OSKALOOSA — Stephen De Ronde, 55, of Oskaloosa passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family after a two year battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 30, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa, with the Rev. Dale Visser officiating. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the church basement preceding the service. Steve will be buried in the Henness Cemetery, surrounded by the farm where he lived and worked his entire life. Visitation began at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel; the family was present from 4 – 7 p.m., Wednesday evening. Memorials may be made to the Oskaloosa Christian Grade School.
Stephen Wayne De Ronde, son of Kryn and Dorothy Van Weelden De Ronde, was born Oct.9, 1957, in Oskaloosa. He was a graduate of Oskaloosa Christian Grade School and Pella Christian High School in 1975. Following his education, Steve began farming with his father and his brother, Kevin, on the home place. He married Carol Spoelstra, June 24, 1977, at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. They made their first home on a farm near Eddyville that was owned by his sister-in-law, Delores Keith, where they lived for 12 years. In 1986, they purchased their current farm and in 1988-1989, he built the house where he lived until his death. After moving to his farm, he continued his partnership with his brother, Kevin, in their farming operation, as well as driving a semi-truck hauling grain and fertilizer. Steve was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa, where at age 19, made profession of his faith in the Lord and later served as a deacon and an elder. Steve was everyone’s friend and he knew no stranger. He enjoyed riding motorcycles with friends, playing softball and spending time with his family.
His family includes his wife, Carol of 35 years; his children: Brian (Courtney) De Ronde, of Pella, Brent (Georgina) De Ronde, of Oskaloosa, Heather (Matt) Collins, of What Cheer, and Kyle De Ronde, of Oskaloosa; four grandchildren: M’lynn and Brady De Ronde and Dean and Pippa De Ronde and two more on the way; his mother, Dorothy De Ronde, of Oskaloosa; sisters: Judy Hofmans, of Hanford, Calif.; Janice (Corneles) Hofmans, of Hanford, Calif.; Aleda (Randy) Rolffs, of Pella; Dot (Duane) Bruxvoort, of Pella; brothers: Neil (Betty) De Ronde, of Oskaloosa, and Kevin (Linda) De Ronde, of Oskaloosa; and a sister-in-law, Delores Keith, of Oskaloosa.
In addition to his father, Steve was preceded in death by a brother, William Keith De Ronde.