Bert Kamies was born June 20, 1922, in Sheldon. He was the son of Aiko and Johanna (Solsma) Kamies and the youngest of nine children. He lived his youth in the Ashton and Melvin area and attended country school in rural Ashton.
He was united in marriage to Lucille Bernice Van Maanen of Rock Valley, on Nov. 2, 1949, in Middleburg. They lived in Middleburg where Bert farmed on her parents' farm.
In the 1960s, they moved to Sheldon where Bert hauled cream for Boyden Creamery (later AMPI). He also hauled eggs for Boyden Co-op. He then worked for Chase Lumber Company in Sheldon until he retired in 1985.
Lucille (Blondie) passed away on May 19, 1994.
Bert was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Sheldon.
Bert and Lucille enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and taking bus trips to Las Vegas and Nashville and stopping at a few casinos on the way.
Bert enjoyed visiting with people, drinking coffee, reading westerns and playing cards. He had a dry sense of humor and liked to tell jokes. He liked baking for bake sales and helping with Meals on Wheels.
In 2005, Bert moved to Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. He enjoyed listening to polka music. He especially enjoyed the birthday parties and celebrating Father's Day, when surrounded by his family. Bert was very content with life.
Those left to cherish his memories are his children: Aiko R. and Goldie Kamies, of Boyden, Janice Arguello, of Wichita Falls, Texas, Verna Seivert, of Jackson, Minn., and Cindy Kamies, of Le Mars; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Trisha and Cody Dummett and daughter, Kendra; Tammy and Phillip Hill and their children, Katlyn and Carter; Alan and Tamara Kamies and their children, Corey and Kaylee; and Rob Seivert; and sisters-in-law, Mary Kamies and Jeanette (Mars) Jager, both of Orange City.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; his parents; son, Delbert Kamies; daughter: JoAnn Kamies (stillborn); three brothers: John (Nellie) Kamies, Henry Kamies, Jake (Martha) Kamies; five sisters: Jen Wenzel, Tillie (Gerrit) Hector, Kate (Art) Molenkamp, Henrietta (Emery) Molenkamp, Bernice (Don) Seivert; and a special friend, Ruth Grave.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sheldon, with the Rev. Craig Nissen officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, in Sheldon. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today (Tuesday), with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.
Casketbearers will be George Schnieder, Phillip Hill, Rob Seivert, Alan Kamies, Cody Dummett, Mike Seivert and Jason Mars.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com.