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category: Obituary, date: 2015-09-04, by Avon SD
John W. Tolsma
John W Tolsma

(August 3, 1921 - September 3, 2015)
John W. Tolsma, 94 of Avon

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 6, 2015, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield, with Pastor Cody Raak officiating. Burial will be in the Emmanuel Reformed Cemetery, rural Springfield, with military honors by the Dwight Wood American Legion Post. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield, followed by a 7 pm prayer service.

John W. Tolsma, son of William and Mary (Mesman) Tolsma, was born on a farm west of Springfield on August 3, 1921. He died Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. John attained the age of 94 years and one month.

John attended rural schools west of Springfield. He entered the U.S. Air Force on August 10, 1942 and served until February of 1946. While serving his country, his sweetheart, Miriam R. Jurrens of Avon made a trip to Dyersbury, TN. They were married there on June 16, 1943. Two children were born to their union.

After returning to Avon, John worked for Crosby Gas Company in Avon for 12 years. In November of 1959, the family moved to the Jurrens family farm. John retired in 1988. Miriam died February 11, 2000. Due to failing health, John entered the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall on June 5, 2015.

John was a member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield, where he served on the consistory as a deacon. He also was a member of the Dwight Wood American Legion in Springfield. John served on the board of directors of the Farmers’ Elevator in Avon as a director and chairman of the board.

John was a gentle and kind man. He looked forward to his “coffee drinkers” coming over every morning. He will be remembered for his enjoyment of playing cards, especially Pinochle.

Thankful for having shared his life are his children: Donna (Jerome) Odens of Springfield and Dennis (Diane) of Wessington Springs; six grandchildren: Steve Odens, Kyle (Becky) Odens, Eric (Kim) Odens, Trent (Amber) Odens, Dawn (Blake) Tolsma Hansen and Dustin (Stacey) Tolsma; eight great grandchildren: Katie Odens, Bridgette and Courtney Odens, Brynlee Odens, Brett and Drew Hansen, and Gabriella and Georgia Tolsma; two step great grandchildren: Kenzie and Tanner Walker; one brother, Elmer (Bernice) of Avon; three sisters-in-law: Ruth Tolsma of Springfield; Berniece Heusinkveld of Sioux City, IA and Leola Jurrens of Tulsa, OK; and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his wife Miriam; parents; brother Jim; infant great grandchild, Emily Odens; and two brothers-in-law: Delbert Heusinkveld and Lawrence Jurrens.

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