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category: Obituary, date: 2014-11-30, by Avon SD
Donald Gerrit Tjeerdsma
Donald Gerrit Tjeerdsma(August 4, 1930 - November 30, 2014)

Donald Tjeerdsma, of Springfield

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. Burial is in the church cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday with family present from 6 to 7, followed by a 7 PM Prayer Service. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Gerrit Tjeerdsma was born on August 4, 1930 in rural Springfield, SD to Gerrit and Hattie (DeRoos) Tjeerdsma. He died at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD on November 30, 2014. He attained the age of 84 years and three months.

Don was baptized at the Emmanuel Reformed Church of rural Springfield. He attended grade school at Lincoln Country School and graduated from Springfield High School and Southern State Teacher College. He married Marjorie Bierema on May 14, 1954 at Emmanuel Reformed Church and five children were born the their union.

Don was an active member of Emmanuel Reformed Church of Springfield where he served as a Deacon, Elder, Catechism teacher and sang in the church choir. He taught at Fairview Country School for two years. Don had a passion for farming and enjoyed raising livestock, selling seed corn for Asgrow/DeKalb and growing crops for over 50 years. He also served as a 4-H leader while his kids were growing up. He was an avid sports follower who loved to watch sports with his children and grandchildren. Don also loved to attend family sporting events.

Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjorie of Springfield; children: Virgil (Susan) Tjeerdsma of Tyndall, Douglas (Danae) Tjeerdsma of Aplington, IA, Percy (Connie) Tjeerdsma of Springfield, Marcia (Terry) Winegar of Marion, SD, Bonnie (Chris) Blankenship of Lafayette, IN; nine grandchildren: Adam Tjeerdsma, Scott Tjeerdsma, Kendra Kruger, Nicholas Tjeerdsma, Heather Adkins, Mary Hunsaker, Cody Tjeerdsma, Heidi Tjeerdsma and Marcus Tjeerdsma; 10 great grandchildren and baby Adkins on the way. Don is also survived by his siblings: Carol Jurrens of Avon, Duane (Linda) Tjeerdsma of Springfield, Melvin (Carol) Tjeerdsma of Maryville, MO and Cheryl (Don) DeJong of Forney, TX.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, brother Frank Tjeerdsma; sisters-in-law: Margie Tjeerdsma and Norene Tjeerdsma; brother-in-law Eldon Jurrens and one great grandson Tate Krueger.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to the Gideons or any other nonprofit organization.

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