Lloyd Flikkema (1922 - 2015)

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Lloyd Flikkema passed away peacefully on July 29, 2015 at the age of 92. He was welcomed into heaven by his Redeemer. He lived a full, active and contented life as the patriarch of the Flikkema family.

Lloyd was born December 17, 1922 in Spijk, Groningen, Netherlands. During World War II, he went into hiding to escape being taken by the German Army for work in their war factories. During this time he lived in southern Holland and met his future wife, Frieda Esselink. In 1949, Lloyd immigrated to Manhattan, Montana with his wife, Frieda and oldest son, Clarence. Four more children, Liz, Gary, Stan and Ted, were born in Montana. In 1972, Frieda passed away at the age of 50, and Lloyd then married Wilma Sinnema in 1973 and children Shelley, Lee, Terry, Tami and Bonnie joined the family.

His vocations included working as a bike repairman in his teenage years, transit bus driver, carpenter and dairy farmer. During his lifetime he was also involved in the Manhattan Christian Reformed Church council, Manhattan Christian School board and the Safeway Milk Producers board. His hobbies, besides farming, included skiing, snowshoeing, working on stained glass projects, and traveling, especially to Hawaii.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Klaas and Tietje (Huisman) Flikkema; wife, Frieda Esselink; infant daughter, Elizabeth; stepson, Lee Sinnema; brother, Jan Flikkema; sister, Tietje den Otter; sisters-in-law, Jopie Esselink and Antje Flikkema; brothers-in-law, Johan Freriks, Gerrit VanderBerg, Klaas Vos, and Harm Reinder Bleeker. Surviving family members include his wife, Wilma (Cok) Sinnema; children, Clary (Joyce) Flikkema, Liz Flikkema, Gary (Beverly) Flikkema, Stan (Susan) Flikkema, Ted (Tami) Flikkema, Shelley (Dave) Venema, Cynde (Sinnema) Hertzog, Terry (Tami) Sinnema, and Bonnie (Jim) Potts; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; sisters, Fenna Vos, Jantje VanderBerg, Agnes Flikkema, Willy Bleeker, Joanne (Klaas) Kloosterhof; brothers, Mike (Shirley) Flikkema, Dick (Fran) Flikkema, Menco (Jannie) Flikkema, Klaas (Trijnie) Flikkema, and Hans (Miranda) Flikkema; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Pleun den Otter, Theo (Dinie) Esselink, Johan Esselink, Ali Freriks, John (Linda) Esselink, Lise (Chris) van Rossem, Jake (Nell) Cok, and John (Barb) Cok.

Thank you to the staff and nurses of Rocky Mountain Hospice and Park Haven for their wonderful care, concern and commitment during the last two months of Lloyd's life. Memorials in Lloyd Flikkema's name can be made to Manhattan Christian School, 8000 Churchill Rd., Manhattan, MT 59741; Park Haven Retirement Home, 100 Hamilton Court, Manhattan, MT 59741; and Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Dr. #5, Bozeman, MT 59718.

Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. at Churchill Cemetery. Memorial Services will follow at 11 a.m. at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.

"The Lord is My Shepherd"

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 2, 2015
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