SHELDON—Bernard Lamfers, age 87, of Brandon, South Dakota, formerly of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at Bethany Home in Brandon, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa, with the Rev. Paul Van Maaren officiating.
Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. at Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton, Iowa.
Visitation will be 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, with family present 6-7:30 p.m., at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.
The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Bernard (Bernie) John Lamfers was born July 7, 1932, to John and Bertha Lamfers of Ashton, Iowa. He was raised on a farm near Ashton, Iowa, and graduated from high school from Ashton, Iowa, as well.
Bernard was drafted into the Army in 1953 and was stationed in South Korea and Japan.
After being discharged from the Army, Bernard enrolled at Nettleton College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for a business degree.
After college, Bernard began work at Armors Egg Products in Sheldon, Iowa, and then eventually working at DJ Egg Products in Boyden, Iowa.
He was united in marriage to Henrietta Vander Streek in 1962, making June 5, 2019, 57 years of marriage.
In 1964 the couple was blessed with a son, Harvey.
Bernard was a quiet guy who would sit and listen to conversation. Every once in while you would catch him with a little grin on his face about conversation that was funny.
Bernard retired from working in 1988. It was at this time Bernard and Henrietta became snowbirds and began spending winters in Mesa, Arizona. Spending winters in Arizona is what Bernard lived for. When he was dealt with health issues, he always made sure he was healthy enough to travel south. Spending afternoons at the pool with many of his other snowbird friends is what he enjoyed most. Bernard and Henrietta were able to enjoy 24 years of going down south.
In June 2015, Bernard and Henrietta moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon, Iowa, and then on to Bethany Home in Brandon, South Dakota, in February 2017 after suffering a fall and breaking his hip.
Grateful for having shared his life with his wife, Henrietta; one son, Harvey (Bonnie) Lamfers of Brandon, SD; two grandsons, Benjamin (Jessica) Lamfers of Clear Lake, SD; Blake (special friend Alexis Boddicker) of Lamfers Tea, SD; one great-granddaughter, Reagan Lamfers; and one brother, John Lamfers of Ashton.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com.
Bernard was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Bertha Roelfs.