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BAKKER, Paul E., Rev. 1929-2016


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/24/2019 at 18:37:07

The Rev. Paul Bakker, age 86, of Orange City, passed away on February 5, 2016, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Arizona.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, February 13, at 10:00 am, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Revs. John Klompien and Aldon Kuiper will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 5:30 pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Church.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Paul Edward was born on March 6, 1929, in Dike, Iowa, the son of Menne G. and Grace (Beninga) Bakker. He was raised in Dike and Wellsburg, Iowa, and attended the Beaver #7 grade school, the Dike and Wellsburg High Schools, Calvin College and Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

On June 21, 1951, he married Margery Ann Ross, in Wellsburg. They lived in Iowa, Michigan, South Dakota, and Minnesota, where he was a farm hand and served eight churches as a pastor.

He was currently a member of the Calvary Christian Reformed Church. Over the years he was a member of numerous church related committees, was delegated to the Christian Reformed Denominational Synod eight times, and was on the Board of Trustees for Dordt College. In his free time he enjoyed golfing.

He is survived by his wife of more than 64 years; five children and their spouses, Arloa and Kurt Harthoorn, of Sully, Iowa; Kathleen and Dirk Kroeze, and Janet and Harlan Dirksen, all of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Beth and Leon Wassenaar, of Crofton, Nebraska; and Douglas and Lynne Bakker, of Grand Rapids; fourteen grandchildren and their spouses, Joel (Liz) Harthoorn; Nick (Amy) Harthoorn; Heidi (Matt) Borchers; Luke (Lauren) De Vries; Grant (Des) De Vries; Jesse (MaryEllen) Dirksen; Erin (Chad) Groen; April (Galen) Van Otterloo; Becky (Kris) Isakson; Sam (Jilliann) De Jong; Shari (Dusty) Elgersma; Kim (Bill) Kool; Matt (Jill) Bakker; and Jordan Bakker; 30 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Marian Langenberg, Pat (Bob) Abels and Gladys Bakker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Shane De Jong; and his five siblings, Gerald Bakker; Herman Bakker; Elsie Graves; John Bakker; and Louis Bakker.

--Oolman Funeral Homes (www.oolman.com)


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