Harold Vander Schoor of Hawarden went home to be with his Lord Monday, September 10, 2012, surrounded by his family at home. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 13 at First Baptist Church in Hawarden with Pastor Stuart Schreur officiating. Casket bearers will be his grandchildren. A Committal Service will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, the family will be present at 6:00 p.m., Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Mount Funeral Home is assisting Porter Funeral Home with arrangements. Memorials in Harold’s honor may be directed to: Hospice of Siouxland, Attn: Melissa Peterson, 4300 Hamilton Blvd., Sioux City, IA 51104 or First Baptist Church, PO Box 288, Hawarden, IA 51023. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.mountfuneralhome.com.
Harold Arthur Vander Schoor was born on April 1, 1921, to Gerrit and Nellie (Zordrager) Vander Schoor in Hawarden. He graduated from Hawarden High School in 1939 and continued his education in 1941 going to welding school (NYA) in Milford, IA. He went on to weld in the shipyards of Bremerton, WA, during WWII. When he returned to Hawarden, he took a job as a hired hand where he met his future wife. On December 21, 1945, Harold united in marriage to Arta Louise Davis in Sioux City.
They farmed together for 25 years before moving into Hawarden in 1970 where Harold worked for Kane’s Beef Packinghouse until it closed and then welded at Alkota in Alcester, SD. Later he retired in 1986 after 15 years of bookkeeping for Scroggs Feed and Grain. That gave him more time to pursue his hobby, growing fruit trees of all kinds.
As a youth, he attended the Associated Church before joining the First Baptist Church of Hawarden, having been a member since 1948. Harold will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was a devoted Christian man that dearly loved his family and friends.
Grateful for having shared in Harold’s life: his wife of more than 66 years, Arta Vander Schoor of Hawarden; 3 daughters: Sharon (Norm) DeBoom of Sioux Center, IA, Linda (Bob) Bouwman of Akron, and Debra VanBruggen of Hawarden; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren: Brent (Marsha) DeBoom, Paige, Addyson, Michelle (Mark) Mount, Meghan, Mason, Brian (Racquel) DeBoom, Alexandria, Angela (Brian) Fransen, Emma, Henrik, Eric Bouwman, Jason (Jessica) DeBoom, Reece, Ella and Katie VanBruggen; along with several in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by: his parents, 2 sisters: Madelyn (Alfred) Skogman and Isabel (Tom) Tomlinson; 3 brothers: Wallace, Raymond (Geraldine) and Earl (infancy) Vander Schoor; 3 nephews: Les Tomlinson, Steve Skogman and Jerry Skogman; and a niece, Roberta Vander Schoor.