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Paul J. Huizenga

September 25, 1922 July 17, 2021
Paul J. Huizenga
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Paul J. Huizenga, 98, of Morrison, IL, died Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Resthave Home in Morrison, IL.

His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, July 22, 2021, at Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton, IL, officiated by Rev. Ralph Beidler, pastor at Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church in Holland, MI. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Face masks will be required at the visitation and the funeral service. Interment will be in Fulton Township Cemetery. A memorial has been established to Resthave Home and Spring Valley Reformed Church.

Paul was born September 25, 1922, in rural Whiteside County, Ustick Township, Fulton, IL, to Claus P. and Kate (Eissens) Huizenga. He was educated in the Fairhaven and Cobb schools in rural Whiteside County. On September 25, 1944, he married Verna J. Dykstra in Fulton, IL. She died on December 18, 2001. Paul farmed his entire life in Ustick Township, Whiteside County. He was a member of the Spring Valley Reformed Church, where he served many years as a consistory member and Sunday School teacher. He belonged to Gideons International, where he was involved in the Jail Ministries. He was also a long-time member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau. Paul was the last surviving member of the Spring Valley Aces fast pitch softball team and watched the Cubs play his entire life. Paul and Verna farmed together all of their lives on their family farm and built a close knit community that would get together for a ‘wiener roast’ at the drop of a hat. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling, especially to California, Maine and Michigan where he could watch all his grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ activities. He spent hours entertaining his grandkids with stories about the one horned cow and stories about growing up with his family and friends. He took great pride in teaching his grandkids the finer points of rodent mitigation in the hay mow and helping them dam up the creek so they could make mud slides. He loved teaching the lessons of loving one another and never shared a sour word about anyone, which earned him the family nickname of St. Paul. He was sharp until the end and left us all with the most encouraging words of love, hard work, hard play and patience. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruth (Robb) Robbins of Grand Haven, MI, and Donna (Doug) Nelson of Ojai, CA; one son, Bob Huizenga of Muskegon, MI; former daughter-in-law, Barb Kirchaine, of Muskegon, MI; eight grandchildren, Josh (Lidie) Robbins, Ben (Amy) Robbins, Adam (Mia) Nelson, Matt (Lindsey) Nelson, Luke (Marisol) Nelson, Chad Huizenga, Jon Huizenga, and Katie Recknagel; seventeen great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Bernice Workman and Mrs. Anna Marie Smith, both of Fulton; and sister-in-law, Marian Vogel, of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Verna; three sisters, Gertrude Drolema, Hildred Buikema and Minnie Huizenga; and one brother, Charles Huizenga.

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Visitation

Wednesday

21

Jul

5:00 PM 7/21/2021 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/21/2021 8:00:00 PM
Bosma-Renkes - Morrison Chapel

404 Lincolnway East
Morrison, IL 61270

Bosma-Renkes - Morrison Chapel
404 Lincolnway East Morrison 61270 IL
United States

Service

Thursday

22

Jul

2:00 PM 7/22/2021 2:00:00 PM
Spring Valley Reformed Church

10960 Spring Valley Road
Fulton, IL 61252

Spring Valley Reformed Church
10960 Spring Valley Road Fulton 61252 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Fulton Township Cemetery Final Resting Place

701 Fowler Rd,
Fulton, IL 61252

701 Fowler Rd, Fulton 61252 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Resthave Home

408 Maple Ave
Morrison, IL 61270

Spring Valley Reformed Church

10960 Spring Valley Road
Fulton, IL 61252
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