Clarence C. Elgersma, 84, of Hartley, died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley.
Clarence C. Elgersma, the son of Harry N. and Tena (Dood) Elgersma, was born July 5, 1922, on a farm northwest of Hartley. He was the youngest of four children.
Clarence attended country school, and was a typical farm boy in the 1930s. As a young man he started farming with his dad. He also began his lifelong passion of "tinkering" in the shop. Along with farming during the 1940s, he ran his own shop, "Click's Garage."
On Oct. 20, 1958, he married Alvina Kollasch. The couple farmed together and raised three children: Tom, Don and Shirley.
Clarence loved farming with his family. He was very proud that sons, daughter and son-in-law were all involved in farming. Clarence and Alvina moved into Hartley in 1991. He continued to help with the farming and milking until he was nearly 80.
In February 2005, Clarence moved to Memorial Community Health Center as his symptoms of Alzheimer's progressed.
He was a kind-hearted man toward his family, friends and acquaintances.
He was a member of the Hartley Christian Reformed Church, and later became a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Alvina; two sons and their families, Tom and Margaret Elgersma and their daughter Meredith, Don and Helen Elgersma and their children Emily and Daniel, all of rural Sanborn; a daughter, Shirley and Tony Schroeder and their sons Andy, Ryan, Scott and Nick of rural Le Mars; one sister, Nelly Koehnecke of Hartley; one brother, Ervin and Virginia Elgersma of Lincoln, Calif.; in-laws, Cecelia Kollasch of Spirit Lake, Sr. Marry Pierre of Dubuque, and Art and Lou Kollasch of York, Pa.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and her husband, Henrietta and Russell benz; and in-laws, E.P. Koehnecke, Mary and Bill Thompson and Bernard Kollasch.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley with the Rev. Jeffrey Filkins and the Rev. Tim Hogan officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley. The Sanborn and Hartley Funeral Home Service was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Andy Schroeder, Ryan Schroeder, Meredith Elgersma, Larry Benz, Dave Benz and Roger Koehnecke.