William George (Bill) Gosselink, 96, of Pella, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in the Long Term Care Unit at the Pella Regional Health Center in Pella.
Bill, the youngest of ten children, was born on February 22, 1917, to John and Helena (Vander Beek) Gosselink. Bill’s Grandfather Gosselink came to America from the Netherlands and was among the original settlers of Pella in 1847. Bill’s mother also later emigrated from the Netherlands, and the Dutch language was always spoken at home when Bill was growing up. He never learned English until starting school.
Bill’s boyhood days were spent on the family farm near Pella. He was the first member of his family to attend college, Central College, and proudly served his country with the United States Army during World War II, most of the time in the Philippine Islands. Upon his return to the United States, Bill resumed his career at the Rolscreen Company in Pella where he was manager of the Folding Door Department.
On September 14, 1939, Bill was united in marriage with Ardella Freda Grandia at the country home of her parents, William F. and Dena Eva (Vander Linden) Grandia. To this union four children were born: Jerry Dean, Gloria Ruth, Gregory William and Mark Wayne.
Bill and Ardella always enjoyed traveling with family and friends; fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota; Major League Baseball games in Minneapolis and Chicago; and sightseeing trips around the country. Bill retired in 1982 from Pella Corporation after 40 years of service, and following his retirement they were able to visit Israel and the Holy Land, as well as parts of Europe, and ultimately visited all 50 states. They continued living in their home, 1409 West First Street, until 1991 when they moved into the Pella Manor and enjoyed spending the winters in Arizona.
Bill enjoyed golfing, walking, and was an excellent woodworker in his free time. He made numerous birdhouses, dollhouses, and hundreds of toy cars that were given to under-privileged children in Honduras.
He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him and will fondly be remembered by his four children, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. They are:
Jerry & Lucy Gosselink of Tucson, Arizona
Nisa & Mark Ulep of Washington, D.C.
Chad Gosselink of Washington, D.C.
Valerie Cruz of New York, N.Y.
Nicole & David Kaiser of San Antonio, TX
Gloria & K.C. Valster of Pella, IA
Mike & Carrie Valster of Pella, IA
Tim Valster of Pella, IA
Greg & Dena Gosselink of Urbandale, IA
Emily & Greg Ford of Rossville, GA
Sarah & David Hille of Norman, Oklahoma
Katie Gosselink & Shawn Johnson (fiancée),Des Moines, IA
Rachel & Robbie Robison of Johnston, IA
Mark Gosselink of Pella, IA
Of his original family Bill leaves a sister-in-law, Beulah (Grandia) Roorda of Pella, a brother-in-law, Ronald Grandia and his wife, Dorothy, of Newton, Iowa; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Ardella, on August 3, 2003, and had faithfully attended to her limited visual needs following the loss of most of her vision in September, 1972. He was also preceded in death by his parents, John and Helena Gosselink, and his parents-in-law, Wm. F. and Dena Grandia; his three sisters: Lillian (John) Hiemstra, Dorothy (Fred) Veenstra, and Jennie (Albert) De Bruin; six brothers: Gerrit and Fred, who died in 1918, John H. ( Kathryn) Gosselink, Dick W. ( Theresa) Gosselink, Leonard J. (Mary and Jeanette) Gosselink and Henry G. (Anna Mae) Gosselink; and a brother-in-law, Vernon W. Roorda. Bill was a member of the Van Veen- Van Hemert American Legion Post No. 89 of Pella. He was a charter member of the Trinity Reformed Church in Pella, where he had served many years as an Elder and a Deacon. His unwavering faith in God was the foundation of his life.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Trinity Reformed Church in Pella. Arrangements were handled by Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home.