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Marinus Maassen

Rock Valley, IA: Marinus Maassen, 85, of Rock Valley died Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at First Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Matthew Haan officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held prior to the funeral service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Condolences for the family may be left online at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Marinus was born December 28, 1930 east of Fairview, Iowa, the son of Henry and Jeanette (Faber) Maassen. Marinus married Jennie Kooiman on December 6, 1950 in Rock Valley. Together they made their home in Rock Valley where Marinus owned a feed grinder business. He later worked at Farmers Elevator for over 20 years as a feed truck driver. Marinus enjoyed his flower and vegetable gardens, wood carving, and landscaping. Marinus was known for his gruff exterior but soft interior. His love for his family was evident in the daily games of Wahoo with Jennie and joking around and teasing his grandchildren.

Marinus is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jennie; 8 children, Dwayne “Butch” (Karen) Maassen of Alton, Iowa, Mike (Liane) Maassen, Larry (Pam) Maassen, Brent (Carisa) Maassen all of Rock Valley, Douglas (Donna) Maassen of Albers, Illinois, Bradley Maassen (Mike Clark) of Cardiff, California, Sandi (Steve) Anderson and Leanne Koehler (fiancé, Doug Bliek) all of Rock Valley; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Alice Oostra and Cora (Minard) Van Den Top.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Peter Koehler; brother, John (Pat) Maassen; sister, Rika (Albert) Van Den Top; brother-in-law, Marinus Oostra.

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Express my Sympathies to Larry and Pam Maassen Family.

Clara Bannick Mar 16 2016 12:00 AM

Our prayers go out to the family. I will always cherish all of the Rock Valley Trips growing up.

Uncle Marinus will truly be missed.

Rodney Kooiman Mar 15 2016 12:00 AM

We are truly sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Hosman Family Mar 14 2016 12:00 AM

Posted: March 13, 2016 | Last Revised: March 13, 2016

I remember singing in the truck with him in the 60s. He was such a story teller. He was fun to argue with.

Life Story Mar 13 2016 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to you, Butch and Karen on the loss of your father.. Wonderful picture of him with the obit. Special prayers for God to be with you during this darken time of your life.... Jacque Banks Spirit Lake, Ia

jacque Banks Mar 13 2016 12:00 AM

Aunt Jenny and family We want to let you know that we are thinking of you all and praying for you. We are so glad we got to see you all a few month ago.

Ken and Elaine Oostra Mar 13 2016 12:00 AM