ROCK VALLEY—Ronald John De Weerd, 69, Rock Valley, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley, with the Rev. Gideon Wamala officiating. Private family burial will be at Valley View Cemetery in Rock Valley. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, with family present 5-7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley and condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The memorial service will be livestreamed on the church website at www.calvincrcrv.org.
The wearing of masks is mandatory at the visitation and highly recommended at the memorial service, with social distancing at all times.
Ronald’s family prefers, in lieu of flowers and gifts, that you make a donation to a local Christian School in his memory.
Ron was born in Orange City, IA Jan. 24, 1951, to John and Anna (Draayer) De Weerd. After graduating from Sioux Center Christian Grade School and Western Christian High School, Ron worked in the construction trade, building houses with his uncle. On July 6, 1973, he married Joy Vander Molen in Manhattan, MT. They made their home in Sioux Center, IA before moving to their current residence south of Rock Valley in 1982. Ron was involved in farming his entire life, working with his dad and brother and always taking great pride in caring for the land entrusted to him. Ron enjoyed riding motorcycle, fishing and attending his children and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. He was a talented woodworker, always crafting impressive new pieces for the entire family, which we now remember him by. A man of great faith, Ron was a long-time member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley where he served as deacon and elder. He was passionate about Christian education and served on the Western Christian School Board.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Joy; their five children: Brian De Weerd of Rock Valley; Jeff and Abby De Weerd of Rock Valley and their children McKenna, Kylan, Brynn and Dawson; Lisa and Justin Gaiser of Johnston, IA and their children Drew, Hailey, Brayden, Hunter and Bryce; Dan and Samantha De Weerd of Hull, IA and their children Oliver and Simon; Jon and Kelsey De Weerd of Burbank, CA and their children Raven and Ava. Ron is also survived by his siblings, Delores and Lawrence Van Grootheest of Rock Valley, Leanne De Weerd of Waterford, WI, Glen De Weerd of Rock Valley and friend Barb Argo, Mark and Sherry De Weerd of Springfield, MO; his mother-in-law, Edith Vander Molen; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Connie and John De Vries, Shirley and Kent Flikkema, Donna and Bob Stump, Lori and Lonnie Meyer; and brother-in-law, Tim and wife, Kathy Vander Molen all of Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ron was preceded in death by infant daughter, Sherri; his parents, John and Anna; and father-in-law, Cornie Vander Molen.