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Doon, IA: James Koedam, Jr., 89, of Doon, Iowa died Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley. Funeral services will be Monday, January 30, at 10:30 AM at Heritage Reformed Congregation of Hull with Rev. Bartel Elshout officiating. Burial will be held at 2:00 PM at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with family present, will be Sunday, January 29, from 3:00-5:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley.
James Koedam, Jr., son of James and Marie (Van Ginkel) Koedam Sr., was born on November 21, 1927 on the family farm near Doon, Iowa. James attended country school district #2 and graduated from 8th grade. James married Wilma Burgers on January 2, 1947, at Wilma’s parent’s home in Rock Valley. To this union five children were born, James, Gary, Marsha, Wanda, and Rhonda. Together the family lived and farmed near Doon. They moved into Doon in 1972 when Gary and his wife Lorna, moved out to the farm. James continued farming until retiring in 1982, although even after retirement he continued to help on the farm as he could. The couple moved to Aspen Heights in Hull, Iowa on June 16, 2016, and on August 6, 2016, Jim moved into Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.
James enjoyed going to various sale barns a few times a week and buying cattle. He and Wilma loved spending time wintering in Mesa, Arizona, which they did for 22 years. James served as a school director at the country school, he was a school board member at Central Lyon, Farmers Elevator board member, and was a member of Heritage Reformed Congregation in Hull, where he served as a deacon.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Wilma Koedam; four children, James M. (Nina) Koedam, Gary (Lorna) Koedam, both of Doon, Marsha (Dennis) Kelderman of Hull, and Rhonda (Glenn) Postma of Doon; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild; brother, Bill (Everdena) Koedam of Rock Valley; and four sisters-in-law, Nina Koedam of Rock Valley, Jennie Clark of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Grace Boeve of Luverne, Minnesota, and Marge Burgers of Inwood, Iowa.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Marie; daughter, Wanda Jean; grandson, Jamie Koedam; great-grandson, Jesse Doorenbos; sister, Gertrude Den Boer; brothers, Edwin Koedam and child Edwin Koedam; ten brothers-in-law; and 6 sisters-in-law.
Visitation3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ,Sunday, January 29, 2017
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247
Funeral Service10:30 AM ,Monday, January 30, 2017
Heritage Reformed Congregation
1204 3rd Street Hull, Iowa, Sioux 51239
So very sorry for the loss of Uncle Jim. Sorry I will not be able to attend the service but will try to watch as much as I can. I always loved Jim's voice and his laugh. Prayers for comfort. Give yourselves time to grieve.It helps the healing.
Wilma Romereim Jan 29 2017 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. Keep close as a family. Know you will miss him so much. Hang onto the great memories you have. You are in my prayers. Lovingly, Carol Hieronymus
Carol Hieronymus Jan 29 2017 12:00 AM
My sympathies are with you all. Uncle Jim and Aunt Wilma were both very good to me during a very difficult time in my life and provided me with a very important and helpful support and love during that time. I am very thankful to them both.
Neal (Bill) Burgers Jan 27 2017 12:00 AM
You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear father. May God bless your family and give you strength and guide you.
Norm and Dorothy Jongetjes Jan 26 2017 12:00 AM
Please accept our deepest sympathy to you at this time. Uncle Jim was a wonderful person and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead.
Jayd, Missy, Reese and Cameron Borman
Missy Borman Jan 26 2017 12:00 AM