Bert Den Herder

The Rev. Bert Den Herder, 94, Edgerton, formerly of Luverne, died Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 6, at the Luverne Christian Reformed Church. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery near Luverne. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne.

Bert Den Herder was born Dec. 18, 1923, to Eibert and Tillie (Mol) Den Herder in Sioux Center, Iowa. He was baptized in the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center and made his profession of faith there in December of 1941. He attended Sioux Center Public School and then Northwestern Classical Academy and Junior College in Orange City, Iowa.

On June 24, 1948, Bert married Clara Beukelman at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center. In 1950 Bert enrolled at Calvin College and Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from seminary in May of 1955 and served his first church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, until 1960. He served churches in   Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, from 1960 to 1964 and Chilliwack, British Columbia, from 1964 to 1967. In October of 1967 they moved back to the United States, first in Luverne, serving the Christian Reformed Church from 1967 to 1980, and then in Kanawha, Iowa, from 1980 to 1989.

In April of 1989 the couple formally retired and settled in Luverne. Bert continued to remain active in local church life. In 2013 he and Clara moved to the Poplar Creek Apartments in Luverne. His wife, Clara, died Sept. 5, 2014. Bert continued to reside in their apartment until September 2015, when he became a resident at Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, where he continued to use his gifts to share God’s word.

Bert was a member of the Luverne Christian Reformed Church. He loved being active in the life of the congregations he served and other Christian Reformed churches whenever he was needed. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and playing scrabble with Clara.

Bert is survived by six children, Lois Vos of Newton, Iowa, Phyllis (Kenneth) Vos of Luverne, David (Mittie) Den Herder of Grand Rapids, Michigan, James (Debra) Den Herder and Calvin Den Herder, all of Luverne, and Mary (Kurt) Harle of Clear Lake, Iowa; 17 grandchildren, Jennifer (Nick) Breems, Daniel (Lisa) Vos, Joel (Christie) Vos, Laura (Terence) Visser, Kyle (Amber) Vos, Kristi (Bruce) Van Dyken, Ruth Den Herder, Mark (Jennifer) Den Herder, Joshua (Sandra) Den Herder, Matthew (Ginger) Den Herder, Lindsay (Luke) Hayes, Tyler (Amanda) Den Herder, Trevor (Chelsi) Den Herder, Colby Den Herder, Cayd Den Herder, Caitlin Harle, and Jacob Harle; 36 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Bert was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; a great-granddaughter, Juniper Den Herder; his parents; and a son-in-law, Roger Vos.

Memorials may be directed to the Luke Society or the Luverne Christian Reformed Church Evangelism Committee dedicated for the Wayside Chapel.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, 


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