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Jacob Oostra

Rock Valley, Iowa: Jacob “Jake” Oostra, 85, of Rock Valley died Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley. The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley with Rev. Matthew Haan officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery. Visitaton with the family present will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, October 26, 2015 at Porter Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be left online at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Jake Oostra was born February 26, 1930 in Hull, Iowa to John and Kate (Van Surksum) Oostra. Jake was united in marriage to Teresa De Ruyter on February 24, 1950. Together the couple made their home near Rock Valley and filled it with three children. Jake worked as a livestock dealer for nearly 50 years before retiring. He always enjoyed his annual fishing trips with the Oostra clan, and planting and caring for his large vegetable gardens. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and were often found on his lap, even late into their teenage years. Jake will forever be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his great example of hard work and his Christian faith.

Jake is survived by his wife of 65 years, Teresa; children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. Daughter: Shonna (Jerry) Plasier – Teresa (Russ) Wessling – Alicia and Jackie; Aimee (Jeff) Heide – Kalie, Kelsie, Alex, Danielle, Jeffrey and Adam; and Holly (John) Rotach – Lilly and Ian. Son: Stan (Lori) Oostra – Jesse (Sara) Hurt – Haley, Parker, and Eli; Jacob (Jessica) Oostra – Jazlynn; Jason, and Jordan. Special friend of the family: Titus Drenth. Siblings: Mary Grooters of Hull, Iowa; William (Lois) Oostra of Winneconne, Wisconsin; Andrew (Wilmina) Oostra of Rock Valley, Iowa; and Robert (Muriel) Oostra of Hull, Iowa; and sister-in-law, Alice Oostra of Lynden, Washington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jay Oostra (March 15, 2015); siblings, Andrew Oostra, Berdina (Gerrit) Van Maanen, John (Elizabeth) Oostra, Richard (Geraldine) Oostra, Ralph (Cynthia and Henrietta) Oostra, Marinus Oostra, Ruth (Gerrit) Van Engen, Gerald (Gert) Oostra; and brother-in-law, Ray Grooters.

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Dear Teresa and family,
Please accept our condolences with the loss of Jake. Our sympathies are with you and your family. Love Moniek and Sybren (sister of Titus and son)

Moniek Drenth Oct 28 2015 12:00 AM

Teresa~Shonna~ Stan~ and all the rest of your bunch, we are thinking of you today as you go through one of the hardest days of your life! We pray for Gods comfort and guidance during this time and forever. Sending our hugs, and wished we could be there! Love Ya All!

Oostras Oct 27 2015 12:00 AM

Stan, our sympathies are with you and your family. You were very lucky to have such a great father.

Paul & Erin McGill

Paul & Erin McGill Oct 26 2015 12:00 AM

Stan, Our sympathy goes out to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Curt & Sandra Kooima

Curt Kooima Oct 26 2015 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies,he was a very special man! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Bonita Jacobsma Zschetzsche Oct 26 2015 12:00 AM

Stan and Family - my condolences on the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Dawn Gildemeister Geerdes Oct 26 2015 12:00 AM