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Darrell Bielema

January 11, 1951 February 3, 2021
Darrell Bielema
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DARRELL BIELEMA, 70, of Bloomington, IL, passed away at his home on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

A private graveside service will be held at Lusk Memorial Cemetery in Albany, IL. There will be no visitation and the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Darrell was born January 11, 1951, the first child of Howard and Louise (VanderVinne) Bielema. He grew up on the family farm in Whiteside County. Darrell was a polio survivor, being stricken with the disease at age 3. He was able to enjoy the life of a typical farm boy thanks to the love and support of his parents and family. Darrell graduated from Erie High School in Erie, IL, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University. He then went on to work at State Farm in Bloomington, retiring after a 33 year career. Darrell enjoyed travel. Along with a group of special friends, Darrell visited over 40 countries in his lifetime. While his destinations include the more typical European and Middle Eastern countries, he also traveled to China, Tibet, Mongolia, Croatia, Thailand, Brazil, and Argentina. His interest in his family roots led him to Holland. Darrell was an accomplished golfer, recording multiple holes-in-one and he played several rounds on Pebble Beach and Spyglass in California. Darrell established many lifelong friendships as a member of Crestwicke Country Club in Bloomington.

He is survived by two sisters, Marlene Keisel (Steve) Jackson and Brenda (Randy) DeWeerdt both of Fulton, IL; four nieces; one nephew; several grandnieces and one grandnephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Roger Keisel; nieces, Hannah and Heather DeWeerdt in infancy.

Darrell’s family would like to acknowledge his friends, co-workers, and fellow golfers who were like a second family to him.

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