June A. Kroon, 89, Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids.
A funeral service was Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids. A private family burial was at Eastside Cemetery near Steen.
June Vander Kooi was born Oct. 16, 1926, to William and Anna (De Groot) Vander Kooi in Sheldon, Iowa. She lived on a family farm during the Depression years and attended a country school three miles south of Doon, Iowa. When she was in sixth grade, her family moved closer to Rock Valley, Iowa, and she attended Rock Valley School. In ninth grade her family had a farm sale and moved to California for one year. They returned to northwest Iowa, living in Hull to help care for her grandfather. Because there was no work to be found for her father, they moved to Ontario, New York, where she continued her education and worked in a factory and a day care center. Two years later she returned to Hull to provide care for her grandfather and finished her senior year.
June married Herman Kroon on May 25, 1945. They moved to the Kroon family farm where they lived for 55 years. They sold grade A milk and raised crops. Herman died on July 9, 2000. June continued to live on the family farm. Because of health issues, she moved to Lyon Specialty Care in September of 2016 after being hospitalized from a fall.
June enjoyed reading, cooking and visiting with all her family and friends. Her love for Christ was evident to all who knew her.
She is survived by her five children, John (Emilene) Kroon of Steen, Faith (Erwin) De Boer of Hills, Bill (Lila) Kroon, Harlan (Krista) Kroon, and Dan (Tammy) Kroon, all of Rock Rapids; fourteen grandchildren; thirty-six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister-in-law, Christine Kroon of Rock Rapids; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Kroon; a brother, Willis Vander Kooi; and a sister, Dorothy Coffman.
Arrangements were by Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.