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John Breugem

HAWARDEN, IOWA – John Breugem, 69, of Hawarden, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020.

   Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.  A private family graveside service will take place on Saturday, April 11th at the Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden with Rev. Joshua Lowe of the Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS of Hawarden officiating. Public viewing, with no family present, and limited to 10 people at a time practicing social distancing, will be at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden from noon to 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2020. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

   John Breugem was born May 17, 1950 at Hudson, South Dakota, the son of Henry and Sadie (Keizer) Breugem. He grew up on a farm west of Hudson attending the East View country school. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1968. John married Janene Jamtgaard on August 21, 1970 and they lived in Kansas for 4 years while John served in the US Air Force. They moved to Hawarden, Iowa and John was employed at Dubuque Pack in Le Mars for 10 years. He then worked as an electrician and plumber for Jack’s service in Hawarden for 23 years. John retired in 2010 and began working for Central Catering delivering food to many senior centers in northwest Iowa.

   John was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS in Hawarden. He was an extremely devoted family man who always put his family first. He had a strong work ethic and always found a way to make things work. John dearly loved his granddaughters and treasured his time with them. He also enjoyed the long road trips he took with his beloved wife over the years. He had a great sense of humor and loved giving people a hard time, whether he knew them for years or just met them!

   John is survived by his two children, Jenifer Olsen and her husband Tom and their child Malorie Kleinhesselink and her special friend Michael Von Bank of Orange City, Iowa and JP Breugem and his wife Holly and their child Emma of Hawarden; his siblings, Martha Beer of Canton, South Dakota, Jim Breugem and wife Zoe of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Gert Scott and husband Eldred of Galt, California, Margie Jager of Rock Valley, Iowa, and Millie Sorlye and husband Ron of Hawarden; brothers-in-law, Dennis Jamtgaard and wife Paula of Grand Rapids, Minnesota and Darold Jamtgaard and wife Diane of Naples, Florida; sister-in-law, Judy Bultman of Le Mars, Iowa; and many nephews and nieces.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Sadie; wife of 39 years, Janene on September 16, 2009; brother, Jack Breugem and wife Carol; sister, Retta Anderson and husband Jerry; brothers-in-law, Ron Jager, Howard Beer, and Harlan Bultman; niece, Kathy Beer; and nephew, Wayne Beer.

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We read John's obituary in the Sioux County Capital Democrat and hereby send our condolences to John's family. He sounds like a lovely man. We are not known to the family, except perhaps by Margie Jager. I am Nella Breugem Kennedy, and met John's father (Henry, a first cousin of my father) in 1965, with my sister Lineke, who was visiting from the Netherlands. My father was Jacob Breugem, carrying the same name as Henry's father, Jacob. And the latter was no doubt named for his grandfather Jacob. Henry's father Jacob was in the Rotterdam police force (building inspector) and it was no doubt him who recommended my father to apply for training in the Rotterdam police force. Henry's father died in 1939, but in the 1930s my father and mother had regular contact with him. By that time Henry had already left the Netherlands (in 1924). My husband Bill has done extensive work on the Breugem family, and were any of the clan in Iowa interested, you can contact us at kennedy@hope.edu. We live in Holland, Michigan, now after having taught at Northwestern College in Orange City for many years.

Nella Breugem Kennedy Apr 23 2020 12:00 AM

JP & family, very sorry to hear of your loss. I will miss catching him outside when I delivered mail. Prayers for comfort and strength.

Ashley-mail carrier Apr 10 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, prayers for your family.
Sharon Utesch

Sharon Utesch Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers of peace for your family.

Sharon Utesch Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Breugem

Leann DeVries Bale Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Breugem

Ruth Koob Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Johns Family,

John was always one of my favorite customers at Jubilee. He would bring in armloads if 2L Diet Coke bottles and try to make baskets in the bottle return box.

Love, hugs, and prayers to you! And a lovely Easter he will have with Janene!

Angela Jager Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to here of John's passing. Please share our sympathy with the family.

Jim and Denise Harry Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM