Cornelis "Corky" Havelaar (1924 - 2014)

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Cornelis (Corky) Havelaar

Cornelis (Corky) Havelaar, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 under hospice care at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Mon., Feb. 3 at Canton United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-5 pm, with family present from 2-4 pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Corky was born December 22, 1924 near Inwood, IA to Dick and Gertrude (De Bruin) Havelaar. He attended several schools while his family lived on various farms in IA and SD. Corky enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served as a paratrooper during WWII. After being discharged, he returned to the Hudson, SD area to begin farming.

Corky married Bertha Koopsma on January 15, 1947 in Canton, SD. Bertha died of cancer on December 11, 1973. On July 25, 1975 Corky married Gertrude Bakker Everhart. They farmed until moving to Canton in 1983.

He was a member of the VFW, DAV, Canton Optimist Club, and Historical Society. Corky was voted "Citizen of the Year" by the Canton Chamber of Commerce in 1990.

Corky is survived by his wife, Gertrude; daughters- Donna (Rollie) VerWey, Sioux Falls, SD and Kathleen (Merlin) Halma, Inwood, IA; son-in-law, Jonn Byre, Sioux Falls, SD; step-children- Marla (Bill) Gerritsen, Inwood, IA, Myrna (Rick) Jones, Sioux Falls, SD, Mark Everhart, Canton, SD and Madonna (Ken) Putnam, Marion, IA; sisters- Grace (Harvey) Brevik, Buffalo, MN, June (Allen) Carlson, Omaha, NE and Rose (Orian) Hawkins, Rapid City, SD; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha; daughter, Julie Byre; parents; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed towards the Canton United Methodist Church Prayer Garden.

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Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 31, 2014
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