John Triemstra (1921 - 2008)

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- John Triemstra, 86, of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away in his sleep on March 8, 2008. He was born May 3, 1921, to Thomas and Mina (Brouwer) Triemstra of Amsterdam and attended Anceny School.

He worked for his father on their farm until enlisting in the Army during World War II. He served four years in Europe. After the war, he farmed and then worked for AT&T (later U.S. West) until his retirement.

John was devoted to his family and appreciated music, sometimes serving as a soloist at weddings. In his too-infrequent spare time, he enjoyed fly fishing and the outdoors, having the ability to spot mallards or mountain sheep at great distances. Gardening gave him pleasure and relaxation; even when he could not actively garden, he had a few planters of flowers. He also enjoyed attending MSU football and basketball games.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 61 years, Winifred (Van Dyk) of Grand Rapids; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Herm DeHaan; grandsons and granddaughters, Michael, Andy and Jennifer (Hindenach) and Julie; a great-granddaughter, Madelynn, who was the delight of his last years; and a daughter, Linda, all from the grater Grand Rapids area.

Other survivors are a sister-in-law, Evelyn Triemstra of Bozeman; a sister and brother-in-law, Wilbur and Alice Dyk of Amsterdam; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Arnold and Elsie Van Dyk, of Spokane, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Neal and Cecil; sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and John Kamps; brother, Henry; infant sister, Helen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jacob and Sadie Braaksma; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Margaret (Marge) Van Dyk.

Services will be held at Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford, Mich., with interment in Rockford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Holland Home in Grand Rapids, Hospice of Michigan in Grand Rapids or the American Heart Association.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 9, 2008
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