May 14, 2013


DEC. 7, 1916 — MAY 10, 2013

The Oskaloosa Herald

PELLA — PELLA — Funeral Services for William De Boef, 96, will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella.  Visitation will begin at noon Monday at the church with family present 5-6 p.m.

William Clarence De Boef was born Dec. 7, 1916, to John and Gertie Branderhorst De Boef at their farm home north of Oskaloosa.  His younger years were spent with his family on the farm.  He received his early education at a country school near his home.

On April 14, 1942, Bill was united in marriage with Martha Rozenboom at her parent’s home in Wright.  They were blessed with twelve children: Willene, Marvin, Jim, Leona, Donna, Pearl, Bill, Kathy, Ken, Martie, Karen, and Steve.  Bill and Martha farmed most of their married life; and after moving to Pella, Bill was employed at Vermeer’s.

Bill made profession of faith at the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa where he served as a deacon.  He was a charter member of the Oskaloosa Bethel Christian Reformed Church where he served as elder and deacon.  He was currently a member of the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella where he was a member of the Men’s Society and taught Friendship Bible Hour.

He enjoyed gardening, nature, bird watching, bow hunting and most of all his family.  He was a faithful husband, dedicated father and will be remembered for his integrity, his gentle, humble, and giving manner.

Bill went to his heavenly home on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Pella Regional Health Center at the age of 96.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Martha; his children: Willene (Mike) Tanis of Imlay City, Michigan, Marvin (Alva) De Boef, of  Pella, the late Jim (Mary Ann) De Boef, of  Pella, Leona (the late Bob) Gagestein, of Roy, Utah, Donna (Jim) Grandia, of  Riverside, Calif., Pearl (the late Ron) Menninga, of Pella, Bill (Sharon) De Boef, of Union, Ill., Kathy (Larry) Groenenboom, of Pella, Ken (Deb) De Boef, of  Leighton, Martie De Boef, of Newton, Karen (Jim) Wallace, of Pella, and Steve (Lynn) De Boef, of Hull; 41 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren; his brother, Arthur (Velma) De Boef, of New Sharon; brothers-in-law Dale Veldhuizen, of Oskaloosa, Gys (Ada) Rozenboom, of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Gerald (Clarissa) Rozenboom, of Oskaloosa; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; parents-in-law, George and Martha Rozenboom; sister, Marie Roorda Veldhuizen; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Gracia De Boef; sons-in-law, Bob Gagestein, Ron Menninga; and Martha’s nine siblings and their spouses.

Memorials may be given to the Pella Calvary Christian Reformed Church Building Fund.  Burial will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery near Leighton.  The Pella Garden Chapel Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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