BAKKER, Menne J. 1853-1920
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/12/2016 at 20:33:11
Two Of Older Residents Pass
Two of the older residents of this section passed away during the past week. They were Johannes DeNeui Sr. and M. J. Bakker. Both of them were men worthy of respect and remembrance by posterity. Each did the duty that lay nearest to his hand, looked after the material and spiritual interests of his family and leaves to us the memory of a life well spent. Their long lives have ended but their influence is to be felt in the lives of their children in the years to come. The sons and daughters of such men are well prepared by precept and example to do their part in the work of the coming years. To them and to us who knew these patriarchs are left the duties of our day. May we live and work as they did, in the faith that made them strong to labor, to cherish their loved ones and to walk uprightly before men.
The large number in attendance at the funerals show the esteem in which they were held in this community. Below is given a short obituary of each.
Obituary--Menne J. Bakker
Menne J. Bakker was born the 30th of January, 1853, at Wolthusen Ostfriesland, and died the 27th of August, 1920.
He was married to Talea Siemens the 30th of October, 1883. This marriage was blessed with eight children: four boys and four girls. One son preceded them the 12th of March, 1897.
The 16th of September, 1912, his beloved wife passed away.
He served the Christian Reformed church west of Wellsburg twenty-three years and did his work well and faithfully.
It is 36 years ago since they moved to this county and were beloved and respected by the whole community.
The funeral, which was attended by very many from far and near, was held the 30th of August.
He lingered a long time between life and death, but when conscious he was sure that those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will live even though they die.
Rev. Wm. and Rev. H. C. Bode spoke in the church. Rev. H. C. Bode spoke of Job's triumph over death and grave. For he had a redeemer: one who redeems from sin and grants the title unto life everlasting. On this account he looked forward towards the blessed resurrection.
Rev. Wm. Bode spoke of the Apostle Paul's position at the end of life. That he had fought the good fight, finished his cause and kept the faith.
Rev. H. Walkotten of Hudsonville spoke at the grave telling that the suffering of this life is not to be compared with the glory of heaven.
The pall bearers were Obbo Haupt, Claus Ruter, Ed Christians, Ben Primus, Boyd Eckhoff and John Loger.
--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 1 September 1920, pg 1
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