Henry Koetsier Sr. The Lord opened His arms and welcomed our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend through His heavenly gates on November 29th, 2012. Henry was born to John and Christina Koetsier on July 8, 1928 in Holland, the second oldest of eight children. Henry is survived by his wife of 61 loving years, Margie Koetsier, his six children, John, Christina (John Frings), Margie (David Oliver), Ronald (Beth), Henry Jr. (Brenda), Thomas (Jackie), his 25 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. His brothers, John, Gerard, Jake and his sisters, Marie and Christine, also survive him. His parents John and Christina also his sister, Annie and brother Tony preceded him. In 1947 at the age of 18 he took a huge leap of faith and came to America alone without even English to rely on. His uncle who lived in California sponsored him to come to America on the Queen Elizabeth. Henry worked for his uncle for four years until 1951, which became a big year for Henry. After meeting the girl of his dreams Margie De Hoog he made her his wife on March 7, 1951. Also in that year he purchased his own dairy. In 1954 Henry and Margie were able to sponsor the rest of his family to join them in America. Together by the grace of God they were blessed with six children. John, Christina, Margie, Ronald, Henry Jr. and Thomas. In 1972 Henry and Margie decided to move their family to Visalia, California to start a new dairy, which is still running. Before Parkinson's disease took his ability to work Henry was one of the strongest, hardworking men any of us knew. He was often seen driving his golf cart around his dairy once he was unable to work. He was very involved in his home church, First Christian Reformed Church, where he served as a deacon and taught Sunday school for many years. His biggest joy came from being with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved bowling, skiing but most of all he loved to fish! Our fondest memories with him were enjoyed outside. His smile lit up the room and he always knew just how to make you smile no matter what kind of day you were having. His love for his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was something that can never be replaced and will never be forgotten. Henry leaves behind a legacy that will live on forever, he was a man to be admired. His love for the Lord was apparent in all that he did and will be passed on for generations to come. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel. Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the North Tulare Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Services at the First Christian Reformed Church in Visalia at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Valley Christian School Tuition Assistance Fund at 5600 W. Tulare Ave., Visalia, CA 93277.