Harley R. Hiemstra, 89, of Kingsley, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.
Harley Ralph Hiemstra was born Aug. 28, 1921, in Kingsley, the son of Garrett and Pearl (Blacksten) Hiemstra. He attended country school in the Kingsley area, graduating from Union Consolidated School in 1938. He attended the Grand Island Business College in Grand Island, Neb., graduating with a business degree. He then went to work with the civil service in Washington, D.C. until going into the U.S. Army in 1943. Harley was honorably discharged from the service in 1946, with the rank of master sergeant, receiving several medals.
After discharge, he went to work on the family farm until his retirement.
In June 1947 he married Keyth Harmes. She died in May 1992. In July 1995 he was married to Laverne Olson Griggs.
He was an active member of the United Methodist Church.
Harley served on several boards including: Kingsley-Pierson School Board, the County Extension Council, Plymouth County Zoning, Plymouth County Compensation, and Plymouth County Farm Bureau board for many years and was a voting delegate for American Farm Bureau. He received the 50-year membership award from Farm Bureau in 2000. He also served on the Plymouth County REC and North West REC boards and the State and City Development Board.
He also received many farming and agricultural awards.
Harley enjoyed spending time with family and friends, helping on the farm and spending time outdoors.
Survivors include his wife Laverne; two sons, Randy (Jo Ette) of Kingsley, and Ron of Springfield, Mo.; step-children, Mark Griggs of Salina, Kan., and Karen (Joe) Cannaley of Garden City, Kan.; five grandchildren, Erica (Shane) Wenzel, Scott Hiemstra (Janna Crick), Amanda Hiemstra, Nicole Hiemstra and Kyle Hiemstra; step-grandchildren Shanna (John) Schneller and Justin Cannaley; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Keith Hiemstra of Letcher, S.D., Frances Hiemstra of Aurelia, Ethel Weiss of Spirit Lake, and Willa (Darrell) Manker of Moville, and numerous relatives and friends.
Preceding Harley in death were his parents, three brothers, Orlo, Lester, and Orville Hiemstra; his first wife, Keyth; daughter, Linae; and step-granddaughter Kasandra Cannaley.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Kingsley, with the Rev. Roger Kurtenbach officiating. Burial will be at the Kingsley Cemetery in Kingsley. Visitation begins 4 p.m. today (Monday) with the family present from 5-7 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the United Methodist Church in Kingsley.
The Rohde Funeral Home in Kingsley is handling all arrangements.