Henry was born Oct. 18, 1924, near Lebanon, the son of Bastian and Marie (Faber) Mulder. He was baptized in the Christian Reformed faith and raised and educated in the Lebanon and Carnes areas. In 1945, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served in the 390th Unit of the Aircraft Motor Pool until October 1946.
On March 3, 1948, he married Marietta Wielenga at Orange City. They farmed east of Orange City. From 1969 to 1985, they also served as custodians of the Sioux County Court House in Orange City. He then worked part-time at the Vogel Paint Corporation in Orange City and began to develop residential housing on their original acreage. In 2009, they moved to the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City.
Mr. Mulder was a founding member of the Redeemer United Reformed Church. He served on the boards of directors of many church and religious organizations, including the Unity Christian High School. He was a loving grandfather and great-grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of more than 64 years; a son and his wife, Harold and Roseanne Mulder, of Orange City; two daughters and their husbands, Marlys and Curt Jager, of Orange City; and Helena and Shayne McDougall, of Le Mars; four grandchildren and their spouses, Jama and Jay Christopherson, of Vermillion, S.D., Gail and Juan Hernandez, of Orange City, Gina and Ryan Councilman, of San Angelo, Texas and Bryce and Kari Hemme, of Ankeny; three step-grandchildren and their spouses, Jeremy and Cassie McDougall and Devon and Liz McDougall, all of Le Mars, and Erica and Josh Wilson, of Brookings, S.D.; eight great-grandchildren; six siblings, Sadie Lassen, Clara Jasper, Irene Roghair, Carl Mulder, John Mulder, and Melvin Mulder; Marietta's brother, Ernest Wielenga; and many nephews, nieces, and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Gail, in infancy; a son-in-law, David Hemme; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Mulder; four siblings, Marinus Mulder, Matilda Bonnema, Dick Mulder, and Carl William Mulder, in infancy; Marietta's parents, Jacob and Grace Wielenga, and two of her brothers, Lou Wielenga and Garry Wielenga.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Redeemer United Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Todd De Rooy will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 6-8 p.m., at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Memorials will be directed to the saving of the unborn.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at at www.oolman.com.