John Feekes, 80, of Sioux Center, IA died Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Hillcrest Nursing Home of Hawarden.
A funeral service will be Tuesday at 10:30AM at the Carmel Reformed Church of rural Rock valley, IA, with Rev. Arnold Punt officiating. Interment will follow in the Carmel Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday from 4-8PM with the family present from 6-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
The Feekes family prefers memorials be directed to Hospice of Siouxland or Carmel Reformed Church.
John William Feekes was born October 8, 1928 near Carmel, Iowa to William and Cornelia (Hulshof) Feekes. John married Jeanette Vonk on February 4, 1948 at the Carmel Reformed Church. After their marriage John and Jeanette farmed west of Sioux Center for a few years. They purchased a farm near Carmel, raising their children, feeding livestock and operating a dairy. John eventually got into trucking and dealing livestock.
In 1976, they sold the farm and moved to Rugby, North Dakota, where they were devoted full time to their business, Feekes Trucking & Cattle Company. While in Rugby, John grew his business with the involvement of family and friends. In 1986, they moved back to Sioux Center and continued the business until retirement in 1992. After retirement they lived in Sioux Center during the summer and Arizona during the winter, enjoying friends, family and life. Jeanette preceded John in death on March 15, 2009.
Over the years John was a member of Carmel Reformed Church and First Lutheran Church while living in Rugby. Family and friends will remember him as a devoted husband of 61 years with Jeanette, his great sense of wit, generous spirit and a firm focus when it came down to business.
John is survived his seven children: Harlen and Cheryl Feekes of Modesto, CA, Nelva and Tom Petersen of Dunlap, IA, Mike Feekes of Irene, SD, Doug and Melinda Feekes of Litchfield, AZ, Cheri Helfenstein of Mons, Belgium and Ryan Helfenstein of Incirlik, Turkey, Tami Feekes-Benedict of Marina, CA, Verlyn & Maria Feekes of Elbert, CO; her 16 grandchildren: Todd & Becky Feekes, Jason and Kristy DeCoteau, Jeremy & Jasmine Taylor, Shad & Missy Kats, Jason & Misti Fykstra, Molly Kats & Wyatt Junge, Jeremy & Jessica Gesink, Nathan & Jamie Blum, Colin Helfenstein, Kianna Helfenstein, PJ Feekes-Benedict, Christopher Feekes-Benedict, Kayli Feekes-Benedict, Tyler Feekes, Matthew Feekes, and Tatiana Feekes; 16 great grandchildren: Natasha Feekes, Samantha Feekes, Drew DeCoteau, Alex Buchholz, Kerrigan Kats, Jerad Kats, Braedon Kats, Dustin Fykstra, Kyra Fykstra, Alisha Junge, Grace Junge, Ethan Gesink, Ty Gesink, Karson Gesink, Logan Blum and Drew Blum.
John is also survived by his brother, Ted Feekes of Hawarden; four sisters: Catherine Moerman and her husband, Peter, Nellie Vander Vliet, Edna Van Abbema all of Rock Valley, Mina Mouw of Sioux Center and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, John was preceded in death by his grandson, Jeremey Feekes; his parents; a sister-in-law and five brothers-in-law.