BOYDEN—James “Jim” Doorenbos, age 87, of Boyden, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at the George Good Samaritan Home in George, Iowa.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at United Presbyterian Church in Boyden, with the Rev. Andrew Hilla officiating.

Burial with a 10:15 a.m. graveside service will be Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden, with Full Military Honors provided by the William Monster Post 272 of the Boyden American Legion.

Visitation with family present will be 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Online condolences may be made to the Family at

James “Jim” M. Doorenbos, the son of Jacob and Marguerite (Bomgaars) Doorenbos, was born on Aug. 29, 1934, in Boyden, Iowa. He attended the Boyden Public School and graduated from the Boyden High School in 1952. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Dec. 3, 1953, after his enlistment he remained in the United States Navy Reserves. Jim returned home to Boyden where he farmed and raised turkeys with his dad. He was united in marriage to Marlene Baerenwald on Aug. 2, 1968, at St. John Lutheran Church in Boyden, Iowa. They made their home on farm near Boyden where he enjoyed farming, raising corn and beans, cattle and hogs. In 1997, Jim built an Egg Laying facility to add to his chores. Jim passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at the George Good Samaritan Home in George, Iowa, reaching the age of 87 years and 14 days.

Jim was a lifelong member of United Presbyterian Church in Boyden. He had served on the Sioux County Rural Water #1 Board, was a member of the William Monster Post 272 of the Boyden American Legion and had won several Pioneer awards for corn yield. Jim played sports while in high school and especially enjoyed basketball, after high school Jim was the pitcher for the Boyden Softball team traveling around Iowa playing in tournaments. Jim had torn down the Boyden Depot and recycled the lumber and the bricks from the old school to put an addition on to his house. He also planted all of the evergreen trees around his home by hand.

Jim leaves to cherish his memories is his wife, Marlene of Boyden; their three sons, Mike Doorenbos of Boyden, Iowa; Scott and his wife, Tara (Walton) Doorenbos of Boyden, Iowa and Ryan Doorenbos of Boyden, Iowa; five grandchildren, Brandon, Jocelyn and her husband, Eric De Bruin, Ally, Taelyn and Hudsyn; three great-grandchildren, Kasen, Hadley and Tucker; three sisters, Harriet and her husband, Richard Giancaspro of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Shirlee Slaughter of Palm Desert, California; Marliss DeJong of Pittsburg, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Beverly Doorenbos of Rock Rapids, Iowa; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by a grandson, Jesse Eric Doorenbos; his parents; two brothers, Ivan “Butch” Doorenbos, John and his wife, Jean Doorenbos; and two brothers-in-law, Bud Slaughter, Larry De Jong.