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Gerald L. Hamstra

February 13, 1935 November 30, 2016
Gerald L. Hamstra
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GERALD L. HAMSTRA, 81, of Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Morrison Community Hospital.Gerald was born February 13, 1935, in Morrison, to Marvin and Inez (Tenboer) Hamstra. He was educated in the rural Whiteside County grade schools and was a 1953 graduate of Erie High School in Erie, IL. He served in the U. S. Army. On October 4, 1974 he married Esther L. (Buikema) VanZuiden in Morrison. She died on December 24, 2013. Gerald was first engaged in farming in the Fenton, IL area. He then worked for Herman Nelson, Climco and General Electric all of Morrison. Most recently he, along with his wife Esther, owned and operated Hamstra Carpet Cleaning, from 1975 until retiring in 2000. He was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, serving as a deacon, elder and adult Sunday school teacher. Gerald enjoyed knitting, and made caps, scarves and mittens for donation.Survivors include one daughter, Marsha Hamstra of East Moline, IL; four sons, Kevin (Barb), Gregg (Tammy), Brad and Arlyn (Lisa) Hamstra, all of Prophetstown, IL; two step-daughters, Debra VanZuiden and Deane (Mike) Patten, both of Morrison; two step-sons, Gary (Monica) VanZuiden of Dunlap, IL and Rodney (Deann) VanZuiden of Morrison; twenty-eight grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; one sister, Ruth (Tony) Boom of Moline, IL; one brother, Keith (Joyce) Hamstra of Morrison.He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther; one brother, in infancy; one step-daughter, in infancy.

FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison OFFICIATING: Mr. Ken Renkes VISITATION: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2nd at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. INTERMENT: with military honors will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery – Morrison.
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