DIKE — Alvin James Meester, 82, of Dike, died Friday, Feb. 2, at Grundy Center Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 29, 1935, in Grundy County, son of Henry and Tena (DeVries) Meester. Al was a 1954 graduate of Dike High School. He worked for the Dike Feed store for eight years before training to be a technician for Eastern Iowa Breeders Association. On Feb. 12, 1960, he married Shirley Kruse at Steamboat Rock Baptist Church.
In 1965 he became a farmer south of Dike, retiring after 25 years, and then worked for the city of Dike and for Thoroughbred Seeds. Al served six years in the National Guard and was a 40-year charter member of the Dike Lions Club and a member of Pleasant Valley Reformed Church where he served on the consistory as both deacon and elder.
Survivors: his wife; three sons, Troy (Terri) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Alex of Athens, Ala., and Eric (Tina) of Wasilla, Ark; a daughter, Dawn (Kevin) Zandberg of Salt Lake City, Utah; nine grandchildren, Tiffany (Matthew) Huston of Fort Collins, Colo., Taylor (Sebastian) Koeckeis of Jersey City, N.J., Adam, Tom, and Philip Meester of Austin, Texas, Morgan and Joshua Zandberg of Salt Lake City, Qwendolyn Meester of Cornelius, N.C., and Toren Tischer of Wasilla, Ark.; a sister, Rosie Aalderks of Parkersburg; sister-in-laws, Barb (Marvin) Meester of Dike, Irene Espe (Arnold) of Cedar Rapids, LaVonne (Tom) Kruse of Dallas, Texas, Eileen (Ernest) Kruse of Ackley, Ruth (Darrell) Bleeker of Steamboat Rock, and Beulah (Arnold) Kruse of James Town, N.D.
Preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Marvin and Gaylen Meester; brother-in-laws, Ernest, Tom, and Arnold Kruse, Arnold Espe, Darrell Bleeker and Marvin Aalderks.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Pleasant Valley Reformed Church, rural Holland, with burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Engelkes-Ables Dike Chapel in Dike and before services Thursday at the church.
Memorials: to the family to be donated to a charity of their choosing at a later date.
Online condolences at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
His joy was his family, traveling to visit his children and grandchildren in Texas, Colorado, Utah, North Carolina and Alaska.