James D. Ver Mulm, the son of Case and Jennie (Van Iperen) Ver Mulm, was born on a farm near Alton on March 31, 1926. He grew up in the Alton and Ashton areas. He received his early education in country school and attended high school in Newkirk. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950 until 1952.
On Nov. 14, 1952, Jim was united in marriage to Arlene Den Hartog at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. The couple farmed near Sheldon and Ashton until 1965 when they moved to a farm they purchased near Hartley. In 1988, they retired from farming and moved into Sanborn.
Jim was a member of the First Reformed Church of Sanborn, where he had served as Elder for many years, and was a long-time Sunday school teacher for the young people. He was a member of the American Legion and was on the board of directors at Inspiration Hills.
He enjoyed playing golf and pool, going on bus tours, and camping. He took great pride and joy in attending his grandchildren's activities.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene, of Sanborn; one son, Steve Ver Mulm and his wife, Kathy, of Le Mars; four grandchildren: Seth Ver Mulm and his wife, Missy and their children, Makayla and Jonah, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Kristi Ver Mulm, of Ames, Brent Ver Mulm and his fiancée, Tracy den Blaauwen, of Davenport, and Jaclyn Ver Mulm at Dordt College in Sioux Center; one brother, Marion Ver Mulm and his wife, Joyce, of Spencer; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Reformed Church in Sanborn with Pastor Gary Hegstad officiating. Burial will be in Roseland Cemetery at Sanborn, with graveside military honors provided by American Legion Earl T. Conway Post #318, of Sanborn. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Dykstra, Ken Haack, James Den Hartog, Dennis Ten Clay, Mark Dykstra, Wayne Den Hartog, Randy Ver Mulm and Brian Ver Mulm.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Seth Ver Mulm, Kristi Ver Mulm, Brent Ver Mulm and Jaclyn Ver Mulm.