MEESTER, James C. 1919-1981
MEESTER, PETERS, DEVRIES
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Date: 3/7/2017 at 19:36:18
James Meester Funeral Held At Pleasant Valley
James C. Meester, 61, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, February 5, 1981 at 3:50 a.m. at Schoitz Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church, two miles west of Fern, with the Rev. Carl Regnerus officiating.
Fritz Meyer sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Going Down The Valley," and the congregation sang "My Faith Has Found A Resting Place," accompanied by Mrs. Clarence Walterman, who also played selected numbers for the prelude and postlude.
Casket bearers were Sid Hayes, Bruce Hayes, Donald Harbaugh, Steven Walterman, Larry DeVries and Elmer Pearson. Ushers were Glenn Patterson, George Krull and Melvin Meester. Flower attendants were Mrs. John Luchtenburg Jr. and Mrs. Darrell Arends. Interment was held in the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church Cemetery. Graveside military rites were conducted by the American Legion and the Amvet posts of Wellsburg.
Following the committal service friends and relatives returned to the church for a period of fellowship and refreshments.
James was born May 9, 1919 in Pleasant Valley township, Grundy county, Iowa, the son of Thomas and Anna Peters Meester. He attained the age of 61 years, 8 months and 26 days. On October 11, 1942 James was united in marriage to Anna DeVries in Kansas City, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1942 until 1945. Then in 1945 he started farming and farmed on the same farm until January of 1977 when they moved and made their home in Parkersburg. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church and served on the church consistory and on the church building committee. He was the caretaker of the church cemetery for over 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Anna, of 1209 4th Street, Parkersburg, two sons, Dr. Dennis Meester of LaPorte City, Ia., and the Rev. Rodney Meester of Meservey, Ia.; three brothers, John K., Herman and Johannes, all of Holland; three sisters, Mrs. Etta Renken of Aplington, Mrs. Sam (Tena) Paterni of rural Eldora, and Mrs. Anna Murra of Wellsburg.
Preceding him in death were one infant daughter, Macine Lois in 1946, his parents and one brother, Henry.
A memorial fund has been established. The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home took care of arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 February 1981, sec 3, pg 1
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