Ernest J. Eysink, 93


Ernest J. Eysink, 93, of Sully, died Saturday, Mar. 30, 2024. Funeral service was at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Apr. 3, at Sully Com-munity Church. Memorials have been designated for Gideons International, PO Box 161, Pella, IA 50219.

Ernest J. Eysink was born at home Jan. 9, 1931, to John and Johanna (De Jong) Eysink in Sully.

Ernest was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952, served as a gunner in the Korean Conflict in Japan, earned the rank of Corporal, and was honorably discharged in 1954.

June 14, 1957, he was united in marriage to Joan Van Manen in Lynnville. To this union, they were blessed with three daughters: Faye, Louise, and Bernice.

Ernest farmed his entire life, both livestock and grain farming. He was a member of Gideons International, Christian Farmers, 4-H member and leader, Jasper County Fair Board, and Farm Bureau. Ernest was a member of Sully Community Church where he served on the church board, Youth for Christ, and was a Sunday school teacher, mid-week teacher, elder, deacon, and treasurer. In 1987, he became active in Gideons International.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Joan and their family: Faye (Darwin) Vos, Andy (Victoria) Frye and children Natilia Spoelstra, Sophie Morrison, Hayden Frye, Amanda (Brady) Van Maanen and children Riley and Ayla, Jacob Vos and Brittany Newton; Louise (Jim) Redding, Thane, Jordan, and Skyler (Nicki) Redding; Bernice (Tim) Sigler, Netanya, Atalya, and Asher Sigler; brother-in-law Norman Van Manen; sister-in-law Barbara Van Manen; and many nieces and nephews.

Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law Peter and Minnie (Vonk) Van Manen, sister Norma (Raymond) Terlouw, son-in-law Keith Frye, and close friend T.J. Redding.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. -Ephesians 2:8-9.

Ernest’s Testimony

                Ernie remembered Al Larson speaking at the Plymouth Brethren meeting room often about the need for a personal relationship with Christ.  He went forward at a meeting with speaker Clarence Erickson of the Heaven and Home Hour Radio Broadcast. He was convicted by Romans 10:13-14 of the necessity of making a public profession of his faith. He was baptized in a livestock tank. After his baptism, he took communion each week at the meeting room. In 1958, he joined Sully Community Church and served in various leadership positions.

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