In 2010 he received the John Lowry Distinguished Service Award by IATO. In 2012 the high hurdle event at the Knoxville Panther Relays was named in his honor. He was named Official of the Year on several occasions by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. He was a highly respected starter and thoroughly enjoyed watching the accomplishments of young athletes. This was very fulfilling to Gerald until his retirement in 2005.
Gerald and Nancy were privileged to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary in 2013, though he was facing many health challenges following a diagnosis of cancer in 1996. Gerald cherished his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities and events. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Those who are left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nancy, of Indianola, daughter, Lana Michele Smith and her husband, Paul, and their two children: Jay and Kaylee of Indianola, Iowa; daughter, Dr. Lisa Ann Copple and her husband, Kenton, and two children: Kade and Carson of Waukee, Iowa; son Thomas G. Kuiper and his wife, Tammy, and daughter Avery, 3 stepsons, Austin, Caleb and Sage of Pella, Iowa; two sisters, Violet Boot and Norma Hiemstra; his mother-in-law, Pauline (Van Kooten) Terpstra, all of Pella; five sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law: Gretta and Chester Geels of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Carole and Henry Stavinga of Largo, Florida, Georgia and Dr. Sander deHaan of Holland, Michigan, Frances Van Waardhuizen of Farmington, Missouri, and Myrna and Gerald Schuiling of Rockford, Michigan; and many special nieces and nephews, cousins, an aunt and dear friends. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph G. and Nellie Kuiper; his father-in-law, George A. Terpstra; his brothers-in-law: Arvin Boot, Rev. Harold Hiemstra and Charles Van Waardhuizen; three nieces: Kaylene Boot, Valerie Hiemstra and Michele Van Waardhuizen, and a nephew, Aaron Van Waardhuizen. Gerald was baptized at the Third Reformed Church and made profession of his faith at the First Reformed Church in Pella. At the time of his death he was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella. Arrangements were handled by Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home in Pella.