Rock Valley, IA: Donald Driesen, 79, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 15, at 2:00 PM at Trinity Christian Reformed Church of Rock Valley with Rev. Henry Lengkeek officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Friday, December 14, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Trinity CRC. Memorials may be given to Justice For All or Rock Valley Christian School.
Donald Driesen, son of Bert and Jennie (De Boer) Driesen, was born May 30, 1939 in Rock Valley, Iowa. Don attended Rock Valley Christian School and graduated from Western Christian High School. He served his country as a member of the National Guard. On October 12, 1962, Don was united in marriage with Donna Noteboom in Orange City, Iowa. Together the couple lived four miles south of Rock Valley where Don was the 3rd generation to farm the home place until he and Donna moved into town in 2004.
Their years raising their family on the farm were filled with chores, sports, school/church activities, and memorable family vacations. After retiring, God allowed him to beat a serious illness that let him repeat these activities with his grandchildren, and take many memorable trips with Donna.
While living in Rock Valley, Don spent many hours volunteering for Justice For All. He was also a founding member of Trinity Christian Reformed Church where he served as an Elder and Deacon. Don enjoyed golf, traveling, and in his younger years, playing softball.
Don is survived by his wife of 56 years, Donna; four children, Robert (Cheryl) Driesen of Ireton, Iowa, Scott (Peggy) Driesen of Sioux Center, Iowa, David (Denise) Driesen of Orange City, Iowa, and Sandra (Craig) De Haan of Orange City; 16 grandchildren, Michayla, Jade, Sterling, Lydia, and Betsy Driesen; Anika and Marissa Driesen; Drew (Dana), Darienne, Devyn, Dacey, and Daelyn Driesen; Dalton, Paxton, Chadon, and Jazlin De Haan; 6 siblings, Harold (June) Driesen of Rock Valley, Bernard (Margaret) Driesen of Hull, Helen Remmerde of Aumsville, Oregon, Carol (Rodney) Sandbulte of Rock Valley, Marion Driesen of Oostburg, Wisconsin, and Diane (Harry) Rozeboom of Rock Valley; and mother-in-law, Bernice Noteboom of Orange City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Jennie; sister, Elaine Van Otterloo; brother, Gene Driesen; father-in-law, Hubert Noteboom; and brothers-in-law, Ken Remmerde, Lee Blankers, and Gary Vander Wilt.