BOYDEN—Tenas De Jong, age 93, of Ruthven, Iowa, formerly of Boyden, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Ruthven Community Care Center in Ruthven.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon, with the Chaplain Fred Dykhuizen officiating.

Burial will follow at Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden, Iowa.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, prior to the funeral service at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Home in Sheldon.

The last of six children, Tenas was born to Trintje and Sam Veninga in Doon, Iowa. After his mother’s death at childbirth, he was raised and later adopted by family friends, Jennie and Fred De Jong. He spent his youth on the family farm in Carnes and his teenage years in Orange City where he attended Orange City Christian School.

At 17, before completing high school and with the permission of his father, he volunteered for World War II Naval Service. Declined because he was color blind, he was then inducted into the Army Air Corps in December of 1943. He served in the Signal Corps in California and then as a radar instructor at Drew Field, Florida, for B-17 bombers headed for the Pacific Theatre. Tenas was honorably discharged as a sergeant of the 462nd Army Air Force Unit 1946 and then enlisted in the Air Force Reserves until 1952.

While at home on military leave, Tenas met the love of his life, Joanne, at Arnolds Park, Lake Okoboji. They were married on July 5, 1947, and were blessed with four children.

Tenas graduated from Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, with a B.S. degree in Forestry in 1952. He worked in the lumber business for over 35 years, his career spanning lumber salesman in the Midwest to plant manager for cabinet manufacturing in La Mirada, California and Youngstown, Ohio. He made friends easily and was an honest and forthright man. In his business world he was known as Mr. “D.”

Upon retirement, he enjoyed his grandchildren, riding his bike with his wife, Joanne, growing and eating his own tomatoes. He liked woodworking and always had a passion for cars. After his sons bought a farm in Iowa, there was nothing he liked better than to help unload the wagons at harvest time.

He was a staunch Republican. In his later years he liked to listen to conservative talk radio and FOX TV News, often simultaneously.

Tenas was solid in his faith with the Lord. He was a longtime member of the First United Presbyterian Church. After his move to Spencer, Iowa he found inspiration listening to the Rev. Schuller’s message on the “Hour of Power.” He enjoyed Christian music by the Gaither Brothers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Tenas passed into the Lord’s hands at Ruthven Community Care Center in Ruthven, Iowa.

He is survived by his children: David and Paul De Jong of Dickens, IA; Karen (Frank) Allen of Mission Viejo, CA; Linda Cicconi of Noblesville, IN; as well as five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Tenas is preceded in death by Joanne, his wife of 58 years; parents, Trintje and Sam Veninga and siblings, John, Rich, Bill, Louie and Martha; adoptive parents, Jennie and Fred De Jong; and siblings, Jake, Geert, Pete, and Sue.

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His interment will be in Boyden, Iowa, next to his wife, Joanne.