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Joe Kooima

Rock Valley, Iowa – Joe Elmer Kooima, 89, of Rock Valley, died on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Doon United Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa with Rev. Mike Molenaar officiating. Private family burial at Valley View Cemetery in Rock Valley will precede the service. Visitation with the family will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley.

Joe Elmer Kooima was born June 3, 1928 near Rock Valley, Iowa, the son of Johannes “Joe” and Alice (Schreuder) Kooima. He married Elsie Gaalswyk on February 10, 1950 at the First Reformed Church in Rock Valley. They farmed west of Rock Valley and moved into town in 1991. While in town, Elmer continued to farm. He also enjoyed hauling grain for his boys and fixing radiators with his son-in-law. But he still found time to drink coffee with his friends.

Elmer was a Deacon and Elder at the First Reformed Church and currently a member of the United Reformed Church in Doon. He loved the Lord and would read daily devotions. He was a man with great patience and his family meant everything to him. Elmer enjoyed bowling, camping, and telling stories. He loved to visit and could make anyone feel special.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie; children, Joel and wife Faye of Rock Valley, Bertha and husband Gerald Van Den Top of Doon, Iowa, Arlan and wife Cora of Canton, South Dakota, and Kathy and husband Henry Vande Vegte of Rock Valley; 17 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Michael Kooima of Arlan and Cora; brother, Henry and his wife Grace; and 3 sisters, Tena De Smit and husband Leonard, Coba Vanden Berg and husband Ben, and Anna Jansen and husband Gerrit.

Visitation with the family

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM ,Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

Memorial Service

11:00 AM ,Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Doon United Reformed Church
608 Rice Avenue Doon, Iowa 51235

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Our thoughts and prayers to the Kooima family. Uncle Elmer was glad to see and visit with us, whenever we came out to Iowa. Jason has fond memories of him while growing up. We will miss him.

Jason & Joy DeSmit Jan 31 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry to see us lose such a wonderful and sweet man. My folks thought of him as a brother, and we enjoyed those years of being a neighbor. I'm glad we stopped by to see the family a few years ago. He will be missed....

Harold Vogelzang Jan 30 2018 12:00 AM

Elsie, So sorry for your loss. Sorry I cannot drop in to personally express my condolences. I know you have prepared yourself for this, but now it is real and that is hard. Look to the God of all comfort to give you comfort and be with you in the hard days. And we give thanks that Elmer can be rejoicing with the Lord, and we know that through Christ Jesus we too shall be gathered together with the saints in the presence of Christ.

Keep the faith until we meet at Jesus feet.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Simon Lievaart

Simon Lievaart Jan 30 2018 12:00 AM

Elsie, Kathy & Amy,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Grandpa Kooima. Such a kind, loving, and gentle man. Our prayers to your family. Gretta, Dan, Matthew & Jacob Van Schepen

Gretta & Dan Van Schepen Jan 30 2018 12:00 AM

My sympathy to the Kooima family on the passing of Elmer.

I have to share one of my favorite memories of Elmer and Elsie. The Kooimas went to my parents house to celebrate New Year's Dec. 31, 1999. The normal crew was together to play games and have lunch as they saw the new year in. This particular year there was quite a bit of discussion about Y2K. Would the power go off? Would this? Would that? There were varying opinions of what would happen in 2000.

We were having lunch as we waited for the ball to drop. At midnight, I turned off the light switch of the kitchen so the lights went off. Elmer said "see there we go already." Elmer soon realized that the lights were still on in the living room and the TV was still on. We all had a good laugh.

Not long ago, I talked to Elmer and he brought up the story of the lights going off and again we had a good laugh.

Praying for you.

Bill B. Boer Jan 29 2018 12:00 AM