curt Pingel Brian Sipma
Trent Pingel Zach Sipma
James Steenhoek Tyler Sipma

FINAL RESTING PLACE
East Lawn Cemetery ~ Sheldon, Iowa

Military Rights presented by:
McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 of the American Legion.

Arrangements are under the care of the
Andringa Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa.

Bernard “Bernie” Bousema, the son of Arie and Hattie (Holtrop) Bousema was born on March 15, 1935 at the family farm near Sheldon, Iowa. He received his education from the Sheldon Community School, graduating in 1953. Bernie served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict working in the mailroom. After his discharge he came back to Sheldon where he was united in marriage to Gwendolyn “Gwen” Ruth Woudstra on June 10, 1959. They made their home in Sheldon where they operated Bernie’s Water Care for 9 years. Bernie sold cars for Koopman Motors, D&H Motors and for Hamill Motors, and retired after 30+ years. Gwen preceded him in death on December 7, 2018. Bernie passed away at the Fieldcrest Assisted living in Sheldon, Iowa on Friday, November 20, 2020 reaching the age of 85 years, 8 months, and 5 days.
Bernie was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon and served as a past Deacon. He was also a member of the Sheldon McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 of the American Legion.
Our dad "Bernie" was a fun-loving, caring person who truly enjoyed life. He treated people with respect and kindness. He was an excellent car salesman who worked hard for his customers. His dedication to his family was evident by him attending all his children's activities. Above all, he was a Christian role model to his kids, grandkids, and great grandchildren. We Loved him greatly and he will be Dearly Missed!!
Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Harlan (Kim) Bousema of Sheldon, Iowa; Cher (Curt) Pingel of Pella, Iowa; Jill (Brian) Sipma of Lynden, Washington; seven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, a brother, Art (Marlene) Bousema of California; two sisters, Greta Bomgaars of California and Gert Rossi of Utah; and other relatives and friends.
Bernie was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen; his parents, and five brothers, Rich, Roy, Hank, John and Bill.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

10:00 - 11:00am (Central time)

First Christian Reformed Church

901 9th Street, Sheldon, IA 51201

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

11:00 - 11:30am (Central time)

First Christian Reformed Church

901 9th Street, Sheldon, IA 51201

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East Lawn Cemetery - Sheldon

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