Onno was born on July 24, 1922, in Chicago, Ill., the son of John and Agnes (De Jong) Jellema. When he was a young child, his family moved to Orange City, where he attended the Christian School.
On May 22, 1943, he married Ruth Evelyn Roerig in Sheldon. They made their home in Orange City until 1959, when they moved to Alton. He was a carpenter for Kepp Construction in Orange City, which later became Krull Construction. Ruth died on December 7, 1991, in Orange City.
In April of 2006, Onno became a resident of the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
He enjoyed fishing and reading.
Survivors include his 10 children, Carol, and her husband, Marion Vander Zwaag, of Sheldon; Virginia, and her husband, Don Konz, of Remsen, Jean, and her husband, Woodrow Wampler, of Dewey, Ariz., Bruce Jellema, and his wife, Martha, of Alton, Gary Jellema, and his wife, Debra, of Trimont, Minn., Mary, and her husband, Tom Grosenheider, of Le Mars, Nancy, and her husband, Leon Schwebach, of Alton, Tim Jellema, and his wife, Theresa, of Le Mars, Lisa Sones, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Dan Jellema, of Miami, Florida; 25 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Etta De Haan, Marie, and her husband, Odilo Kashmitter, and Tookey Becker, all of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three brothers, Don Jellema, and his wife, Luella, of Brandon, S.D., Orion Jellema, and his wife, Tek, of Jackson, Miss., and Tom Jellema, and his wife, Joan, of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Maryellen Strub, of Merrill; a brother-in-law, Bill Jacomet, of Wessington Springs, S.D.; and the staff at the Plymouth Manor.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Desiree Lammers; two sisters, Delores Jacomet and Agnes Jellema; a brother, John Jellema; and two sons-in-law, Robert Krogman and Jerry Laymon.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the Alton Presbyterian in Alton. Mr. Ronald Brink, C. L. P. officiated. Interment followed at the Nassau Township Cemetery, near Alton. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
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