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Delbert Zwart

Delbert Lee Zwart was born in Hawarden, Iowa on July 17, 1947, to Wilhelmina (Zwiers) and Edward Zwart. He grew up in Hawarden, graduating from Hawarden Christian Grade School and then Western Christian High School in 1965. He assisted in paying his tuition by being a student bus driver along with his brothers, and could tell many stories from these escapades. He worked one year as a mechanic for Sinkey Garage until he was drafted for the Vietnam War in 1966. He bravely served his country under difficult circumstances working as a mechanic in the motor pool and in the quarry as a dozer operator until the fall of 1968. He then returned and attended Northwest Iowa Community College and received an Associates Degree in Agriculture.

In 1969, Delbert married the love of his life, Betty Jo Van Noort, and they began farming by Maurice, Iowa. They moved back to the Hawarden area in 1971, and spent many years farming with his brother, Ronald, in their farming corporation, Long View Farms. He experienced many of the highs and lows of working hard and providing for his family, including through the farm crisis in the 80’s, but he always trusted that God would provide for him and his family. Through many sacrifices he was able to have his children attend Christian schools, which he always stated was worth every sacrifice. He continued farming until the spring of 2016 when health issues forced his retirement. He loved working in the field and could take apart and fix anything. He would build, manufacture, and create tools to meet any need. The Lord blessed him with four children: Deanne Jo, Brian Edward, Jana Beth, and Joni Ann.

Delbert and Betty created many good memories riding motorcycle, fishing, and most importantly creating memories with his 13 grandchildren. Delbert was a member of Hawarden Christian Reformed Church, where he had served many terms as elder and deacon. He continually served his Savior through his relationships with others, and by participating in many evangelism activities including Cursillo, Justice for All, and Brothers in Blue prison ministry. Delbert was blessed with a living faith that greatly affected others around him, and established a foundation for the faith that his children have instilled in their families.

On September 16, 2016, the Lord called Delbert home and perfected his faith at the age of 69 after a courageous battle with cancer. Left to cherish his memory is his bride Betty and their four children: Deanne and Bryan Dekkers of Hawarden, IA and their three children, Sara, Jenna, and Luke; Brian and Jill (Rozeboom) Zwart of Sioux Center, IA and their two children, Ashley and Kate; Jana and Chad Vink of Pella, IA and their four children, Elizabeth, Josiah, Juliana, and Joshua; Joni and Shannon Faber of Inwood, IA and their four children, Breanna, Brayden, Ayla, and Aspen.

He also leaves behind four brothers, Ronald (Ruth) Zwart, Merlin (Bev) Zwart, Verlyn (Donna) Zwart, Gerald (Jane) Zwart, and a sister Julie (Lou) Wynia and two brothers-in-law, Richard (Karen) Van Noort, and Allen (Orlene) Van Noort, many nieces, nephews, and their extended families. Preceding him in death were his parents, Edward and Wilhelmina (Minnie) Zwart.


5:00 - 7:00 p.m. ,Monday, September 19, 2016
Hawarden Christian Reformed Church
1515 16th Street Hawarden, Iowa, Sioux 51023

Funeral Service

10:00 a.m. ,Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Hawarden Christian Reformed Church
1515 16th Street Hawarden, Iowa, Sioux 51023

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Betty: I only had the chance to know Delbert a few short years. However, in that time his faith in Jesus Christ (both in his words and actions) was an encouragement and inspiration to me. I thank Delbert and you for that example. When I think about Delbert, I am reminded of what the apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that daya"and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing".
I hope these words can bring you a sense of peace and hope during this difficult time.

Rick Wiggs Sep 20 2016 12:00 AM

My verse of the day on the 16th was- In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Romans 8:26 NIV We rejoice with the confident hope that Delbert had and shared but it hurts to let him go. He was and is a dear brother and look forward to spending a lot of time with him in the time to come. Praying for Betty and the kids Grace and Peace in abundance.

Norlyn Van Beek Sep 20 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. But rejoicing in the Lord 's provision of heaven, to those who placed their faith in him.

Karen Whitt Sep 20 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.

Kraig & Jana Van Hulzen

Kraig Van Hulzen Sep 20 2016 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy in this great loss. Thanking God with you for the life of this Godly uncle.

Marlin and Kerry Breems Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM

Zwart family,

Grace and peace to you all as you grieve Delbert's death, give thanks for his life, rejoice in his eternal life, and hope to see him again, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Cory & Arla Van Sloten Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM

Deanne and family so very sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace in your time of sorrow.

Teri Chaffin Sep 18 2016 12:00 AM

Sending love from Canada. Wishing you peace this week. I fondly remember your family and how you made me feel part of the family while I was at Dordt.

Michelle Diemer Sep 18 2016 12:00 AM

Sending love and hugs to all during this very difficult time.
Nancy and Family

Nancy Gogerty Sep 17 2016 12:00 AM