JOHN DE JONG

j-de-jong-web-photo.jpgJohn De Jong, of Mora, died on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at his home. He was 74 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, Januray 5th, 2009 at First Presbyterian Church in Mora. VISITATION will be from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 4th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. INTERMENT will be at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

John George De Jong, Jr. of Mora, MN passed away unexpectedly Dec. 30, 2008 at his home in Mora. He was 74 years old.

John was born April 11, 1934 at home in rural Ogilvie to John and Dora De Jong, Sr. He grew up on the family farm the fourth of seven siblings. He attended country school at Ann Lake until eighth grade then attended Ogilvie High School until graduating in 1953. After high school he tried enlisting in the Army but was rejected because of a bunion – the Army did not want to provide medical services because of the added expense. He then studied drafting for two years at a local technical school.

John worked at Lampert Yards in Mora for 15 years. He also worked at the fertilizer plant in Ogilvie; Mora Industries; managed Motel Mora for a short time; Mora High School as a janitor; and then was transferred to Fairview Elementary as a maintenance man until November 26, 1988 when he suffered a massive heart attack and became disabled.

John spent 13 years as an unpaid volunteer at One More Time Clothing Store in Mora which is sponsored by the Seven County Senior Federation. He was a board member for 11 years for the Federation.

John enjoyed fishing, camping trips with the family, plastic canvas work, puzzles and spending time with family and grandchildren.

Little did John know that he would meet his soon-to-be wife, Harriet Norman, at his brother, Dick’s, wedding in 1960. John and Harriet were married March 24, 1961 at Ogilvie Christian Reformed Church and lived in the Mora and Ogilvie areas for their 47 years of married life. To this union four children were born.

John was an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Mora. He put God first in life and loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed all family gatherings and holidays. He was always ready and willing to help family and friends. John was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

John is survived by his wife, Harriet, of Mora; son, George (Colleen) De Jong of Ogilvie; daughters, Janice (James) Droll-Taylor of Fridley; Deloris (Michael) Katke of Milaca; and Denise (Richard) Greydanus-Porter of Elba, NE; brother, Richard (Ruth) De Jong of Blaine; sisters, Theresa (Clarence) Zylstra of Monroe, WA; Sophia Hoekstra of Mora; Agnes (Al) Ziesmer of Ogilvie; Grace Howard of Princeton; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild expected summer 2009; three step-granddaughters and one step great-granddaughter.

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