Rock Valley man dies while hunting in SD

Thirty-seven-year-old Nicholas "Nick" Van Ginkel of Rock Valley died Monday morning, Nov. 11, in a hunting accident near Webster, SD.

WEBSTER, SD—A 37-year-old Rock Valley man died Monday morning, Nov. 11, in a hunting accident near Webster, SD.

A memorial service for Nicholas “Nick” Van Ginkel will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley.

Visitation with Van Ginkel’s family will begin at 1 p.m. and will continue at the luncheon following the service at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley.

Sheriff Ryan Rucktaeschel of the Day County Sheriff’s Office in Webster said Van Ginkel was one of five men hunting ducks and geese early on the morning of Veterans Day about a mile and a half northwest of Webster.

As Van Ginkel and another hunter moved to switch seats, a cornstalk got caught inside the trigger guard of Van Ginkel’s 12-gauge shotgun, pressed down on the trigger and fired the weapon, with the shot striking and killing Van Ginkel.

Rucktaeschel said the safety on Van Ginkel’s shotgun was not set to stop the weapon from firing as he changed seats with the other hunter.

The sheriff’s office received a call about the incident at about 8:30 a.m. The Christensen Ambulance Service from Webster, the South Dakota Highway Patrol and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks also responded to the scene.

According to his obituary, Van Ginkel was born March 21, 1982, in Rock Valley to Howard and Avonne (Klomp) Van Ginkel. He attended Rock Valley Christian School and Western Christian High School in Hull.

While attending Northwestern College in Orange City, the younger Van Ginkel joined the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed with the Army Reserve military police unit in Pocahontas.

He learned the trade of drywall and painting and started his own company in 2004. He was a business partner in Van Ginkel & Soodsma Drywall, which is located just outside Rock Valley.

Van Ginkel enjoyed hunting, bowling, traveling with his family, doing any outdoor activities and spending time around the campfire with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Cris; two sons, Karter and Castiel; his parents; and several other family members.

Van Ginkel’s business partner, Justin Soodsma, posted on Facebook that Van Ginkel “died doing what he loved.”