Max  Hoeksema


Max Leroy Hoeksema was born July 8, 1929, in Pella, Iowa, the third of four children and only son of John and Alice (Koopmans) Hoeksema, in a house on Washington Street across from the present Strawtown Inn. He attended Lincoln Grade School, Webster Junior High School, and Pella High School, graduating in 1947. Max then went into the hardware and implement business (Vander Meulen Hoeksema) with his father. On August 24, 1949, he married Mildred (Milly) Darlene Hugen, the daughter of Dick and Minnie (Grootveld) Hugen, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella. They had three children-Carol Lynn, David Mark, and Jill Ann.
The business incorporated in 1958 and Max became a stockholder and partner with his father and brother-in-law, Virgil Boertje. In 1960 the hardware store was sold to Jerry and Tony Stravers. Max, John (until his retirement in 1970) and Virgil continued to own and operate Hoeksema's Inc., the John Deere dealership, until it was closed in 1984. Max and Virgil semi-retired and for a few years farmed part-time near Gibson, Iowa.
Max was a charter member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella, and was the finance chair of its original building committee in 1955. He served three terms as deacon, three terms as an elder, a term as treasurer and worked on the steering committee when General Synod came to Pella. He was a finance chairman of the building committee for the new Pella Community Hospital in 1957, when only 28 years old. He served on the finance committee of the Pella Christian Grade School and of the Pella Christian High School after it burned down. He was on several boards, including Pella Christian Grade School board, Chamber of Commerce board (President in 1974), and Marion County Bank board for 20 years. Max was on the board of the Pella Historical Society and served on the Vermeer Windmill committee. He was in charge of the street Scrubbers at Tulip Time for several years, and volunteered many hours for the Vermeer Mill Museum and Historical Village as well.
Over the years Max and Milly traveled to Mexico, Europe and all 50 States. After retirement they moved to the Pella Manor in 1991 and spent many happy winters in Mesa, Arizona. Even after Milly died in 2003, Max continued to make the trip down until his health began to fail. In 2012 he moved to Hilltop until becoming a resident at The Cottages in Pella where he remained until his death, January 7, 2019, at the age of 89 years.
Max is survived by his children: Carol Hoeksema and Patrick Clark of Camano Island, WA, Arijan Hoeksema Clark and David Cummings of Kirkland, WA, Isaac Hoeksema Cummings, Luke Hoeksema Cummings, Calum Hoeksema Clark of Seattle, WA, Liam Hoeksema Clark of Denver, CO; David and Carla (Wynja) Hoeksema of Franklin, TN, Megan Hoeksema and Lydia Henderson of Nashville, TN, Joshua and Holly Hoeksema of Chapel Hill, TN, Rylee Hoeksema; Jill and Tom Neil of Pella, Brett Cook and Lindsey Yeo of Lancaster, PA, Bannon Cook and Kasher Cook ,Molly and Brayton Meeker of Beaverdale, IA, Coleman Neil of Ames, IA, Jackson Neil of Pella, IA.
Of his original family Max leaves his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Virgil Boertje of Pella, brother- in-law and sister-in-law, Melvin and Sylvia Hugen of Grand Rapids, MI, sister-in-law, Francine (Robert) Hugen of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
Max was preceded in death by his wife, Milly; his parents John and Alice Hoeksema; his sisters: Dorothy and husband Carl Gaass, Freda and husband Ralph Wisse; his parents-in-law Dick Hugen and his wives, Minnie (Grootveld) and Bertha (Sjaardema Nikkel); his brothers-in-law and sisters-in law: Bert and Faye Hugen, Henry and Helen Hugen, Harold and Nancine Hugen, and Robert Hugen; and niece Mary (Wisse) Vande Noord.
Max had a great laugh, a love for people, could be a bit pushy, and sometimes drove too fast! He loved his family and they loved him.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 12, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella. Van Dyk - Duven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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