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Bernard “Bernie K” Krommendyk 1920-2009

Apr 16, 2009

CHEROKEE — Bernard “Bernie K” Krommendyk, 88, was received by the Lord on Easter morning, April 12, 2009 with his wife of 65 years, his children and his grandchildren at his bedside as he made the journey.

Funeral services will be today, Thursday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. The Rev. Ethan D. Sayler will officiate.

Burial and military rites will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Ireton. The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee is in charge of arrangements.

Bernie was born Oct. 31, 192,0 at Hull to Henry and Della (Bouma) Krommendyk. He graduated from Ireton High School in 1939.

Bernie served in the 101st Airborne from 1942 until 1945. He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, was captured a few days later and spent 11 months as a Prisoner of War.

He was married to Ann Margaret Leusink on Aug. 17, 1943, at Grand Rapids, MI. The couple lived in LeMars for over 40 years. Following retirement they moved to Lost Island Lake near Ruthven. The last four years he resided in Cherokee.

Bernie was a restaurant equipment salesman for McCormack Distributing in LeMars for over 40 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church and a member of Wasmer American Legion Post at LeMars. He had been active in the work of POWs on a local, state and national levels. He enjoyed taking his family fishing. The last few years of his life were spent writing his memoirs and watching his grandchildren’s activities. Bernie loved the Chicago Cubs, time spent playing cards with his children and being in parades representing the POWs of Northwest Iowa.

He is survived by his wife Ann and five children: James Krommendyk of Great Falls, MT; Mary House and her fiancé Gerald Boatman of Cherokee; Dale (Robin) Krommendyk of Sioux Falls, SD; Jayne (Randy) Martin of Rockwell City; Leanne (Troy) Valentine of Cherokee; eight grandchildren: Matthew House; Karah and Olivia Thompson, Spencer Krommendyk; Justin and Ryan Martin; Alanna and Trey Valentine; his brothers and sisters: Margaret (Simon) Disselkoen of Zealand, MI; Leonard (Lorraine) Krommendyk of Orange City; Henrietta (John) Blacquire of Holland, MI; Joanne (Dick) Hoogland of Sioux Center; Preston (Carol) Krommendyk of Fremont, MI; a sister-in-law Sylvia Krommendyk of Worthington, MN and many nieces and nephews.

Bernie Krommendyk was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Delmar Krommendyk, two brothers-in-law Pete Dykstra and Gary Leusink; two sisters-in-law Alice Leusink and Frances Leusink.

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