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Clarence Marvin Dykstra

July 18, 1926 — August 20, 2017


July 18, 1926
Hospers, Iowa

August 20, 2017
Sheldon, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Saturday, August 26, 2017
First Reformed Church; Sheldon, Iowa

Rev. Paul Van Maaren
Rev. Kevin Gingerich
Rev. John Swoyer

after 3:00pm Friday, August 25, 2017
with family present from 5:30 to 7:30pm
at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Because He Lives
Sung by: Pastor Paul Van Maaren

Blessed Assurance
Great Is They Faithfulness
Recessional He Lives By Ingeta Tutje Organist

David & Shelley Hoogers Laura & Jeff Rehfeld
Jonathan & Tonja Hoogers Jennifer & Dan Tarnowski
Sara & Chad Ruter James & Kerri Hoogers
Emily Dykstra

Family Graveside Service
Prior to the Memorial Service at
East Lawn Cemetery Sheldon, Iowa

After todays service, relatives and friends are invited to
join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

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

Clarence Marvin Dykstra, son of Mason and Clara (Talsma) Dykstra, was born on July 18, 1926, near Hospers, IA. He attended rural school and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1943. On January 29, 1948, he married Gertrude Nels in Sheldon. They farmed south of Sheldon until 1990, when they retired into Sheldon. Clarence attended the Hospers Reformed Church as a youth, and has been a member of the First Reformed Church of Sheldon since his marriage. He was actively involved in the church as an elder and a deacon. Also he taught catechism and Sunday School with his wife, Gertrude. He was a great encourager to others through visits, phone calls, cards and providing rides for many. During his retirement years, he was a hospice volunteer and also assisted kids with reading at East Elementary school. He had a kind, gentle, comforting way about him, putting people at ease and letting them know that he cared about them.
Clarence leaves to cherish his memory his three daughters: Glenda and Arnie Hoogers of Sheldon, Carolyn and Jerry Hoogers of Maple Grove, MN, and Julie Dykstra of Loves Park, IL. Also by one daughter-in-law, Lori Haldorson Dykstra, of Blaine, MN. Also seven grandchildren: David and Shelley Hoogers, Laura and Jeff Rehfeld, Jon and Tonja Hoogers, Jennifer and Dan Tarnowski, Sara and Chad Ruter, James and Kerri Hoogers, Emily Dykstra, and 12 great-grandchildren. Sisters-in-law, Edna Dykstra, Jeanette Van Hal, Theresa and Gary Meendering, Gertrude Nels, and Evelyn Nels. A special friend, Sherry Vander Pol.
He was preceded in death by wife, Gertrude, son, Robert, his parents, brothers, Gerritt and Maynard, sisters, Tillie Ten Clay, Jennie Ten Clay, Margaret Dykstra, also a sister and brother in childhood.
Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us,
and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanks-giving, and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.
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