SIOUX CENTER—Peter H. Dekkers age 75, of Sioux Center, Iowa, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Sioux Center Health Center.
The memorial service will take place 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Christian Reformed Church of Ireton, IA, with Pastor Nathan Kuperus officiating. A prayer service for family and friends will be 9 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center before proceeding to Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center for burial.
Visitation with family present will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center, IA.
In lieu of flowers family prefer memorials which will be directed to the Ireton Christian School and the Sioux Falls Christian School.
Peter Henry Dekkers was born Aug. 29, 1944 ,in Sioux Center, IA, the son of Henry and Anna (Haverhals) Dekkers. He received his education at country school as well as in Lebanon, IA. Pete helped his father on the family farm until he met the love of his life. He was united in marriage to Julene Te Slaa at the Christian Reformed Church in Hull, IA, on June 23, 1965. Soon afterward, Pete was drafted into military service. After basic training and receiving his orders, he and his bride were off to his assigned duty station in Colorado Springs, CO. Following the service, they moved back to the Ireton area and resumed their life on the farm. They became the proud parents of two sons, Mike and Mark. After farming with his father, he eventually took over the farm. Pete also worked for the Dragstra Brothers operation. He and Jo remained on the farm until his semi-retirement nine years ago when they moved to Sioux Center.
Peter enjoyed his many years of golf in both Hawarden and in Sioux Center. Bowling was also a big part of his life. He was a member of the Ten Napel brothers’ bowling team in Hawarden. As a child he was a member of the Lebanon Christian Reformed Church and later became a member of the Ireton Christian Reformed Church where he served as Deacon. He also served as a board member of the Ireton Christian School.
Of all the things Pete enjoyed in his life, he loved nothing more than his family. His wife, boys and their families were his pride and joy. Attending his grandchildren’s school activities and sports events were utmost on his mind. They will hold many fond memories and know in their hearts of his strong love for each one of them.
Pete is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Julene Dekkers of Sioux Center, IA; son, Mike (Jennifer) Dekkers of Sioux Center, and Mark (Marne) Dekkers of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Jayda, Grace, Gabe, Reese, Gavin, Izabel and Kullen all of Sioux Center, IA, Sophie, Hailey and Carter all of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Wilhelmina (Del) Vande Kerk of Bellingham, WA; brother, Howard (Marilyn) Dekkers of Ireton, IA; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant brother.