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Merle T. Reekers

May 2, 1930 — December 24, 2021

Merle T. Reekers

Sheldon, Iowa

Funeral services for Merle T. Reekers, age 91, of Sheldon who passed away on Friday, December 24, 2021, at Sibley Specialty Care. His funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Sheldon United Methodist Church with Pastor Kevin Gingerich ~ officiating.

A private family graveside service will be held after the service at Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton.

Visitation with family present will be from 10 A.M. until service time on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at the church.

Masks are recommended for the visitation and service.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MERLE T. REEKERS

BORN
May 2, 1930 ~ rural Ritter, Iowa

PASSED AWAY
December 24, 2021 ~ Sibley, Iowa

FUNERAL SERVICE
11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Sheldon United Methodist Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Pastor Kevin Gingerich ~ Officiating

MUSIC
“On Eagle’s Wings”
“Amazing Grace”
Sung by: Tricia Meendering

CONGREGATIONAL HYMNS
“How Great Thou Art”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
Organist: Barb Burns

HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Jada Eckard
Carter List
Gavin List
Wyatt List
Finn Gauthier
Fiona Gauthier
Frances Gauthier
Brian Vaughn
Patrick Gomez

CASKET BEARERS
Jesse Eckard
Matthew DeGroot
Joshua Kennedy
Spencer Kennedy
Brian List
Noel Gauthier

FINAL RESTING PLACE
Gilman Township Cemetery ~ Ashton, Iowa

Military rights presented by:
McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145
of the Sheldon American Legion

After today’s 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.

Merle Tennis Reekers, the son of Joseph and Martha (Nagel) Reekers was born on May 2, 1930, on the family farm in rural Ritter, Iowa. He attended country school through the 8th grade. On August 25, 1950, he was united in marriage to Maybelle Renken in Ashton, Iowa and to this union two children were born, Mike and Maxine. He was enlisted into the United States Marine Core in 1952 where he was honorably discharged. In 1974, Merle lost his wife and daughter. On December 2, 1976, Merle was married to Jeanette (Hickey) Kennedy. They made their home in Sheldon all their married life. Merle worked for the Big 4, Land O’Lakes and Van Wyk Trucking as a truck driver. They moved to Fieldcrest in March of 2021 and Merle moved to Sibley Specialty Care in November. He passed away on Friday, December 24, 2021, reaching the age of 91 years, 7 months, and 22 days.
Merle was a member of Sheldon United Methodist Church and McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 of the Sheldon American Legion where he served as Sergeant in Arms for many years. He enjoyed to tinker on things, traveling to see his kids, motorcycle trips, truck rodeos and had obtained his pilot license.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jeanette Reekers, son, Mike (Rhonda) Reekers of Spirit Lake and their daughter, Katie (Jesse) Eckard and daughter, Jada; stepson, Rick (Peggy) Kennedy of Mechanicsville, Virginia and their children, Stacy (Brian) Vaughn and daughter, Megan of Marengo, Indiana, Joshua (Angela) Kennedy and Spencer (Brittany) Kennedy of Mechanicsville, Virginia, stepdaughter, Kathy (Ken) DeGroot of Council Bluffs, Iowa and their children, Teresa (Brian) List and their children, Carter, Gavin and Wyatt of Omaha, Nebraska and Matthew (Patrick Gomez) DeGroot of Los Angeles, California, stepdaughter, Connie (Gary) West of Mooresville, North Carolina and their children, Amanda (Noel) Gauthier, and their children, Finn, Fiona and Frances of Cincinnati, Ohio and Ashley West of Winston Salem, North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Margaret Reekers of Sheldon and Arlene Lang of LeMars, Iowa, Pat (Ron) Raynor of Dakota City, Nebraska. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Maybelle, daughter, Maxine, brothers, George and Art (Angie) Reekers.
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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

10:00 - 10:55am (Central time)

Sheldon United Methodist Church

506 8th St., Sheldon, IA 51201

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

11:00 - 11:45am (Central time)

Sheldon United Methodist Church

506 8th St., Sheldon, IA 51201

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Gilman Township Cemetery

4999 Co Hwy A46, Ashton, IA 51232

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