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Martin D. Hoekstra

September 11, 1927 — October 16, 2022


Martin D. Hoekstra

Sheldon, Iowa

              Services for Martin D. Hoekstra, age 95, of Sheldon who passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.  His funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, October 21, 2022, at Hull Protestant Reformed Church in Hull with Rev. James Laning ~ officiating.

            Burial will follow the time of fellowship on Friday, October 21, 2022, at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon with military rights presented by McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 of the Sheldon American Legion.

            Visitation will be after 3 P.M. on Thursday, October 20, 2022, with family present from 5 – 7 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home – Sheldon.

             In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Trinity Christian School in Hull or Sheldon Christian School.







September 11, 1927 ~ Hospers, Iowa


October 16, 2022 ~ Sheldon, Iowa



10:30 A.M. Friday, October 21, 2022

Hull Protestant Reformed Church; Hull, Iowa

Rev. James Laning ~ Officiating



“How Great Thou Art”

Sung by: Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren


“Blessed Assurance”

“Psalter 203”

“Amazing Grace”

Organist:  Kolette Villalobos



Brian Hoekstra        Mike Hoekstra       Steve Hoekstra

Daniel Fynaardt         Laura Bos                   Lisa Hull

Julie Leusink              Cindy Kiel       Stephanie Oostra

Shannon De Bruin



East Lawn Cemetery ~ Sheldon, Iowa

Military Honors Presented by:

McGlothen-Cowie Post #145 of the American Legion.


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


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Christian School or Sheldon Christian School.


Arrangements are under the care of the

Andringa Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa.


            Martin Dennis Hoekstra was born September 11, 1927, near Sheldon, Iowa to Dan and Gertrude (Lobbes) Hoekstra, the oldest of five children.  Martin graduated eighth grade from Sheldon Christian School.  In 1946 he was drafted into WWII and was selected for Medical Tech School.  He was assigned to various ships taking troops in and out of the Orient.  After being honorably discharged he followed the family history of toiling the soil.

            On November 7, 1952, he was united in marriage to Clara Harriet Ter Horst.  Martin and Clara were blessed with five children: Dennis Marlyn, Glen Eldon, Loren Mark, Cheryl Rae and Carol Faye.  They farmed in the Sheldon area until retiring in 1992. 

            Martin was baptized and made profession of faith at the Sheldon Christian Reformed Church.  He then became a Charter Member of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church.  Currently he was a member of the Hull Protestant Reformed Church.  He was known as a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great grandpa.  One great grandchild remarked “my great grandpa has a toy store in his basement and the toys are free!”

            Martin enjoyed networking with the auctioneers and those in the collector circles.  Collector friends describe him as “being the largest cream separator dealer in the country”. He was widely known for his integrity, honesty, and a great sense of humor.

            Martin peacefully passed away on October 16, 2022, at Sanford Senior Care Center in Sheldon reaching the age of 95 years, 1 month, and 5 days.

            Those left to cherish his memories are his children, Dennis (Gloria) Hoekstra of Orange City, Iowa, and their children, Brian (Deanne) Hoekstra, Michael Hoekstra, Cindy (Michael) Kiel, Julie (Joel) Leusink; Glen (Sheri) Hoekstra of Fox Lake, Wisconsin and their children, Lisa (Nick) Hull, Steve (Cortnie) Hoekstra, Laura (Josh) Bos; Loren Hoekstra of Estherville, Iowa; Cheryl (Stan) Fynaardt of Pella, Iowa and their children, Daniel (Katelynn) Fynaardt, Stephanie (Kyle) Oostra, Shannon (Kyle) De Bruin and Carol (Ralph) Schnabel of Menno, South Dakota.  Plus, twenty-eight great grandchildren and expecting a set of twins in April.  He is also survived by his sisters, Annette (Harvard) Sneller, Shirley (Dorward) Dykstra and Theora (Roger) Whitman and sisters-in-law, Harriet Snieder and Dinah Ter Horst.

            He was preceded in death by his wife Clara of 63 years, his parents, brother, Creston (Lucille) Hoekstra, brothers-in-law, Warren Snieder and Lawrence Ter Horst, two great grandchildren, Mark and Sam Hull.


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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, October 20, 2022

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Andringa Funeral Home - Sheldon

1601 Park St., Sheldon, IA 51201

Family Present From 5 - 7 P.M.

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Funeral Service

Friday, October 21, 2022

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

Protestant Reformed Church

1006 Hayes Ave, Hull, IA 51239

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Graveside Service

Friday, October 21, 2022

East Lawn Cemetery - Sheldon

700 Union Ave., Sheldon, IA 51201

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