Kenneth  Fynaardt

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Kenneth Dean Fynaardt was born on July 12, 1935, at the home of his parents', Tunis and Jacoba (Rozenboom) Fynaardt in Mahaska County, Iowa. Ken grew up with twin brothers, Leland Eugene and Leo Gerald and later his brother, Melvin Duane and sister, Carolyn Henrietta.
The family lived on a farm south of Oskaloosa, Iowa where he attended a country school until the 5th grade and he began the 6th grade at Oskaloosa Christian School in Oskaloosa. Later the family moved to a farm north of New Sharon, Iowa and Ken finished his elementary education at the Peoria Christian School in Peoria, Iowa. He then enrolled at Pella Christian High School in Pella, Iowa and following some challenges graduated with the Class of 1953.
On August 6, 1957, he and Margy Ann Nieuwsma were united in marriage at the Peoria Christian Reformed Church in Peoria, Iowa and to this union three children were born: Russell Allen, Lorraine Joy, and Kelvin Lee.
Ken enlisted into the Army National Guard in January, 1958 and was released from active duty to complete his remaining service obligation in October, 1965. During this time Ken and Marge began their farming operation south of Taintor, Iowa and used their wedding money to purchase their first livestock. Ken continued a successful livestock/grain farming operation until 2005 when he sold their hog operation, and for Ken this was a step towards retirement. In January, 1994, they built their home in Pella, Iowa, however he continued going to the farm almost daily.
Ken and Margy enjoyed many cruises, going on tractor rides, and driving in parades.
In 2018 he was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis and passed away on August 12, 2019, shortly after arriving at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella at the age of 84 years and one month.
Ken and Marge had recently observed their 62nd wedding anniversary who survives him along with their three children and their families.
Russ and Myrna (Vander Hart) Fynaardt of New Sharon, IA, Crystal Fynaardt of Newton, IA, Marshall Fynaardt of New Sharon, IA, Spencer and Maria Fynaardt of Pella, IA, Grant and Amber Fynaardt of New Sharon, IA.
Lori and Jim Faber of Byron Center, MI, Mike and Shelly Faber of Grand Rapids, MI, Stephanie and Scott Westhouse of Byron Center, MI, Stacy and Zach Haan of Wyoming, MI.
Kelvin and Lisa (Domit) Fynaardt of Kirkland, WA.
Of his original family Ken leaves his sister, Carolyn and her husband, Bill Heethuis of Caledonia, Michigan; his sisters-in-law: Dona (Leo) Fynaardt and Carol (Melvin) Fynaardt both of Pella, Iowa; Sylvia (Henry) Nieuwsma of Pella and Frances (Marvin) Walraven of Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Ken was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Caitlin Mae Faber; his parents, Tunis and Cobie Fynaardt; his brothers: Melvin Fynaardt, Leo Fynaardt, Leland Fynaardt and his wife, Edna, his brother-in-law, Allen Van Zee; his parents-in-law, Rens and Anna (Vander Molen) Nieuwsma; and brothers-in-law: Gerald Nieuwsma, Henry Nieuwsma and Marvin Walraven.
Ken had been a member of the Peoria Christian School Board, the Taintor Co-op Board, and the Christian Opportunity Center Board. He was a member of the Dutch Masters Car Club and Red Rock Threshers.
Ken was baptized at the Oskaloosa Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa and made profession of his faith at the Peoria Christian Reformed Church in Peoria, Iowa. He had been an active member of the Peoria Christian Reformed Church where he shared his leadership gifts in many capacities as an Elder, Deacon, and youth leader.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Peoria Christian Reformed Church. Memorial contributions may be given for the
Peoria Christian School or the F.F.A. program at Pella Christian High School.
Van Dyk - Duven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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