VIBORG, SD—John Burggraaff, age 79, of Viborg, South Dakota, formerly of the Inwood and Sheldon, Iowa, area, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa, with the Rev. Kevin Gingerich officiating.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, Sept. 24, at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon

Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.vanderploegfunerals.com.

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

John Burggraaff, the son of Arie and Elizabeth “Betty” (Int’ Veld) Burggraaff was born Aug. 8, 1943, on a farm near Boyden, Iowa. He attended school in Sheldon and graduated from Sheldon High School. He was united in marriage to Margaret Ann Zegars in December of 1963 in the Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon. John spent most of his life farming near Inwood, Iowa, where he raised cattle. In his retirement years, John worked as a Director of Transportation for a pharmacy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, reaching the age of 79 years, 1 month and 9 days.

John was a past member of the Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa. He loved to be out in nature and was an adventurer, he was an athlete, enjoyed bicycling, he was an avid rock climber, he enjoyed ranching and raising cattle, and was a passionate motorcycle rider.

He is survived by his daughters, Dr. Barbara Burggraaff of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Deborah Burggraaff of New Albany, Ohio; he is also survived by his brother and his wife, Edward and Ramona Burggraaff of Chicago, Illinois; a niece, Elizabeth and her husband, Jonathan Fuld of Chicago, Illinois; a great-nephew, Jack Fuld; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.