Robert “Bob” De Jong was born on April 4, 1939, to Cornie and Elizabeth De Jong in Leighton, Iowa. Bob passed away on September 20, 2022, in Red Wing, Minnesota. Bob grew up in bucolic Leighton, Iowa, and graduated from Pella Christian High School.
Bob met Jean Malloy through friends, and they were married on March 23, 1963, in Oskaloosa. To this union they were blessed with five children: Rusty, Angie, Dave, Tammy, and Ben. He cherished Jean and her death in 2016 left a hole that was never filled.
He farmed for many years and finished his working years as a truck driver.
Bob was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Leighton for over 40 years. In more recent years, he had attended church at First Reformed Church in Pella, prior to his move to Red Wing, Minnesota.
Some of Bob’s favorite hobbies were jigsaw puzzles and Sudoku. But his true hobby was four-point pitch, at which he was as good as anyone.
Those left to cherish his memory are his five children: Rusty and Chris De Jong, Angie and Tom Walter, Dave and Amy De Jong, Tammy Rankin, and Ben and Kristal De Jong; fourteen grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Bob is survived by his sister Glenda and Marion Klyn of Pella, Iowa, sisters-in-law Phyllis Allgood of Muskego, Wisconsin, and Marcia Michelson of Lauderhill, Florida, and brother-in-law Dale and Sally Malloy of Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife Jean, and parents Cornie and Elizabeth De Jong.
Rusty and Chris De Jong of Green Castle, Missouri
Jessica De Jong
Josh De Jong
Corby De Jong
Ladan, Maci, Presley, & Aaliyah of Jessica
Norah and Bennett of Elizabeth
Remington of Josh
Noah of Corby
Angie and Tom Walter of Ellicott City, Maryland
Dave and Amy De Jong of Red Wing, Minnesota
Abe De Jong
Cecelia De Jong
Lou De Jong
Tammy Rankin of Knoxville, Iowa
Ben and Kristal De Jong of Cedar Falls, Iowa
Kaleah De Jong
Adeline De Jong
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