Forrest David Roorda was born July 4, 1925, to Epke Gerrit and Emma Marie (Boot) Roorda, in Marion County, Iowa.
Forrest was raised in the Otley area where he attended school through the eighth grade. On December 16, 1948, he was united in marriage to Gerdena Van Hemert, at her mother’s home. Forrest and Gerdena were members of Otley Reformed Church, where he was on the consistory, and sang in the men’s chorus. Faith, spiritual well-being, regular worship attendance, and Sunday observance were all very important to him. He and his wife were active in church activities, visited shut-ins and the sick. Forrest also enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and travelling with his family and friends.
Throughout his career, Forrest farmed, worked in construction with his brother Edgar, did factory maintenance for Vermeer Manufacturing for 25 years, and worked for De Ruiter Lawn and Garden for 18 years.
Forrest is survived by his six children, 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gerdena, his parents Epke and Emma, his parents-in-law Ed and Gertie (De Penning) Van Hemert, and his siblings: Melvin Gerrit Roorda, Erma Helen (Roorda) De Vries, Edgar John Roorda and Robert Adrian Roorda.
He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
Gloria and Ken Van Zee, Pella
Steve and Tiff Van Zee
Caleb, Ethan, Anna, Tori
Teresa and Travis Thompson
Tim and Sara Van Zee
BreElle, Reese, Zach, Sarae, Albear, Rose
Marcia and Ron Schut, Pella
Jeff and Beth Schut
Kjierstan and Weston Witzenburg
Jamesan, Andylan, Hartley
Josalan and Westen Matthews
Paytan, Lauran, Londan, Calvan Schut
Rodney and Emily Schut
Morgan, Addy, Niko
Doug and Ruth Roorda, Lake Ozark, Missouri
Jan and Dave Erickson, Pella
Jon and Justine Erickson
Amanda and Brandon Simon
Barb and Craig Maasdam, Sully
Curtis Maasdam and fiancé Chadera Davis
Monica and David Nikkel
Katelyn, Alivia, Colton, Mason
Shelby and Drew Shinkle
Darel Roorda, Holland, Michigan
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