Cornie  Van Wyngarden


Cornie Van Wyngarden was born on January 2, 1922, on the family farm in the Lower Grove area. He was the second of seven children born to his parents Walter and Sadie (Stursma) Van Wyngarden.
As a child, he attended Peoria CRC and graduated from Peoria Christian Grade School. He didnt attend high school because he was needed on the farm. Cornie saw many changes in the farming industry. He began farming with horses and later in life was fascinated with the technology and auto steer equipment. He had a love for raising black cattle that was passed on to his son and grandsons. Cornie loved playing softball with brothers and teammates at the Lower Grove ball diamond.
On June 8, 1944, he married Erma Vander Hart, whom he had met in grade school/church. They were married at the brides parents home in rural Pella on a muddy, muddy day. They began their married life on the farm adjacent to where Cornie was raised.
For years he farmed with his brother Henry. He raised hogs, Black Angus cattle, and allowed Erma to raise chickens. While farming, he learned the construction and electric trades by building and wiring his own barns and corn cribs. He was also the neighborhood welder. His children remember mixing many, many batches of concrete with their Dad.
In 1976, Cornie and Erma built a new house two miles south of the home place. Cornie built the house with help from neighbors and friends. After he semi-retired from farming, he started Vans Electrical Wiring, and whenever he worked with his brother Don, they called themselves Quabus Construction. Later, Cornie turned the business over to his son John.
In his mid-40s, Cornie had a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ while doing field work. His heart was filled with a passion to reach the lost. He got involved with the Navigators and started doing evangelistic work in area towns. Cornie had a real heart for evangelism and the Word of God. He and his family started attending Lower Grove Community Church in 1972.
Later, Cornie felt called to take correspondence courses with Moody Bible College with the intent of becoming a pastor. He received his pastoral certificate from the Association of Fundamental Ministers and Churches and was ordained on March 23, 1979. He became the pastor of Lower Grove Community Church in 1980 and served there for over 30 years.
Some of the other activities that Cornie enjoyed include singing in the Peoria male chorus, serving on the Pella Cooperative Electric Association Board, and serving with the Gideons. For a time, Cornie and Erma were directors of the Liberty House in Pella, a halfway house for troubled women. Additionally, Cornie served on the Freedom Bible Camp Board, and spent countless hours constructing buildings and teaching Bible classes at Win-Some Bible Camp.
Family was of great significance to Cornie. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Erma with almost 74 years of marriage, six children: Donna and Don VerMeer, of Longmont, Colorado, Sandy and Ken Van Wyk, of Byron Center, Michigan, Nancy (Pete) Westerkamp, of Pella, Iowa, Warren and Bonnie (VanWoerkom) Van Wyngarden, of New Sharon, Iowa, Maxine and Rich Rozendaal, of Pella, Iowa, and John and Sharon (Terlouw) Van Wyngarden, of New Sharon, Iowa; eighteen grandchildren, thirty-six great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
On May 8, 2018, Cornie was at the Pella Regional Health Center when he went home to be with Jesus at the age of 96 years. In addition to his immediate family, Cornie is also suvived by, his brother, Jerry and wife Betty Van Wyngarden of Holland, MI, his sister Alda and husband Nundi Dyal-Chand of Beaumont, CA, and his sister-in-law Minnie (Henry) Van Wyngarden of Pella, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Sadie, his parents-in-law John and Susie Vander Hart, his sister Cornelia Bandstra and husband Gerrit, his sister Tina Mae Bandstra and husband James, his brother Henry, his brother Don and wife Helen, his son-in-law Pete Westerkamp, his great-grandson Jordan Loomis, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Fred and Goldie De Nooy.
From the family:
Our Dad was a humble person and would not want us to boast about any of his accomplishments, because he believed that anything he was able to accomplish was due to the goodness and faithfulness of his Lord Jesus Christ. Although he was raised in the church his entire life, he said he was not a saved man until his mid-40s. It was at that point he realized he needed to repent of his sins and personally receive Jesus Christ as his Savior (Acts 2:38, Luke 13:3, Rom. 10:9). Most importantly, he would want you to do the same, so that you would also have assurance of your salvation.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 12, at Trinity Reformed Church in Pella. Memorial donations may be given to Lower Grove Church, The Gideons, or Freedom Bible Camp in Chariton. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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