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Monday December 22nd, 2014
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Ric Kooistra

Rock Valley, IA: Ric Kooistra, age 50, of Rock Valley, Iowa died Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, at 10:30 AM at Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley with Pastors Stanley Groothof and Dan De Groot officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held after the service at Valley View Cemetery. Visitation, with family present, will be Friday, February 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Trinity Christian Reformed Church. Memorials may be given to Hope Haven International.

Richard Gale Kooistra, son of Erwin and Alma Kooistra, was born June 20, 1966, at Rock Rapids, Iowa. Ric grew up in various locations in the Rock Valley area. He attended Rock Valley Christian School and Western Christian High School, graduating in 1984. Following graduation from high school, Ric joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed at various locations in the US, and did an overseas assignment at Comiso Air Station on the island of Sicily. He was honorably discharged in 1988.

Following discharge from the military, Ric took employment at the South Dakota State Penitentiary for several years. He then moved back to Rock Valley where he was employed for a time at Valley Machining and eventually at Hope Haven International, where he supervised inmates and volunteers in the refurbishing of wheelchairs for distribution all around the world. He was married briefly, and developed close relationships with his step-children, Carley, Daniel and Daley Hoogendoorn. Ric’s favorite things were his family, gospel music, time with youth from the church and the Minnesota Vikings.

Ric is survived by his parents, his brothers Sean (Amy) Kooistra of Tea, South Dakota and their children Kelci, Jocelyn and Hannah; Stacy (Anna) Kooistra of Brandon, South Dakota and their children Isabel, Oscar, Owen and Emmett; Kari (Chris) Fear of Salina, Kansas and their children Alix, Emma, and Madison.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Fannie Kooistra and Frank and Berdella De Boer; his cousins Barb Brummel, Kurt and Brian Kooistra, and Connie Courtright. Blessed be his memory.


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ,Friday, February 17, 2017
Trinity Christian Reformed Church
2020 8th Street Southeast Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

Funeral Service

10:30 AM ,Saturday, February 18, 2017
Trinity Christian Reformed Church
2020 8th Street Southeast Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

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Alma, I was so sorry to hear that you lost your son. My heart, and my prayers for God's comfort, go out to you and your family.

Audrey Metzger Feb 20 2017 12:00 AM

I got to know Dusty at many area Gospel music sings. He had a great voice and was always ready to fill in if someone was late for their time slot. He always had a smile on his face and a song in his heart and on his lips. I always wanted to try a duet with him. We never did one. Guess I'll have to wait and do it in Heaven. My sympathies to the family. He will be missed.

Jake Van Den Hul Feb 19 2017 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers.

Kris Fjellanger Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of working with Ric years ago at SDSP. What a great guy. He will be missed. Thought and Prayers to Him and his family.

Matt Levisay Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

What a blessing God gave to all of us with the life of Ric. He was an awesome person and a great friend. He will be missed greatly. May God be with the entire Kooistra family. May he strengthen and comfort you during this time.

Kevin Van Engen Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

Stacy and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I understand what you are going through with the loss of a sibling as I have also experienced this as well. One thing death can not take from us is the sweet memories of our loved one. Cherish all the memories, and keep them close in your heart. Peace to you and your family during this most difficult time.

Jana Hanisch Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear this news.... Dusty was a great guy..I had the pleasure of working with and alongside him as a corrections officer... He will truly be missed.

Wayne Fischbach Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

I sure will miss you Dusty, I really enjoyed all the times in P.I.

James Elledge Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

It's so hard to let you go , your life touched many people, BUT God took you home and God's plans are perfect. Miss you cousin Ric.

Fonda Van Beek Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to my Kooistra Family. Ric will be greatly missed.

Beth and Tony Gray Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

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