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Robert A. Wolthuizen

October 28, 1958 — April 2, 2019


October 28, 1958 ~ Sheldon, Iowa
April 2, 2019 ~ Rock Rapids, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 6, 2019
Living Water Community Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Pastor Jesse Walhof ~ Officiating

will be after 4 P.M. on Friday, April 5, 2019
with family present from 5 - 7 P.M.
at Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

“Even If, The Anchor Holds At The Cross”
“Amazing Grace”
“It Is Well With My Soul
Keyboard: Amanda Van Otterloo

Beth & Ryan Oltmans
Clint & Heidi Wolthuizen
Ann & Kevin Hofman
Elise & Tyler Drenkow
Dana & Kris Van Gent

East Lawn Cemetery
Sheldon, Iowa

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.
Robert Allen Wolthuizen, son of Clarence and Helen (Nieuwendorp) Wolthuizen, was born October 28, 1958 in Sheldon. He attended Sheldon Christian School and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1977.
Robert was united in marriage to Marlys Van Meeteren on September 21, 1979 in Sheldon, Iowa. He worked various jobs, including farming the family farm, before he began his career with the United States Postal Service in 1982. He held various positions before becoming Postmaster and served the communities of Archer, Alton, and Sanborn, Iowa. He retired from the USPS in 2017. He was a current member and elder at Living Water Community Church in Sheldon. Robert enjoyed traveling, antiquing, landscaping, and ministry, but ultimately, he loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Robert is survived by his wife, Marlys; his children, Beth (Ryan) Oltmans of Canton, SD; Clint (Heidi) Wolthuizen of Luverne, MN; Ann (Kevin) Hofman of Sanborn, IA; Elise (Tyler) Drenkow of Sheldon, IA; and Dana (Kris) Van Gent of Pella, IA. Robert was a grandfather to five grandchildren, Liam, Ayla & Rhett Wolthuizen (Clint & Heidi) and Remington & Piper Drenkow (Elise & Tyler). He is also survived by his father, Clarence Wolthuizen of Sheldon; older sister, Cheryl Wolthuizen of Sheldon; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Harriet Van Meeteren of Sheldon, IA; Gene and Carol Van Meeteren of Hartley, IA; Ed Van Meeteren of Sheldon, IA; Eileen Van Meeteren of Anthon, IA; and nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Helen, his younger sister, Dianne; and his father and mother-in-law, Nick and Jeannette Van Meeteren.

“Live a good life. And in the end, it’s not the years in a life, it’s the life in the years” – Abraham Lincoln.

Don’t worry about anything;
Instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need,
And thank him for all he has done.
If you do this,
you will experience God’s peace,
Which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts
and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 6-7

Husband, Dad, and Grandpa,
You will be dearly missed.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, April 5, 2019

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue , Sheldon, IA 51201

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

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

Living Water Community Church

610 2nd Ave., Sheldon, IA 51201

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East Lawn Cemetery - Sheldon

700 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

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