Klaas Andriesen, 88, of Churchill, peacefully passed away Feb. 13, 2012, surrounded by his family. Klaas was born in Shepherd, Mont. on Oct. 12, 1923 to Oner and Cornelia (Straatsma) Andriesen.
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The day after graduation from Billings High School, Klaas joined the Army and served during World War II in the South Pacific.
After military service, the family moved to Bozeman and there he met and married, Jerita Broekema, "My darling wife."
Klaas and Jerita farmed in Three Forks for a time, and then he was employed by Van Dyken Drilling. Later, they purchased the drilling company with Bernie and Myra Westra.
He was a life-long member of the Christian Reformed Church.
After retirement in 1988, Klaas and Jerita volunteered for Wycliffe Bible Associates for twenty years during the winter months. Many wonderful vacations and reunions were enjoyed by the family and relatives.
Klaas is preceded in death by his parents, Oner and Cornelia Andriesen; and a sister, Tillie, and her husband, Dick Nydam.
He is survived by his wife, Jerita; and four daughters, Myra (Bernie) Westra, Connie (Ron) Dyk, Barb (Rich) Schemper, Claudia (Dan) Holler. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, in Churchill Cemetery, with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.
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 Feb. 16, 2012