SIOUX CENTER -- Jake Vande Brake, 88, of Sioux Center, died Monday morning, Sept. 22, 2003, at the Sioux Center Community Nursing Facility in Sioux Center.
Jake H. Vande Brake was born June 16, 1915, in Sioux Center, the son of Henry and Rena (Mulder) Vande Brake. Due to his father's early passing, Jake spent his formative years with his uncle and aunt, Ernest and Maggie Mulder.
Jake married Frieda Lammers on May 16, 1939, at their farm near Orange City. Jake farmed in the Sioux Center area for over 50 years. Jake and Frieda were blessed with two daughters.
Frieda preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 1995.
He was a member of First Reformed Church of Sioux Center, serving on the consistory as both elder and deacon. He also served on the board of directors of Farmer's Coop Society.
Jake lived many of his retirement years at The Regency. He enjoyed his time there, interacting with the residents and providing them with their Monday morning popcorn. He moved to Crowne Point in December 2002, where he likewise enjoyed his time and received excellent care and comfort from their staff.
Family was extremely important to Jake, and much joy was given and received from his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Left to cherish Jake's memory are his family: daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Dale Den Herder of Sioux Center and Donna and Virgil Van Beek of Le Mars; his four grandchildren: Stephanie (Den Herder) and her husband, Lonnie Harshbarger of Sioux Center, Amy (Den Herder) and her husband, Dr. Nick Van Es of Le Mars, the Rev. Troy Van Beek and his wife, Pam of Fremont, Mich., and Grant Van Beek and his wife, Dr. Marta of Iowa City; three great-grandchildren: Courtney Van Beek and Olivia and Wilson Harshbarger and a sister-in-law, Lena De Vries of Sioux Center.
In addition to his wife, Frieda, Jake was preceded in death by two brothers and sisters-in-law: Bert and Agnes Vande Brake and Henry and Ida Vande Brake; an infant brother, Bert; two sisters and brothers-in-law: Agnes and Gerben De Vries and Priscilla and Ed Van Putten; and sister, Tillie Vande Brake.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary of First Reformed Church of Sioux Center with the Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating. Burial will be held prior to the memorial service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center. A family prayer service will be held Wednesday in the chapel of First Reformed Church at 10:15 a.m. Visitation will be today (Tuesday) from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
The Vande Brake Family requests memorials to the new nursing home project, c/o the Sioux Center Community Hospital Foundation.