Farming Rural 21

Gerald Hoekstra

August 28, 1930 ~ January 11, 2020 (age 89)


Gerald Henry Hoekstra was born August 28, 1930, to Henry and Jennie (Klein) Hoekstra, at Leighton, Iowa. 

Gerald attended Centennial Country School, and earned his GED while overseas in the Army. He was drafted in the Army on August 20, 1952, earned the rank of PFC, and was honorably discharged on July 30, 1954.

On July 8, 1957, he was united in marriage to Ruby Mathes in the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella. To this union they were blessed with four children: Daniel Wayne, Ronald Gene, John Henry, and Cindy Rose.


Gerald was a farmer, drove school bus for Pella Community Schools, and was a truck driver.


Gerald really enjoyed history. He liked visiting Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska, where he would take his time carefully reading each word on each plaque.

Gerald also visited the Mississippi River each year with the family to watch the barges go through the locks at Rock Island.

Gerald is survived by his wife Ruby, their children and their families:

Dan Hoekstra

            Calie Gullion

Ronald Hoekstra

John and Kelly Hoekstra

            Matthew Helm

                        Michael and Harlene

Cindy and Dave Gritters

            Calise, Cody, Jocelyn

He is also survived by his sister Mary Lou and Henry Rozenboom of Johnston, Iowa.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Jennie Hoekstra, his parents-in-law Layton and Henrietta Mathes, his sisters: Alma and Elmer Dykstra, and Gertrude and Bill Van Zee.


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Visitation With Family
January 14, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Funeral Service
January 15, 2020

10:30 AM
Connect Church (formerly known as First Christian Reformed Church)
914 Liberty Street
Pella, IA 50219

Interment following funeral service
January 15, 2020

Graceland Cemetery
Hwy T-14
Pella, IA 50219


Pella Christian High School
300 Eagle Lane, Pella IA 50219

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