David Wiertzema

David Allen Wiertzema, 67, Adrian, formerly of Ellsworth, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.

A memorial service was Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. Burial of cremains was at the Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth.

David Wiertzema was born Dec. 28, 1950, to Herman and Lena (DeBoer) Wiertzema in Adrian. He attended country school in Viola Township, near Little Rock, Iowa. Dave graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1969. He later graduated from Worthington Community College.

Dave married Jerre Block on Oct. 2, 1971, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. The couple began farming east of Ellsworth. Dave then worked as the manager at Great Plains Supply Company. He also owned and operated Dave’s Lumber Barn in Ellsworth for over twenty years. He worked as a carpenter and in construction. He later worked at Running’s, in Worthington and at the Tractor Supply Company before retiring in December of 2016.

He was a member of Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth, where he served as a trustee, elder, Sunday school teacher, Bible study leader and youth group adviser. Dave was a member of the Ellsworth Optimist Club, a 4-H leader and directed community theater in Worthington and Adrian. Perhaps his most proud activity was directing the Living Last Supper in Ellsworth, portraying Thomas, Andrew and Jesus. He enjoyed farming, country and western music and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also loved to ride motorcycles since he was twelve years old.

Dave is survived by his wife, Jerre Wiertzema, Adrian; his mother, Lena Wiertzema, Ellsworth; three children, Carolyn (Jason) Krapfl, Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, Brian (Mandy) Wiertzema, Ellsworth, and Jill (Chris) Wolf, Adrian; seven grandchildren, Olivia, Daniel and Emily Krapfl and Quentin, Ana, Caleb and Cyrus Wolf; his in-laws Gene and Dawn Block, Lyle, and Bill Johnson and families, Chula Vista, California; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herman, and in-laws Don Block, Merlyn Block Veenhof, Bill Veenhof and Sandi Johnson.

Arrangements were provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Adrian, www.dingmannandsons.com.

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