Floyd Stanley DeHaai

Floyd Stanley DeHaai, 85

Floyd Stanley DeHaai, 85, of Lafayette, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at IU Health Arnett Hospital. Floyd was born to Cornelius and Harriet (Scholten) on May 10, 1928 in Corsica, South Dakota. He attended the county school in Aurora, South Dakota and was a farmer most of his life until he moved the family to Lafayette in November of 1961. Floyd worked construction and later owned-DeHaai Construction Inc. and worked in the community from 1961 to 1993. Floyd married Bette Lou Malady on June 22, 1948 in Aurora Center, South Dakota. The last fifteen years the entire family has gathered at the homestead campgrounds to celebrate their life together. Floyd and Bette renewed their vows at this site in 2008 to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Floyd attended Dayton United Methodist Church, Dayton, IN. He also enjoyed working with different charities for the Boys and Girls Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing his harmonica and singing to the children. Floyd also loved fishing, taking care of his lawn, and gardening and also doing jigsaw puzzles. Floyd will be remembered for his gentle kind spirit and he was a loving Husband, Dad and Grandpa. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Pearl (Jasper) Bruinsma, Hazel (Carl) Dexter, Ernest (Nellie) DeHaai, Frances (Adrian) Hansum, Alvin (Margaret) DeHaai and Ray DeHaai, and 1 granddaughter, Jessica Lou Taylor. Floyd is survived by his loving wife, Bette Lou, and 5 children, Jerry (Vicki) DeHaai, Vicki DeHaai, Judy (Tony) Rice, Ronda DeHaai, and Terry (Kelly) DeHaai, 13 grandchildren, Sonja Darter, Valarie Stout, Joe, Jeremy, Jeff DeHaai, Weston Rice, Nicole (Minniear) Bacon, Craig Rice, Michelle Fletcher, Amanda (Taylor) Ogilvy, Becca Taylor, Ashley and Brandon King, 28 great-grandchildren, brothers, Sylvan (Nadene) DeHaai, and Wesley (Jean) DeHaai and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday, February 3, 2014 from 12 pm till the service at 2 pm at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, 1718 W. 350 N., West Lafayette.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2014