Howard Abram Kooiman

Howard Abram Kooiman, 82, died unexpectedly at his home in Manhattan, Mont., on March 3, 2015.

He was born Oct. 9, 1932, in Redlands, Calif., the son of Herman and Martha (Dangerman) Kooiman. He married Goldean Vogelaar on June 6, 1951, and moved to Bellflower, Calif., where he milked cows and then drove a grain truck until 1978, when he moved his family to Enumclaw to start a family dairy farm. After farming in Enumclaw for 12 years, they moved to Lynden, Wash., to continue farming. In 1990, his wife died. On July 3, 1993, he married Grace VanderVeen (Slendebroek). He retired from farming in 1997 and, about 10 years ago, they moved to Belgrade, Mont., where he enjoyed helping with the potato harvest on his son-in-law’s farm. He was a charter member of the United Reformed Church of Lynden and a member of Belgrade United Reformed Church; he was active in his church his entire life.

He is survived by his wife Grace; sons Curt, Bob, Brian (Lisa) and Kevin (Hannah); daughter Sandra Kuipers (Dan); sister Marian; brothers Elmer (Trudi) and Adrian (Marilyn); stepchildren Margie (Jerry) VandeBurgt, John (Mary) VanderVeen, Susan (Nick) Schutter and Tom (Erin) VanderVeen; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 20 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services took place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Belgrade United Reformed Church. Interment was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Monumenta Cemetery in Lynden, Wash.

Arrangements were by Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.

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