Sioux Center, Iowa
Gerrit Kruid, 86, of Sioux Center, died Saturday, March 3, 2018, at a hospital in Sioux Center.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center with the Rev. John Lee officiating. Interment will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center. A prayer service for family and friends will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Family and friends are asked to be at the church by 9:30 a.m. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday with the family present at the church. Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center is assisting the family.
Gerrit John Kruid was born on July 28, 1931, to James and Elizabeth (Boone) Kruid, near Ireton, Iowa.
Gerrit attended the country schools in Carnes, Iowa, and in Ireton. He then worked on a farm with his parents. Later, he worked at the Sinkey Garage in Ireton, until he entered the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, where he served in Hawaii and in the Korean War.
On May 11, 1955, Gerrit married Cynthia Joan Draayer at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center.
In 1956, Gerrit and Cynthia moved to a farm by Hawarden, Iowa, and six years later in 1962, they moved to Ireton, where Gerrit worked at Siouxland Implement until 1967. He then went back to farming and opened Kruid’s Repair Shop near Lebanon, Iowa. He and his wife moved to Sioux Center in 1998 and continued farming until 2005. Gerrit enjoyed farming so much he continued helping a neighbor in the spring and fall until 2013 at the age of 83.
Gerrit was a past member of Ireton Christian Reformed Church, Lebanon Christian Reformed Church and current member at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center. He served as a deacon in both the Ireton and Lebanon churches. He also served on the Ireton, Lebanon and Sioux Center Christian School boards.
Gerrit and Cynthia enjoyed wintering in Arizona for 27 years. He loved to attend his grandchildren’s programs and other events, such as volleyball and basketball games and many other activities involving his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also participated in numerous tractor rides, and in 2016 participated in an “Honor Flight” to Washington, D.C.
Gerrit is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Cynthia; six children, Glenda (Harold) Van Ginkel of Rock Valley, Iowa, Cheryl (Alan) Sandbulte of Maurice, Iowa, Gary (Gloria) Kruid of Sioux Center, Beverly (John) Vanden Bosch of Rock Valley, Dawn (Paul) Kroese of Orange City, Iowa, and Denise (Darin) Blankespoor of Orange City; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; nine siblings, Gretta Huenink, Gertrude (Brands) Kruid, Adrian (Greeta) Kruid, Elmer Kruid, Linda (Van Wyhe) Bockelman, Elaine (Lee) Hofland, Geraldine Kruid, Esther (Warren) Willis and Geneva Jansen; in-laws, Mitch Regnerus, Dorothy Draayer, Gert Draayer, Gladys De Weerd, Gary (Sandy) Draayer and Kenneth (Belle) Draayer; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Elizabeth Kruid; three infant sibings, Donna Mae, Marcella Jane and Lester Duane; brothers, Melvin Kruid and James A. Kruid; sisters, Ella Marie Regnerus, Hermina (Charles) Vande Kamp, Evelyn Kamstra and Arlene (Ted) Driesen; in-laws, Rich Huenink, Henry and Wilmina (Draayer) Kramer, Nick Draayer, John and Katherine (Draayer) Calkhoven, John and Anna (Draayer) De Weerd, Edwin and Lillian (Van Driel) Draayer, John Draayer, Wilbur and Jeanette (Eenkhoorn) Draayer and Gerald De Weerd.