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John Bousema

June 26, 1924 March 15, 2008
John Bousema
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Obituary for John Bousema

Worthington, Minnesota

     John Bousema, age 83, of Worthington died Saturday March 15, 2008 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa.  He was surrounded by his family.  He was born on June 26, 1924 in Hull, Iowa to his parents Arend and Hattie (Holtrop) Bousema.  He attended rural school near Hull for two years then attended Lynn #5 rural school near Sheldon, Iowa.  He graduated from the Franklin township school near Sanborn and entered the Army in April, 1943.
     John was an active member of the Christian Reformed Church, having made his profession of faith at the Sheldon Christian Reformed Church and was an active member of churches in Missouri and Iowa before moving to Worthington.  At the Worthington Christian Reformed Church he served as elder and deacon and teacher in the Sunday School program at the church.  He was also a strong supporter of Christian Education.          
     John proudly served with the United States Army in the European theatre during World War II.  During his service he received five battle stars which included the Normandy Invasion, the St. Lo breakthrough, the capture of Paris, the assault on the Siegfried line, the Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes counter offensive), the capture of the bridge at Remagen and the city of Cologne, and the capture of the German forces in the Ruhr pocket.  He served in Battery A of the 110th Anti Aircraft Gun Battalion.
     John was united in marriage with Harriet Marie Tien on November 24, 1950 at Sheldon, Iowa.
     John farmed with his brother Bill for five years after his discharge from the service on a farm near Sanborn.   Following their marriage John and Marie farmed near Sheldon for two years then moved to Missouri for eight years.  They returned to the Sanborn area and farmed near Sanborn for nine years.  In 1969 they had the opportunity to purchase land in Nobles County near Worthington Minnesota and have farmed that land as a family since that time.
     John was a member of the board of Directors of the Prairie View Retirement Home at Sanborn Iowa for 40 years, serving as one of the original members of the board of directors.  During that time there were several expansions of the facility including the addition of the assisted living facilities.
     John enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Mesa Arizona after his retirement.  Their travels included a trip to the Netherlands to visit family as well as visit the battle fields and cemeteries of World War II.
     John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marie and five children  Shirly (Bob) Wieme of Worthington and their children Andrew (LaChelle) Wieme, Tom (Lauren) Wieme, Jill (Jacob) Cuperus; Diane (David) Odens of Brookings, SD and their children Maria (Shawn) Tol and their daughters Anika and Caitlin, Alison (Brad) Kattelmann, Amelia Odens, Steve (Brittany) Odens; Steve Bousema of Worthington, Duane Bousema of New Brighton, MN, Michael (Jennifer) Bousema and their children Olivia, Alyssa, Erica, and Angela of Worthington. He is survived by his brothers Bill (Veda) of Sanborn, Art (Marlene) of Artesia, CA, Bernie (Gwen) of Sheldon, IA, and sisters Greta Bomgaars of Belleflower, CA and Gertrude (Carl) Rossi of Clinton, UT, sisters in law Wilma Bousema of Rock Valley, IA, Carol Bousema of Sheldon, IA, and Kay (Jay) Wesseling of Sheldon, IA mother-in-law Gradda Tien of Philipsburg, KS, as well as many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Rich, Roy, and Hank and two brothers in law, Nick Bomgaars and Jack Littel.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., at the Christian Reformed Church in Worthington, Minnesota, with the Rev. LeRoy Christoffels officiating.  Burial, with military rites, will be held in the Worthington Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.


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