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Henry Feekes

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ROCK VALLEY, IOWA – Henry Feekes, 100, of Rock Valley, passed away on Friday, October 30, 2020 at the Faith Lutheran Home in Osage, Iowa, where he had resided since September 18th of this year.

   Private family service will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley with Rev. Harlan De Jong officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Cemetery. Public viewing, with no family present, will be on Wednesday, November 4th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home.

  The service will be livestreamed on Henry’s obituary page on the funeral home website.

   In lieu of flowers, Henry’s family hopes that you will make memorial donations in his honor to the Rock Valley Food Pantry, to assist those in need.

   Henry Feekes was born February 8, 1920 on the farm 2 miles north of Carmel, Iowa, the son of John and Henrietta (Van de Vooren) Feekes. He attended Plato #4 Country School.

   Henry married Cynthia De Zeeuw on February 21, 1941 on the De Zeeuw Family Farm near Rock Valley, Iowa. Together they farmed southwest of Rock Valley for 42 years, until moving into town on December 12, 1982. Cynthia died September 12, 2012. Henry remained living on his own until moving to the Faith Lutheran Home in Osage, Iowa on the 18th of September 2020.

   Henry was a member of the Carmel Reformed Church and after marriage became a member of the First Reformed Church in Rock Valley, where he served on the Consistory as an Elder. He was artistic, having taken first place in a county competition during the Great Depression, and still coloring pictures while living at the Faith Lutheran Home. Henry loved to fish and do woodworking, and keeping his lawn mowed and neat. He will always be remembered for saying, “I love you more”.

   He is survived by their four children: Glenda (Harold) Jacobsma of Luverne, Minnesota, Ron (Heidi) Feekes of Osage, Iowa, Dennis (Carol) Feekes of Rock Valley, and Bev (Bryan) Gerritson of Orange City, Iowa; 15 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

   Henry was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cynthia; brother, Ted Feekes; 2 sisters, Katherine Vander Vliet and Marian Schoep; a grandson, Bradley Dale Jacobsma; and a great-granddaughter, Mila Ann Kadavy.

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Milo and I would like to share our sympathy in the loss of your Dad & Grandpa. What a milestone to have lived to the age of 100! I always remember Uncle Henry as being a quiet, respectful, and very caring man. He will certainly be missed. May you feel God's loving arms around you, and may that bring you comfort and peace. Love to all of you. Milo and Nancy Van Dyke

Milo and Nancy Van Dyke Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to you Bev, Dennis, Ron, and Glenda and spouses and grandchildren. Leland and I had a wonderful visit with your parents not long before your mom passed away. We took our Mom down to Iowa to visit them. My parents enjoyed fishing with yours as well. May God give comfort.

Linda Vanderaa Nov 3 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to your family Denny and Carol as well as your other siblings and families.

Kay L Kosters Nov 3 2020 12:00 AM

Remembering the fun times Henry & Cynthia spent with John & Jeanette. They loved to fish and play cards together.
Great memories
Dave & Doris Wesselink

DORIS WESSELINK Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM

Henry, Cynthia and family were great neighbors. Many good memories and Cynthia made the best jelly sandwiches.

David Ranschau Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM