Gorman Rozendaal, 88, passed away June 2, 2019, at his home in Sully. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at Lynnville Friends Church. Memorials have been designated for Newton Cowboy Church, Lynnville Friends Church, or Hospice of Pella.
Gorman “Pete” Duane Rozendaal was born Feb. 3, 1931, to Peter and Henrietta “Dolly” (Vander Wilt) Rozendaal, in his parents’ home in Sully. He attended school through the eighth grade in Sully. Gorman met LaDonna Schuring who was a waitress at her parents’ restaurant in Sully. Gorman was demanding to be waited on with a firm fist on the counter. They were united in marriage on Aug. 22, 1952, at Sully First Reformed Church.
In his early years, Gorman helped his dad with carpenter work. They built the Sully First Reformed Church. Then he built his home that he lived in for 65 years. Gorman worked for Maytag for 30 years and retired at age 50; he also worked for Sully Telephone, Schmidt Lumber, Sully Creamery, and Sully Farm Supply. He had his own business on the side as a Maytag repairman. Three years ago, he decided he wanted to go back to work and found a job as a Walmart greeter. He said this was the best job he ever had. His last day there was Apr. 29, 2019. Gorman met a lot of people there and enjoyed every moment.
Some of Gorman’s hobbies were collecting Lions Club pins, Maytag trucks, and clocks. He enjoyed gospel songs and Gaither music, woodworking, camping, and watching grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sports activities. He will be remembered for his love for the Lord and always being friendly and helpful to others.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife LaDonna and their family: A daughter Cindy (Gerald) Pleima of Pella; a daughter-in-law Jodi Rozendaal of Newton; six grandchildren; 11 great-grand-children; four nieces; two nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Gorman was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Duane Rozendaal; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Rozendaal; his great-grandson in infancy, Garrett Dean VerMeer; his sisters, Leola and Virgil Kooistra and Adelaide and Lloyd Van De Krol; his in-laws: Grace and John Schuring Borrall, Johnny Borrall, Harlan and Colleen Schuring, and Shirley Schuring.
All Gorman ever wanted was for everyone to find Jesus Christ.