Jaybe Cornelius Steenhoek was born March 23, 1926, to Simon and Wilhelmina “Winnie” (Mol) Steenhoek, in Pella. He passed away on June 25, 2019, at Northern Mahaska Specialty Care in Oskaloosa.
Jaybe attended Flint Ridge Country School. On March 2, 1946, he was united in marriage to Ada De Haan in Pella. They shared the next 71 years together and were blessed with three daughters: Dixie Kay, Bonnie Jo and Jayni Sue. They lived near Pella their whole lives. Jaybe and Ada joined Third Reformed Church shortly after they were married and have been members there ever since. He worked a short time for Rolscreen (now known as Pella Corp.), Gosselink Builders, John Van Arkel Trucking, as a farm hand, and for Oakwood Cemetery for 38 years before retiring in 1990. He owned the Steenhoek Monument Company for 65 years.
Jaybe and Ada loved traveling. They spent every winter in Florida for 20 years. Jaybe could never wait to get started. He would tell Ada, “just throw some stuff in a suitcase and let’s go.”
Jaybe is survived by his three daughters, seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Dixie and the late Earl Duinink, Pella
Jesse Duinink and Tesa Fleener, Pella
Brayden, Courtney and Camden
Shyann (Alaina), Gracie, Zach
Jayme and Stacey (McCombs) Duinink, Pella
Bonnie and Kermit Duin, Saint Joseph, Missouri
Joseph and Erin (McCamy) Duin, Broken Arrow, OK
Hannah, Brett and Reed
Jay and Sarah (Combs) Duin, Saint Joseph, MO
Toby (Swymeler), Tanner, Nolan and Wade
Jefferson and Annie (Wolford) Duin, Saint Joseph, MO
Jayni and Galen Van Wyk, Pella
Jennifer Sopher, Pella
Katherine Sopher, Des Moines
He is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Erma Steenhoek and Corinne Steenhoek of Pella, three nieces and six nephews.
Jaybe was preceded in death by his wife Ada, his parents Simon and Winnie Steenhoek, his parents-in-law Dingeman and Katherine De Haan, his brothers: Gilford Steenhoek and Simon Jr. Steenhoek, brother-in-law Jacob and Faye De Haan, infant twin great grandsons Mark and Terry Duinink, a great-granddaughter, Whitney Ann Duin at the age of 17 days.
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