GORDON A. WILTERDINK

Gordon A. Wilterdink, 90, of Oostburg, died peacefully with his family at his side Saturday evening, Aug. 10, 2013, while at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

Gordon was born March 15, 1923, in the town of Lima, son of Theodore and Hattie (Eernisse) Wilterdink. He was a 1940 graduate of Sheboygan Falls High School.

Gordon served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific from 1943-46.

On Aug. 16, 1946, he married Beatrice B. Caljouw in Cedar Grove.

Gordon worked at Hopeman’s in Hingham from 1946-80 and then was employed as a foreman with Kohler Co. for 29 years until his retirement in 2009. In his retirement, he enjoyed his part-time work as a tour guide for the Kohler Co.

Gordon was a lifelong member of Hingham Reformed Church where he was a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Men’s Quartet and choir.

He was active in the Hingham Post of the American Legion, the Hingham Athletic Association, a past president of Wisconsin Classis of Reformed Church America, and the Prison Fellowship for 27 years.

Gordon enjoyed gardening, traveling, and yard work.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beatrice; his daughter, Carol (Dick) VanEss of Oostburg; his son, Bob (Kay) Wilterdink of Hingham; six grandchildren, Joel (Sandy) VanEss, Kim (Chris) Hendrikse, Todd (Heather) Van- Ess, Alan (Amy) Wilterdink, Deborah (Kevin) Oonk and Jeremy (January) Wilterdink; 19 great-grandchildren; brotherin law, EJ (Betty) Caljouw of Oostburg; and three sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Gene) Charles of Sheboygan, Carolyn Ver- Straate of Sheboygan and Judith (Russell) Lilyquist of Sheboygan.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Henrietta (Willis) Ebbers, Esther (Jess) Hopeman, Alma (Norman) Nyhof and Marian (Bill Albers and Wally Kleinhans) Kleinhans; and one brother, Harvey (Jeanette) Wilterdink.

Funeral services to celebrate Gordon’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Hingham Reformed Church with the Rev. Steven J. Bakker officiating. Burial and military honors will take place in Hingham Cemetery in the town of Lima.

Relatives and friends may call at the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 4-7 p.m.; and on Wednesday, at church, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:30 a.m.

A memorial fund has been established in Gordon’s name for Hingham Reformed Church and the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.wenigfuneralhome.com.

The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is assisting Gordon’s family with arrangements.

The Wilterdink family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the love and dedicated care given to Gordon and his family.


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