Orville Gradus Bensink was born on May 18, 1921, in the Bethel neighborhood northwest of Pella, Iowa. He was an only child of William G. and Elizabeth Pearl (Rietveld) Bensink. He attended the Bunker Hill Country Grade School. On December 22, 1941, he was united in marriage with Esther Marie Brummel in the parsonage of the Reverend Anthony Haverkamp, Minister of the First Reformed Church in Pella where he had made profession of his faith early in life.
Orville had a keen aptitude for mechanical aspects of the implements, tractors, and automobiles which were in the day of changing people's work-styles and life styles. He pursued these interests throughout his working career for the Verploeg Implement Company and later Vermeer Manufacturing Company. While at Vermeer he was named employee of the month on different occasions.
He and his wife, Esther, had over 70 happy and devoted years together and they raised three children: Larry Orville, William Henry, and Linda Beth.
Orville was well known to offer a firm handshake and his famous words of advice to his grandchildren: "have fun, make it clean fun, and do your best." He could diagnose just about any problem with a car. He could make a fantastic bowl of homemade ice cream. He was rarely the first to speak, but when he spoke, there was great wisdom in his words and his children and grandchildren all learned from him. He loved spending time with family and when they headed home, he always looked forward to seeing them again.
On Saturday morning, October 6, 2012, Orville went to his Heavenly home while being cared for at the Pella Regional Health Center in Pella at the age of 91 years.
He is survived by his wife, Esther, and their three children and their spouses: Larry O. and wife, Ling, of Holland, Michigan; William H. and wife, Marilyn, of Salem, Oregon; Linda B. and husband, Dr. Mark Recker of Pella, Iowa. They very much enjoyed playing active roles in the lives of their grandchildren as they grew and matured: Rev. Carmen Bensink-Lewis and husband, Rev. Scott Bensink-Lewis, Rebecca Butler and husband, Mark, Dr. Eric Recker and wife, Amy, Dr. Bryan Recker and wife, Betsy, and Hillary Recker and fiance, Joel Storm. Later in life they were thrilled to be great grandparents and deeply loved their great grandchildren: Brooklyn and Isaac Butler, Blake and Jace Recker, Kate and Jill Recker.
Orville leaves the following brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Howard and Nancy Brummel of Monroe, Iowa, James and Marilyn Brummel of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Mildred and Ray DeZwarte of Eddyville, Iowa, Edith (Virgil) Brummel of Knoxville, Iowa and Herman (Virginia) Simons of Oskaloosa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth Bensink; his parents-in-law, Henry and Bertha (Roorda) Brummel; and the following sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Edna and Lester Klein, Bernice and Ed Goemaat, Clara and Henry Lanser, Ada and Carl Olson, Anna and Ben Groenendyk.
Orville was a faithful and active Deacon and Elder at the First Reformed Church in Pella for many years. He loved the Lord and his faith was so dear to him and it was evident to those who were blessed to know him.
To all of you who loved our Dad and Grandpa and prayed for our parents and grandparents, we express our love and appreciation. We love you Dad, Grandpa, Big Papa and we will see you again!
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at the First Reformed Church in Pella. Arrangements were handled by Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home.