SIOUX CENTER—James “Jim” Edwin Horstman, 86, Sioux Center, died Monday, June 29, 2020, at Sioux Center Health. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center, with the Rev. Carl Klompien officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center. Visitation with family present will be 9:30-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
The Horstman family prefer memorials to the Christian School of your choice or Hope Haven.
James Edwin Horstman was born April 11, 1934, to Evert and Margaret (Cleveringa) Horstman in Sioux Center. He was raised on a farm on the west edge of Sioux Center. He attended Sioux Center community school through the eighth grade and received his GED through San Pedro High School in California.
He was united in marriage to Joan Hoekstra May 31, 1956, at First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Jim and Joan spent two years living in California while he was in the United States Navy. They moved back to Sioux Center where they made their home and were blessed with four children. Jim worked for Vander Ploeg Furniture and Funeral Home for many years before becoming self-employed, installing flooring.
Jim was a lifelong member of First Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder and a deacon. He was also a founding member of the local Cadets program. He served on the community cemetery board, and spent many hours doing volunteer work on the grounds. Jim was an original member of the planning and zoning board and took great interest in the town’s development. In the past, Jim enjoyed photography. He enjoyed traveling and spending his winter months during retirement in Mesa, AZ. Jim loved wood and woodworking. He made Heartland Strategy boards, and doll cradles for his granddaughters, amongst many other woodworking projects. He loved learning new things and being able to do things himself. He would say, “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Joan; children, Dave (Wenda) Horstman of Sioux Center, IA; Bryan (Ginny) Horstman of San Diego, CA, Steve (Nicole) Horstman of San Diego, CA, and Janna (John) Wesselius of Sioux Center, IA; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Norm Horstman of Sioux Center; sisters-in-law, Virginia Hoekstra, Kenosha, WI, Marge and Arnie Van Gelder of Orange City; Gladys and Harold Hoekstra of Orange City, Karen and Jack Brands of Grand Rapids, MI; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Evert and Margaret Horstman; sister, Esther (Art) Zevenbergen; and brother, Ken Horstman; sister-in-law, Alberta Horstman; parents-in-law, Cornie and Henrietta Hoekstra; brothers-in-law, Alvin Hoekstra, Corwin Hoekstra and Dennis Vis; and great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Horstman.