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Earl Kooi

Ireton, Iowa~ Earl Kooi, 93, of Hawarden, Iowa formerly of Ireton, Iowa, went to meet his savior on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Hillcrest Healthcare Center in Hawarden.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Ireton Christian Reformed Church in Ireton, Iowa with Revs. Bob Pollema and Norlyn Van Beek officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Christian Reformed Church in Ireton. The Porter Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The family prefers memorials be given to the Ireton Christian School.
Earl Kooi, son of Benart and Lura (Brown) Kooi, was born November 22, 1921. He lived in Sioux County his entire life. Earl worked for his father on the Kooi farm west of Lebanon and married Henrietta (Toots) Koopmans December 22, 1941 near Ireton. They farmed a few miles northwest of Lebanon the early years and eventually moved to Aunt Etti (Brown) Galbraith’s farm in Eagle Township. Their last farm was purchased from Uncle Harley Brown. Jacob Brown, Earl’s maternal grandfather, originally owned the Galbraith and Brown farms. Earl retired in 1989, moved to Ireton, and was thrilled to drive equipment for family and friends, along with woodworking projects. Repairing sewing machines and assembling Hope Haven wheel chairs was another joyful outlet. Later Henrietta and he moved to the Pioneer Home in Orange City with final years at Hillcrest in Hawarden. Henrietta went to glory on November 7, 2014, and Earl went to meet his savior as well on July 29, 2015.
Earl loved his family and farming. The kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren were a special joy to him throughout his entire life.
He is survived by one son and five daughters and their spouses, Lorna and Harold Vander Vliet of Rock Valley, IA., Fred and Dori Kooi of Meridianville, AL., Beverly Dekkers of Fargo, ND., Donna and Duane Beekhuizen of Council Bluffs, IA., Carmen and Kelly Noteboom of Ireton, and Barb and Alan Dykshorn of Sioux Center, IA.; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, Esther Vander Plas of LeMars, IA., Margaret Dickerson of Oskaloosa, IA., Joyce Van Wyk of Pella, IA., and Florence Blom of Ellisville, MS.; 2 sisters-in-law, Tillie Kooi of Rock Valley, IA. and Leona Koopmans of Ireton, IA.; Henrietta’s step sibling, Bernard and Vi Elgersma of Leota, MN.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Henrietta; brother, Lewis Kooi; sister, Ruth Kooi; brothers-in-law, Roy Vander Plas, Lloyd Dickerson, Delmar Van Wyk, and Robert Blom; and Henrietta’s family, her parents, Fred and Anna (Vander Ven) Koopmans; step father, Andrew Elgersma; brothers and sisters, Margaret and Harm Ten Napel, Charles and Viola Koopmans, William and Dorothy Koopmans, Jeanette and Andrew Anema, Henry Koopmans, Marie Koopmans, and Arven Koopmans; step siblings, Annie De Vries, William and Jo Elgersma, Asa Elgersma, and Jennie Elgersma.


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ,Sunday, August 2, 2015
Ireton Christian Reformed Church
301 Maple Street Ireton, Iowa 51027

Funeral Service

10:30 a.m. ,Monday, August 3, 2015
Ireton Christian Reformed Church
301 Maple Street Ireton, Iowa 51027

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Dear Family of Earl,
Our sympathy to you in the passing of Earl. What a great legacy Earl and Toots have left for you. What wonderful humble servants of God they were. We will never forget their kindness and hospitality. Our love to you! Marion and Jan Van Soelen, Hull, IA

Marion Van Soelen Jul 31 2015 12:00 AM

I just have to share this memory with you. When Tom and I first started dating I invited him to our family get together on New Years day in Ireton. He was expecting a 'lunch at my Aunt's house'.....not a HUGE family gathering! (His family apparently did not do that kind of thing :)
While we were sitting there (Tom overwhelmed) Uncle Earl came over and laughed and said "Don't let this scare you away!"....I was embarrassed, Tom didn't know what to say.....after only 2 mos of dating it was a bit awkward! But....as we are looking at 25 years of marriage next Tuesday...this memory always makes me smile! Hugs to you all and I hope this makes you smile as well! He was a wonderful man! God Bless!

Jodi (DeGroot) Holman Jul 31 2015 12:00 AM

Barb, Alan and families,
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you..

Karen & Glen Jul 31 2015 12:00 AM