(Bill) Christian , 88
William (Bill) Christian Stuivenga, 88, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at home with his family by his side. He was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Grangeville, Idaho, to Mike and Cora Stuivenga. He was the third of five children. Bill received his education in the Fairview one-room country schoolhouse, which he attended through the eighth grade. He then worked on the family farm. Bill was a veteran of the Army working in Korea.
He married Geneva Bos on April 20, 1948, in Manhattan, Mont., and together, they raised 10 children on the family farm east of Grangeville. Bill’s life revolved around his family and the farm. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle. He consistently worked long hours each day, but was adamant about only working six days a week. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, as well as arguing with a few of them along the way. He could always be found with a smile on his face and a good story to tell. He retired from farming in 1990, but was still a very active observer, and was more than willing to provide his opinion on what should be done on the farm and when. In addition to watching his family grow, Bill really enjoyed reading and watching westerns. He was a life member of the Grangeville Christian Reformed Church where he served as a deacon.
Bill is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Geneva, of Grangeville; and nine children, Gary (Linda) of Pomona, Calif., Joyce (Rod) Vessey of Grangeville, Ed (Debi) Stuivenga of Grangeville, Willard (Penny) Stuivenga of Grangeville, Gladys (Ray) Crabtree of Kuna, Idaho, Steve (Maple) Stuivenga of Kamiah, Idaho, Barbara (Mark) Forsmann of Grangeville, Linda (John) Crouch of Lewisville, Texas, Tim Stuivenga of Spanaway, Wash.; 22 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Alice Hall of Lewiston, Idaho, and Susie DeHaas of Grangeville. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol; his parents; brother, Harry; and sister, Charlotte Blanksma.
The viewing will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery.
Rest in peace Dad.… you did it your way, you stayed out of the nursing home! We love you and will miss you.
The family suggests memorials be made in William’s name to a charity of your choice. Blackmer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
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