The Rev. Robert Hector, 85, of Orange City, went to be with his Lord on Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.
Robert was born March 19, 1921, at Sheldon, the son of Garret and Tillie (Kamies) Hector. He was raised at Sheldon, where he graduated from high school and attended junior college. He also attended the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and Central College in Pella. He earned his master of divinity degree at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich. During World War II, he served in the United States Army, where he received a Bronze Star.
On June 16, 1949, he married Lois Marian Muyskens at the Trinity Reformed Church. They pastored Reformed Churches in Slayton, Minn.; Chicago, Ill.; Prairie City, Iowa; Friesland, Wis.; Venice, Fla., and Middleburg, Iowa. They then retired to Orange City, where he assisted at Trinity Church and also provided much pulpit supply in the area.
Pastor Hector enjoyed working with tools and repairing things for many people. After retiring from the ministry, he did that at Boonstra's Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Company and Northwestern College, both in Orange City. He and Lois were the host family for a Northwestern student from China, and he liked attending his grandchildren's music and sports activities.
In May of this year, he joined his wife at the Long Term Care Facility.
Survivors include his wife of more than 57 years, Lois; four children, Carol Braaksma, of Orange City, David Hector, and his wife, Miriam, of Le Mars, Mary, and her husband, the Rev. Donald Orange, of Greeley, Colo., and Janice, and her husband, Jeff Fox, of Perry; five grandchildren, Karlton Hector, and his wife, Jana, Craig Hector; John Braaksma, Daniel Orange, and Andrea Orange; a brother and his wife, Harold "Booty" and Marlys Hector, of Mesa, Ariz.; a sister-in-law and her husband, Harriet and the Rev. John Maassen, of Venice, Fla.; and two brothers-in-law and their wives, Paul and Pat Muyskens, of Orange City and the Rev. Joseph and Jean Muyskens, of Homewood, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jon Nelson will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation was after 5 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Reformed Church, in honor of the many volunteers who drove Bob to his dialysis treatments in Sioux City.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.oolman.com.