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Alfred De Jong

Ireton, Iowa- Alfred James De Jong, 92, of Ireton, died on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden, Iowa.

Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Ireton Christian Reformed Church in Ireton, Iowa, with Rev. Nate Kuperus officiating. Private family graveside service with military rites at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery will be prior to the service. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21st at the Christian Reformed Church in Ireton. The Porter Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Ireton Christian School.

Alfred James De Jong was born March 14, 1925 to Fred and Jennie (De Jager) De Jong. He was raised near Ireton, Iowa.

On February 6, 1950, he was married to Winnifred A. Vande Kamp in Ireton. He was drafted into the US Army and served in the Korean War, where he was wounded in combat and earned a Purple Heart. They farmed near Ireton until 1972. He then drove a propane delivery truck until he retired at age 65, but continued to work for Siouxland Propane doing a variety of jobs.

Alfred was a lifelong member of the Ireton Christian Reformed Church.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years; five children and their spouses, Alma (Ron) Schaap of Sioux Center, Iowa, Gloria (Lou) Kingma of Hawarden, Iowa, Lavonne (Dave) Van Oort of New Hampton, Iowa, Dennis (Lin) De Jong of Carmel, Iowa, and Karen (Greg) TeHennepe of Byron Center, Michigan; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Esther Mae Bolkema of Michigan.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ted, Bernard, and Henry; three sisters, Rose Mulder, Rena De Boer, and Ann Mulder; and 2 great-grandchildren.


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM ,Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Ireton Christian Reformed Church
301 Maple Street Ireton, Iowa 51027

Memorial Service

11:00 AM ,Thursday, June 22, 2017
Ireton Christian Reformed Church
301 Maple Street Ireton, Iowa 51027

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Sympathy to you and your family Gloria with the loss of your dad!

Jean Mulder DeBey Jun 20 2017 12:00 AM

Winnifred and family, grace and peace to you as you grieve Alfred's death, give thanks for his life, rejoice in his eternal life, and hope (confidently expect) to see him again, all through our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. I regret having to miss the funeral as I am away at annual training with the Iowa Army National Guard.

It was my great honor to have accompanied Alfred and six other Sioux County Korean War Veterans on their Honor Flight in September, 2014. Alfred is the third of them to have since taken the greatest honor flight of all to heaven. The Lord be with you all.

Cory Van Sloten Jun 20 2017 12:00 AM

Uncle Alfred held such a dear spot in my heart. I know that he was loved by so many and will be missed tremendously.

I remember him as kind, wise and that he took time to talk to me, which meant so much to me. As a child I loved to play toys in his basement while the grownup chatted in the living room. On a visit out in CA he toured my college campus. It was a difficult time in my life and he gently spoke hope and clarity into my spirit. I have such appreciation for him and have always admired him.

To Aunt Winnifred and my extended Iowa family, my heart goes out to all of you. I love you and am praying for you.

Kathy McMahon Jun 20 2017 12:00 AM

My sympathy to all of you. Such a nice man; great neighbors! God Bless. Kathy

Kathy Huitink Jun 20 2017 12:00 AM