KENNETH W. VERSTRAATE

Kenneth W. VerStraate, 87, of Oostburg, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 23, 2013, at Meadow View Manor in Sheboygan, where he resided for the past few days.

Kenneth was born Jan. 9, 1926 in Oostburg, son of John and Hattie (Oonk) Ver- Straate. He was a 1944 graduate of Oostburg High School.

Kenneth served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944-46.

On June 10, 1949, he married Johanna Riel in Waupun. Johanna passed away Aug. 1, 2007.

Kenneth was employed as a mail clerk with Armira Leather in Sheboygan for many years until his retirement in 1986.

Kenneth was a lifelong member of First Reformed Church in Oostburg, where he served as an elder, deacon, usher, and in Young at Heart.

He delivered for Meals on Wheels for 14 years. Kenneth enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, stamp collecting, card playing, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kenneth is survived by his daughter, Sharon (Jim) Dekanich of Sheboygan Falls; his son, Glenn (Shari) VerStraate of Howards Grove; six grandchildren: Matthew Dekanich, Kimberly (Dale) Porter, Angela (Clayton) Keller, and Laura and Eric VerStraate, and Jill (Brady) Mork; four great-grandchildren: Isaac, Grace and Caleb Porter, and Ava VerStraate; one sisterin law, Haleta (Cliff) Otte of Sheboygan Falls and two brothers-in-law, Will (Joyce) Riel of Waupun and Wally (Katherine) Riel of Waupun.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 58 years, Johanna.

Per Kenneth’s wishes, a private funeral service with military honors will be held at the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg with the Rev. Brian Taylor officiating. Burial will take place in Oostburg Cemetery in the town of Holland.

A memorial fund has been established in Kenneth’s name for First Reformed Church in Oostburg, Meals on Wheels, and Friends of St. Nicholas Hospital.

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 Kenneth’s family with arrangements.


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