ORANGE CITY—Mr. George Kleinhesselink, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.
There will be a private family funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Liz Moss will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
George William was born on Jan. 26, 1932, in Orange City, to William “Bill” and Gertrude (Smit) Kleinhesselink. He was raised in Orange City, where he graduated from the public high school in 1951.
He was united in marriage to Donna Fae Brink on April 3, 1956, at the First Reformed Church in Maurice. The couple made their home in Orange City, where they raised their four children. George worked as a power lineman for the Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative for more than 26 years before taking a job as an electrician for De Haan Electric in Orange City. He later worked for the Orange City and Alton cable television service and as custodian at the American Reformed Church, where he and Donna worked together maintaining the church’s facility.
In July of 2015, George and Donna moved to the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. As his wife’s dementia progressed, it became necessary for her to become a resident of the memory care facility at the Fieldcrest Senior Living Community in Sheldon. George was extremely grateful for his church family’s dedication in providing him weekly rides to visit his wife. Donna passed away on April 7, 2018, in Sheldon, after more than 62 years of marriage. In August of this year, George became a resident of the Prairie Ridge Care Center.
Mr. Kleinhesselink was a lifelong member of the American Reformed Church in Orange City, where in addition to working as custodian, he had served as deacon, elder, and sound booth coordinator for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, camping, deer hunting, and pheasant hunting with his English Springer Spaniels. In earlier years he was active in the local Boy Scout Troop and as part of the Saber Saddle Club, both in Orange City.
He is survived by his four children, Scott Kleinhesselink of Lake George, Colorado; Roxanne, and her husband, Roy Hawkins, of Orange City; Corey Kleinhesselink, and his wife, Emily, of Sioux Center; and Lynora, and her husband, Timothy Gehrke of Larrabee; eight grandsons, Ryan, Devin and Thad Hawkins; Paden and Miles Kleinhesselink; and Jacob and Eric Van Voorst, and Grayson Roosa; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter Kleinhesselink, of Le Mars; a sister-in-law, Nancy Kleinhesselink of Orange City; a brother-in-law and his wife, Wayne and Crystal Brink of Maurice; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Kleinhesselink; two sisters, Lois, and her husbands, Harold Draayer and Keith Mitchell; and Betty, and her husband, Clarence Jasper; a sister-in-law, Verjean Kleinhesselink; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Jay Brink.
Memorials may be directed to the youth programs of the Sioux County Sportsmen’s Club and the Sioux County Conservation Board.
You are invited to leave a message of condolence, print a memorial folder and participate in the service via livestream, at www.oolman.com.