ORANGE CITY—Martin Roy De Wit, 82, Orange City, died Thursday, May 21, 2020, at his residence.

There will be a private funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, at First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City, with the Rev. Mark Vande Zande officiating. Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. The service will be livestreamed at

Visitation without family present will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, May 25, at Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

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Martin Roy was born Aug. 16, 1937, in Rock Valley, the son of Henry John and Frances (Vanden Bosch) De Wit. He was raised in Rock Valley and Inwood.

He was united in marriage to Joy Marie Van Oort Nov. 15, 1957, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Doon. They made their home in Middleburg and Orange City. Marty worked at Diamond Vogel Paint in Orange City but spent most of his adult life working as a carpenter. He and Joy liked to travel together and with their siblings as well as taking vacations with their children. Joy passed away July 21, 2016, in Hull, after more than 58 years of marriage.

“Bud” was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City where he had been a Cadet leader for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, collecting John Deere memorabilia, and selling Watkins Products.

Survivors include his six children and their spouses: Arlan and June De Wit of Boyden, Rhonda and Gerald Postma of Ireton, Robert and Laurie De Wit of Jewell, Lyle and Pam De Wit of Ireton, Loren and Julie De Wit of Orange City, and Amy and Bill Davis of Maurice; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; his siblings, John De Wit and his wife, Greta, of Sioux Falls, SD; Lee and her husband, Don Jongerius, of Orange City; Gert and her husband, Cornie Hibma, of Washington State; Ed De Wit of Inwood; and Linda and her husband, Simon Kooiman, of Ontario, Canada; two sisters-in-law, Henny Van Oort of Rock Valley, and Shirley Rens of Hull; a brother-in-law, Vern Van Oort of Doon; and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and her husband, Ruth and Mart Halma; three brothers-in-law, Ed Driesen, Joe Van Oort and Gerald Rens; and two sisters-in-law, Mona De Wit and Sharon Van Oort.

Memorials may be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice and the First Christian Reformed Church.