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Barry L. Kuiper
Barry L. Kuiper, 69, Hawarden, Iowa, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, April 4th from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm at Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. Funeral services will be on Friday at 10:30 am at Hawarden American Lutheran Church, ELCA, burial at the Grace Hill Cemetery, with dinner to follow at the Hawarden Community Center. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.
Barry was born in Yankton, SD on October 29, 1949 to Ted and Florence Kuiper. When Barry was five, the family moved to Rock Valley and started a portable feed grinder business that Barry helped with as a teenager.
After graduating from Rock Valley High School in 1967 Barry continued his education at Spencer School of Business, then graduated from Mankato School of Business.
Barry was also in the Army National Guard, training at Fort Dix as a marksman.
He held a few positions before beginning a long career in insurance with Farm Bureau Insurance in Plymouth County. In 1979, Barry and his business partner, Jake Vande Hoef, bought the Williams Insurance Agency in Hawarden that he ran until his retirement in 2017.
In 1973, Barry married Jeanene Junck of Hinton and they were married for 46 years. They enjoyed spending time together golfing, playing cards, and going out on the town with friends.
Barry was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and enjoyed classic cars, hunting, reading, watching football, NASCAR, old Western movies, and of course watching and playing golf.
Barry is survived by his wife Jeanene; sons, Mike (Angie) of Harrisburg and Matt (Kim) of Sioux Falls; grandchildren, Will and Emma of Harrisburg and Calvin of Sioux Falls; sister, Pam (Ned) Luecke of Deadwood, SD; brother, Bradley of Des Moines; niece, Sonja Jones and great-nephew A.J. Jones of Lead, SD; sisters-in-law Jolyn (Tim) Getty of Hinton and Julie Lynott of Hawarden; nieces and nephews, Erin (Shane) Colley of Naperville, IL, Deanna (Shaun) Van Meeteren of Urbandale, Sheena (Royce) Van Roekel of Milford, C.J. (Sonja) Lynott of Sioux Falls, and Elise Lynott of Dallas, TX; numerous great-nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.
Barry was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Bernard and Bonnie Junck.
Memorials can be directed to HEART the Wild, West Sioux Booster Club, or West Sioux Education Foundation.
Jeanene, Mike, & Matt,
Coach Bob & Diane want to express our deepest sympathy in the death of your Husband and Dad. So many memories come to mind from the days Mike & Matt were kicking footballs for USF. Thank You for sharing those years with us then and following as they raise their families and carry on the Kuiper legacy. So very proud of both of the sons and the spouses they chose. I can still envision Barry's endless smiles.
Coach Bob & Diane Young Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM
A Jade Joy was ordered on April 3, 2019
Expression of Sympathy Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM
I worked for Barry in Sioux Falls back in the late 80's, early 90's at Motors Insurance. I will always remember his brisk walk and sense of humor when he would come to work. He was so easy and enjoyable to work for and we had a lot of laughs. I am sure he will be missed by his family and friends. My co-worker and I called Barry at his home a couple of years ago to surprise him and we had a good visit which I am so glad we did now. RIP Barry.....Sandra Anderson
Sandra Anderson Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear about my old high school friend. Have lots of great memories wandering the streets of Rock Valley & getting into trouble. My thoughts & prayers go out to all of you. Wayne Van Berkum....
Wayne & Linda VanBerkum Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM
Sending thoughts prayers AND our condolences from the VERNON STABE family. Asking God to wrap His loving arms around all of you during this very difficult time. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Jeanne Petersen Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM
Our sympathies to the Kuiper family. I grew up with Barry in Rock Valley. From our heyday years in school to our adventures in his VW bettle. We laughed, we hunted and we had some stories not to share - but they are lifetime memories. RIP Barry.
Larry and Nancy Hylarides (class of 67)
Larry Hylarides Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM
A Spring's Bounty Basket was ordered on April 3, 2019
Expression of Sympathy Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM
You were one of a kind--my favorite UNCLE--You will be missed greatly and loved always---
Sonja Fleischer Jones Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Barry Kuiper
Alice Waterman Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM
Our sincere condolences to Jeanine and all of Barry's family. I enjoyed working with him, and he will be missed by many. God Bless.
Rick and Carol Salberg Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM