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John DeGier

John DeGier

Aug. 10, 1909 - Jan. 15, 2009

HANCOCK -- John DeGier, 99, of Hancock, died Thursday at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Christian Reformed Church in Hancock. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery near Hancock.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

He was born Aug. 10, 1909, in Haarlememeer, Holland, to John Sr. and Maartje (DeJong) DeGier. His family left the Netherlands in 1911 and immigrated to southwestern North Dakota near South Heart, where they began farming. They later moved to a farm in the Milnor, N.D., area, where John grew up and received his schooling. In 1925, the family moved once again to the Hancock area, where they continued farming.

On Dec. 31, 1933, he married Ann DeJager in Hancock. They lived in the Hancock area, where they farmed most of their married life. In 1987, they moved into Hancock. Ann died Sept. 19, 1987. John continued living in Hancock until entering the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in 2002.

He was a longtime member of the Christian Reformed Church in Hancock, where he had served on the church council and various other committees.

He is survived by his daughter: Carol (and Lowell) Evink of Hancock; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; two sisters; two brothers; and three siblings in infancy.