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Howard De Weerd was born November 20, 1920 to John and Jane (Swart) De Weerd in Hull, Iowa. He attended country school and worked on the family farm as well as other farms in the area before moving to California to continue his career with dairy cattle. On June 8, 1956 Howard was united in marriage to Helen Jelgerhuis in Tinley Park, Illinois. In 1958, the couple moved back to Edgerton, Minnesota where they ran the local meat market. Howard also continued to work with area dairy men and for MVBA. He also sold real estate and did tax assesing in Pipestone County, which he did until the age of 90. On April 23, 2013, Helen preceded Howard in death and he relocated to the Edgebrook Estates. On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Howard passed away peacefully at Sanford Hospice Cottage at the age of 96 years, 11 months, and 24 days.
Howard enjoyed participating in programs that assisted those from other cultures to learn the word of the Lord and the english language with ESL, and teaching friendship class, while also supporting the work of the Luke Society and World Renew. He was an elder, a member of the men’s society at church and was apart of the M2 Prison Ministry Program. Howard was a role model to his family with whom he loved spending time with. He was an avid reader and kept himself up to date on current events and politics, as well as Twins baseball.
Howard is lovingly remembered by his children, Beth (Doug) Jasper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Brian (Linda) De Weerd of Edgerton; five grandchildren, Kelly (Joel) Addink, Jason (Renita) Jasper, Ross (Bethany) Jasper, Brandon De Weerd, Danielle (Garret) Werkmeister; eleven great-grandchildren, Joscelin, Hailey, Damon, Bentley, Lincoln and Aston Jasper, Adalyn, Theodore, and Livia Addink, Hannah Uilk, Colby and Jackson Werkmeister; many nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; son Boyd; parents, John and Jane (Swart) De Weerd; siblings: Ida Korthals, Winnie Van’t Hul, Albertha Van Wyhe, Raymond De Weerd, Rowena Van Wyhe, Albert De Weerd, Annie Pennings, and William De Weerd.