Gerrit Jan Ryken
Zoon van Johannes Ryke en Petertje Rozeboom, geboren 16-3-1871 02:00 NL Ede , overleden 11-5-1954 USA IA Pella en begraven USA IA Peoria Cemetery
Trouwt Nellie De Jong, dochter van Gysbert P De Jong en Adrianna Van Gorp, geboren 21-7-1872 USA IA Pella, overleden 25-10-1944 USA IA Pella en begraven bij haar man
On March 6, 1936, he married Antonia Ida Bos in Oskaloosa. They made their home in Oskaloosa from 1936-1951. They then moved to Otley where they lived until 1966, when they moved to Pella. He was retired from farming.
He was a charter member of the Faith Christian Reformed Church in Pella. He also served on the Christian School Board and church council. He was instrumental in starting the Christian Grade School in Oskaloosa. He is survived by his wife Antonia; two daughters, Joyce (Mrs. Arie) Vink and Ardith Beaver, both of Pella; four sisters: Johanna Brummel of Oskaloosa, Rachel Ryken of Pella, Marie Blom of Pella, Nellie Uitermarkt of Monroe; three brothers: John, Frank and Dick, all of Pella; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; George and Gysbert; four sisters: Jennie Ryken, Emma Mieuwsma, Nellie Ryken, and Bertha Stouwie.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Bates Christian Reformed church in Pella with Rev. James Stoel officiating. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Leighton. Memorials may be made to the Pella Christian Schools. Visitation will be at the Garden Chapel Funeral Home in Pella. The family will receive friends and relatives this evening. (date and source unknown, likely the Oskaloosa Herald).
Contributor: KateH (46615929)
Toby was second in her class at Tracy Consolidated School and attended through the eighth grade. She worked for the Pella Christian High School for 20 years and retired in 1995. She also worked at the Pella Public Library for 10 years, and Pella Corp for three years. She and her husband farmed for 25 years in the Pella area.
Toby married Martin Ryken on March 6, 1936, in the parsonage of the Protestant Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. To this union they were blessed with two daughters Joyce and Ardith. Toby was a member of Faith Christian Reformed Church and the Ladies Aid. She was particularly fond of an article she wrote entitled "My Brotherís Keeper." She also enjoyed quilting and gardening. She enjoyed speding time with her family.
Those left to cherish her memory are daughter Joyce (Arie Jr.) Vink, of Pella, and their children Arlyn (Louise) Vink, Mark (Janet) Vink, Joann De Haan, Loraine Van Veldhuizen (husband Greg deceased) Byron (Ava) Vink, and Carolyn (Blane) Bogaard; daughter Ardith (Christopher) Brunt of Fargo, North Dakota, and their children Sheryl (Bryan) Hoy, Corey (Kirra) Westra; nineteen great grandchildren and seventeen great-great grandchildren.
Toby is preceded in death by her husband Martin, sister Eva and Frank Ryken, brother Abe and Elizabeth Bos, grandson-in-law Greg Van Veldhuizen, and a great-great granddaughter Evyn Gentry.
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Rachel received her education at the Peoria Christian Schools. She made profession of faith at the Peoria Christian Reformed Church at a young age. Rachel did housework for various people prior to her employment at Pella Rolscreen Company in 1940, retiring in 1971.
She was a current member of the Second Christian Reformed Church and was also a member of the Golden Hour Circle. Rachel enjoyed reading, puzzle books, puzzles, games, listening to church services, visiting family and friends, eating out with the girls, and bus trips.
Fair Haven East in Pella was her home since 1987. She loved the people and acquired many friends throughout the many years she lived there.
Those left to cherish her memory are: her sister-in-law, Tobie Ryken; her many nieces and nephews: and her special niece and nephew, Cornie and Elner Spoelstra.
Rachel was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers and sisters: Nellie Ryken, Jennie Ryken, Josie Brummel, Gysbert Ryken, Emma Nieuwsma, John Ryken, Bertha Stouwie, George Ryken, Frank Ryken, Martin Ryken, Marie Blom, Dick Ryken, and Nellie Uitermarkt.
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