Forrest  Roorda


Forrest David Roorda was born July 4, 1925, to Epke Gerrit and Emma Marie (Boot) Roorda, in Marion County, Iowa.

Forrest was raised in the Otley area where he attended school through the eighth grade. On December 16, 1948, he was united in marriage to Gerdena Van Hemert, at her mother's home. Forrest and Gerdena were members of Otley Reformed Church, where he was on the consistory, and sang in the men's chorus. Faith and spiritual well-being were very important to him, regular worship attendance and Sunday observance. He and his wife were active in church activities, visited shut-ins and the sick.
Throughout his career, Forrest farmed, worked in construction with his brother Edgar, did factory maintenance for Vermeer Manufacturing for 25 years, and worked for De Ruiter Lawn and Garden for 18 years.

Forrest is survived by his six children: Gloria and Ken Van Zee of Pella, Marcia and Ron Schut of Pella, Doug and Ruth Roorda of Lake Ozark, Missouri, Jan and Dave Erickson of Pella, Barb and Craig Maasdam of Sully, and Darel Roorda of Holland, Michigan; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gerdena, his parents Epke and Emma, his parents-in-law Ed and Gertie (De Penning) Van Hemert, and his siblings: Melvin Gerrit Roorda, Erma Helen (Roorda) De Vries, Edgar John Roorda and Robert Adrian Roorda.
He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
Funeral services were held on July 20, at the Otley Reformed Church. Memorials may be given to Otley Reformed Church or Hospice of Pella. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Published on July 17, 2019
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