Ivan Stienstra

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Funeral services for Mr. Ivan Stienstra, 87 of Spencer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Paul Hansen will officiate the service.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Military services will be conducted by the American Legion-Glen Pedersen Post 1 of Spencer.

Lunch will be served at Grace Methodist Church in the Ben Tena Room following the burial.

Mr. Stienstra passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Ivan Stienstra, the son of Peter and Jessie (Kroese) Stienstra, was born on Oct. 1, 1923, in Hull, Ia. He received his elementary and high school education in the Hull Public Schools. He graduated from Northwestern Junior College in Orange City, Iowa. Ivan entered into the military on April 30, 1943, serving in the U.S. Army. He served in the U.S., New Guinea, Australia, and the Philippines for almost three years. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 25, 1946. He then returned to college and graduated from Drake University in 1948.

On Sept. 7, 1949, Ivan married Alma Lois DeJager in Orange City. After college he worked as an examiner-auditor of savings and loans for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board for three years. He then joined Northwest Federal Savings & Loan in Spencer, where he worked for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois; his two brothers: Chuck and his wife, Netty and Gerald; and his granddaughter, Katie.

Left to cherish his memory are his two sons: James and his wife, Char and grandchildren, Chris and Laura of Sioux Falls, SD, and David and his wife, Kathleen and grandson, Matthew of Terre Haute, Ind.; two brothers: Peter of Wickenburg, Ariz. and James and his wife, Linda of Lancaster, Pa.; one sister, Helena Whitehurst and her husband, Bill of Redlands, Calif.; and other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.