Calvin James “Jim” VanHulzen, 69, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died peacefully at his home on Dec. 6, 2021, after a long battle with MS.
A funeral service was Monday, Dec. 13, at First Reformed Church in Sioux Falls.
Calvin James “Jim” VanHulzen was born on April 17, 1952, to Herman and Helen (Tinklenberg) VanHulzen in Pipestone. He grew up around the Edgerton-Magnolia area and graduated from Southwest Christian High School in 1970 in Edgerton.
Upon graduation, Jim pursued an electrical degree at Jackson Vo-Tech. Jim met Linda Buss of Luverne at a movie theatre in Luverne, and they were married on Sept. 2, 1972, at the Methodist Church in Luverne. They lived in Luverne for seven years and have resided in Sioux Falls for over 40 years. Jim loved hunting and enjoyed his corvette cars.
Jim served in the United States Army Reserves for six years. He worked with electrical motors and wiring fire trucks before he started driving trucks. Jim was employed by Dan Dugan Transport until the company closed. He also worked at Dakota Corrugated Box Company until his MS illness caused him to retire.
Jim suffered from MS for over 30 years. Despite his illness, he faced each day with a smile and tried to live each day to the fullest with Linda’s care for him.
Jim was a member of the First Reformed Church of Sioux Falls and had served as a deacon.
Jim is survived by his wife, Linda; siblings Marianne Havemann of Grandville, Michigan, Jan (Rog) Reitsma of Sioux Falls, Barb (Verlyn) Ruiter of Leota, and Faith (Bob) Prins of Chandler; brother-in-law Roy (Judy) Buss, Luverne; sisters-in-law Shirley Anderson of Fairmont and Kelli (Carolyn) Voog of Centerville, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Roy and Alice Buss of Luverne, and brothers-in-law Larry Anderson and LaValle Voog.
Arrangements were provided by Heritage Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, www.heritagesfsd.com.