George Flikkema, at the age of 92 years old, went to be with his Lord on Jan. 7, 2013. He was born on Feb. 8, 1920 to Menko and Anna (Vrieling) Flikkema, in Bozeman.
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George received his education in the Vincent and Little Holland Schools in the Manhattan area. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army for nearly four years. He along with other young men from the Gallatin Valley served with distinction in the 124th Quarter Master Bakery Company as a Corporal in North Africa, Corsica, and Italy.
After the war, George married Dorothy Kimm on Dec. 19, 1945. He spent his working years as a dairy farmer, farming three different farms all within a few miles of Churchill. In his retirement, until age 89, George continued to assist his son, Karl, and grandson, Mike, in their farming operations.
George also served as a deacon and an elder in both Manhattan and Bethel Christian Reformed Churches. He helped to begin the Bethel church as he served for a time in the councils of both the Manhattan and Bethel churches. In his own quiet and reserved manner he contributed to the development of his community. His lifelong belief and passion was that his only comfort in life and death is that he belonged, body and soul, to his faithful Savior Jesus Christ. (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day I)
George is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Melvin (Carol) Flikkema of Grand Rapids, Mich., Karl (Doris) Flikkema of Manhattan, Mont., Joyce Kelly of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Beverly (Dean) Walhof of Orange City, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother, Albert (Audrey) Flikkema; sisters, Agnes (Dave) Hoekema, Fenna (Pete) Kimm, and Jean Van Dyken and brothers-in-law, Pierre Hoekema and Harold (Dorothea) Kimm; and sisters-in-law, Winnie Flikkema, Corneilia Vander Molen, Irene Kimm, Evelyn Triemstra, Evelyn Kimm, Elinor Vander Ark, and Joanne (Will) Alberda.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John Flikkema, Maynard Flikkema, Garret Flikkema, Phillip Flikkema; sister, Audrey Hoekema; brother and sisters-in-law, Henry Triemstra, Wilbur Kimm, John and Marion LeFebre, Jay VanderArk, and Dave and Helene Hathaway, as well as a great-grandson, Tristan.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Interment will be at Churchill Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.
Memorials may be made to the Wycliffe Bible Translators, PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200, Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Dr., Bozeman, MT 59718, or a charitable organization of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 9, 2013