Harvey A. Hoekstra Sept. 9, 1923 - Oct. 3, 2103
WILLMAR - Harvey Aldert Hoekstra lived on this earth from September 9, 1923 to October 3, 2013. He trusted in Jesus as his Lord and Savior and now, after 90 years on earth, lives with Him in Heaven.
Harvey was born on the family farm in Roseland Township to Henry and Anna (VanderBleek) Hoekstra. He took pride in being the ninth child born on the ninth day of the ninth month. He attended country school in Roseland Township and then began working on the family farm. On August 9, 1944, he married Katie Fokken at Bunde Christian Reformed Church. They continued to farm on the family farm until retiring in 1981. They moved to Willmar in October 2008.
Harvey was a lifelong member of Roseland Reformed Church, where he served on various committees, enjoyed singing hymns and attending Bible studies. In recent years, he volunteered by teaching Friendship Bible Study, working at the New 2 You Thrift Store and visiting nursing home residents. Harvey enjoyed meeting people at community suppers and senior pontoon trips. He also enjoyed traveling with Katie, especially the camping trips with her sisters.
He is survived by his wife: Katie; six children: Janet (and Roger) Dykstra of Grand Rapids, MI, Dennis (and Sharon) Hoekstra of Manchester, CT, Larry (and Marcia) Hoekstra of Hull, IA, Robert (and Cathy) Hoekstra of Hastings, Marlys Mathiowetz of Redwood Falls, and Darrell (and Gail) Hoekstra of Willmar; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a sister: Anne DeJong; three sisters-in-law: Mildred (and John) Meyer, Doris (and Don) Marcus and Henrietta Hoekstra; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Bill, Fobbie, John, and Clarence; three sisters: Henrietta, Stella, and Johanna; and a grandson: David Mathiowetz.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, at Roseland Reformed Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m.Tuesday, October 8, at the church and one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association or the American Heart Association. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.