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Henry Steensma "Hank"

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
2:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel
401 Main St.
Sanborn, IA 51248

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
11:00 AM
Cornerstone United Reformed Church
805 Sunrise Ave.
Sanborn, IA 51248

Special Services:
Family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening for family visitation hours. Burial for Hank will be at 10:15 a.m. on Wednsday at Roseland Cemetery.

Henry John (Hank) Steensma, the son of John and Katrina (Sjaarda) Steensma, was born in Iowa on April 18, 1924. Hank lived his youth and received his education in Sanborn until joining the US Navy during World War II. He later returned to Sanborn, where he met the love of his life, Jeanette Green.
Hank and Jeanette were united in marriage on August 28, 1952, in Ireton, IA and were blessed with two sons, Jon Gregory and Randall Dean. Following their marriage, they lived near Sanborn before moving to Artesia, CA, in 1955. During the eight years they lived there, Hank worked at a tool and die company. After this Hank and Jeanette resided in Ripon, CA for 24 years. During which time, Hank farmed almonds, walnuts, and grapes and did mechanical work for area farmers. They next moved to Wenatchee, WA for 10 years to be nearer to their son Randy and his family. They returned to Sanborn in 1999 and continued friendships with some of their long-time acquaintances such as the "UB Club" (Unmarried Boys).
Hank was a member of the Cornerstone United Reformed Church of Sanborn and the American Legion.
He is survived by his children: Gregg and Cheryl Steensma of Ripon, CA, and Randy and Sue Steensma of Wenatchee, WA; grandchildren: Renee’ (Murray) Smith, Eric (Alyx), Brent (Kim), Lisa, and Brad; two sisters: Cynthia Wishnew and Edith (Dan) Nannenga; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Jeanette; his parents; and siblings Nick (Lavina), Bernard (Sadie), and Wineta Steensma; his brother-in-law, Howard Wishnew; and his niece, Pat Steensma.
During their later years, Hank and Jeanette traveled extensively, Australia, Europe and Israel being a few of their destinations. They also saw much of the US from their RV and spent their winters in Texas, Arizona, California, and Washington. Hank was able to see much of the Orient while in his 80’s and thoroughly enjoyed his time on a cruise ship. Hank will be remembered for his model trains and 1966 yellow “T-Bird”. His other interests included finance, crossword puzzles, gardening, and tinkering with almost anything that could be fixed. He was a private pilot for a time and enjoyed flying from Southern California to Iowa and other destinations until their move to Ripon. He supported higher education by providing an engineering scholarship at Dordt College and encouraged his grandchildren as they achieved many things. A fall in spring 2009 slowed Hank down, resulting in his move to the assisted living at Prairie View. He enjoyed visiting with the other residents as well as friends and relatives who stopped by. He was faithful in emailing (although “Spell Check” was sometimes ignored) or telephoning others to keep in contact. A special “thank-you” to the Prairie View staff who cared so lovingly for him, friends who visited him, and to the John Steensma and Jim Hofland families for their continued support.
In loving memory of
Henry “Hank” Steensma
Born ~ April 18, 1924
Died ~ July 17, 2012
Age ~ 88 years 2 months 29 days

Memorial Service
11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Cornerstone United Reformed Church
Sanborn, Iowa

Rev. Todd DeRooy
Kris VanBeek
Laura Van Beek
Dave & Julie Hofland
Special Music
“Come To The Savior Now”
Congregational Singing
Processional ~ “Blessed Assurance”
“When Peace Like A River”
Recessional ~ Amazing Grace”

Gregg Steensma Randy Steensma Eric Steensma
Dan Alons James Hofland John Steensma

Henry Hofland ~ Junior Postma

Roseland Cemetery ~ Sanborn, Iowa
(At 10:15 a.m. Wednesday July 25th)

Military Graveside Rites by
Sanborn American Legion
Earl T. Conaway Post #318

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