Pella Chronicle


January 17, 2014

Ben Mulder

Pella — Benjamin William Mulder was born on March 14, 1921, at Hawarden, Iowa. His mother was Ida (Borgman) and his father was Ed Mulder. They were the parents of ten children and Ben was their fifth child. He grew up on the family farm and attended country grade school through the 8th grade at Hawarden. At the age of 16 years Ben and the family moved to a farm near Ireton, Iowa. It was here that Ben met Josie Anema at a youth group at the Ireton Christian Reformed Church. On November 3, 1942, they were united in marriage at the home of her parents, Paul and Kathrine (Van Schepen) Anema. On October 24, 1942 Ben was drafted into the United States Army and entered active military service on November 7, 1942. On May 27, 1944, their daughter, Carol Jean, was born. He served as a medical technician in northern France and Central Europe during World War II and was honorably discharged on October 27, 1945. He received several decorations and citations for his service and he remained a proud veteran for his military service the remainder of his lifetime. Following his discharge he and Josie returned to the family farm near Ireton where they farmed for 11 years. During this time their three sons were born: Clifford Dean on April 10, 1947, Dennis Lee on June 10, 1950 and Benton Jay on December 15, 1955. In 1962 the family moved to Pella, Iowa where Ben worked for Farm Service and the Farmers Cooperative Exchange in Jasper and Marion Counties until his retirement in 1984. He then enjoyed doing woodworking and carpentry work and loved fishing at Lake Okoboji. He and Josie enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and various other places and spending the winters in Redlands, California. They were privileged to enjoy 71 years of marriage and in December, 2013, became residents at the Vriendschaap Village in Pella. Ben and Josie assisted each other there and on Friday, January 10, 2014, he passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella at the age of 92 years. His family always knew they were loved and of his level of commitment to his faith as he never missed his daily devotions. Those left to honor his memory are his faithful wife, Josie, age 98 years; their four children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. They and their families are Carol and Henry Wynja of Pella, Cliff and Sheryl (Van Steenis) Mulder of Pella, Dennis and Sheryl (Veldhuizen) Mulder of Oskaloosa, Benton and Becky (Nymeyer) Mulder of Redlands, California.

Of his original family Ben leaves one brother, Curtis Mulder of Denver, Colorado; two sisters: Geneva ( Jacob) Kramer of Sioux Center, Iowa and Ila Schiebout and her husband, Chris of Orange City, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Gertrude (Irwin) Mulder of Sheldon, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Ida Mulder; five brothers and their wives: Alvin Mulder and his wives, Rose and Gladys, Clarence and Anna Mulder, William Mulder, Irwin Mulder, Lawrence and Frances Mulder; and a sister, Edna Mulder; along with his parents-in-law, Paul and Katherine Anema. Ben was baptized at the Hawarden Reformed Church in Hawarden and made profession of his faith at the Ireton Reformed Church in Ireton at the age of 18 years. He was a charter member of the Faith Christian Reformed Church in Pella where he had served on the building committee when the church was built and on the consistory. He was a member of the VFW Post No. 5242 and the Van Veen- Van Hemert American Legion Post No. 89 of Pella, Iowa.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at the Faith Christian Reformed Church in Pella.  Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  

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