Arthur Zylstra

Born: Sun., Dec. 5, 1937
Died: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 08, 2017
Location: First Reformed Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Sat., Dec. 09, 2017
Location: First Reformed Church

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 Arthur Zylstra was born to Jake and Artie Zylstra in Sibley, Iowa on December 5th, 1937. He lived in Sibley with his parents and four siblings until the age of 7, at which point the family moved to a farm a few miles northwest of Edgerton. Soon after Art’s 13th birthday, tragedy struck with the sudden death of his father, Jake, who suffered a heart attack in a snowstorm on March 12, 1952. As Art was very young and no man was present to run the farm, his mother saw no option but to sell their farm. She would be surprised by her son’s reaction: Art had offered to drop out of school and operate the farm under his mother’s supervision. They farmed there together for 3 more years, before his mother eventually sold the farm and the family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There, Art worked for Sioux Steel for one year. With his heart still committed to farming, Art purchased a farm not far from where his family had lived. He continued farming with his mother, working the land and milking cows. When Art was 18, he also worked at Hallet Gravel Pit to supply more income, due to a small grain crop. Although much of his childhood had been lost, Art retained a playful, mischievous nature. He was known to pull pranks with his friends. He also enjoyed roller skating and bowling. On May 28, 1968, Art married Christina Van Wyhe at Steen Reformed Church. They had three children: Kim (Ron) Menning, Kevin Zylstra of Edgerton, Minnesota, and Kristi (Kraig) Scholten of Hills, Minnesota. Christina passed away on June 13, 1996. He was later united in marriage to Mary Ann Klarenbeek at the First Reformed Church on January 27, 2001. Through this marriage, Art gained 3 daughters: Brenda (Brent) Wassman of Ocheyedan, Iowa; Linda (Ron)Van Grootheest of Edgerton; and Julie (Dean) Hartle of Cottonwood. After the couple was married, Art moved to town.   Art continued to farm with his son, Kevin, until poor health forced him into retirement in 2008, at the age of 69, giving him and Mary Ann time to enjoy traveling. Art was a member of the First Reformed Church in Edgerton, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder. Art moved to the Edgebrook nursing home on April 17, 2016, where he resided until his passing at age 79 years, 11 months, and 30 days.  He passed away, just 10 minutes short of his 80th birthday. His favorite hymn was “Take Time to be Holy.” Art was preceded in death by his first wife, Tina, his parents, brother John, infant brother Jacob, and sisters Jean, Shirley, and Pearl. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, three children, three stepchildren, five grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.


Art is remembered for his smile, kind words, and helping hands.  He was a faithful servant of the Lord.  Even though his life was not an easy one, he was never down hearted - even when his body would not allow him to do all that his mind desired.  He was loved deeply and sincerely and will be greatly missed by many. 



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Cory Van Sloten
   Posted Tue December 05, 2017
Mary Ann and family,

Grace and peace to you as you grieve Art's death, give thanks for his life, rejoice in his eternal life, and hope (confidently expect) to see him again, all through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. The Lord be with you all.

Melanie Menning
   Posted Wed December 06, 2017
Sorry to hear about Art. He was a very kind man. Melanie Menning

Jodi Walhof Al-Daraji
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Art. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family!

Christy (Langdon) Kirsch
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
So sorry to hear of Art's passing . When I was young I spent some time on the farm. Art was always working hard but still had time to help with fishing and giving tractor rides!

Sally Johnson
   Posted Fri December 08, 2017
Mary Ann-
I'm sorry to hear of Art's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Dan Tinklenberg
   Posted Fri December 08, 2017
Mary Ann, Kim & Ron, Kevin, Kris & Kraig, Brenda & Brent, Linda & Ron, Julie & Dean and families,
You all have our sincere sympathy on Art's passing.

I have many great memories of spending time with the Zylstra family while growing up. From sledding to the bottom of the Zylstra hill to climbing to the top of a silo, Kevin always had a new design concept to test or adventure for us to try out. The backdrop to these experiences was Art's ready laugh and Tina's wry smile. I am also forever indebted to Art and Tina for the care they showed Staci and me the night I rolled a pickup near their home. I miss them both.

In Christ's love,
Dan (Danny) Tinklenberg & family

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