Gene Ferwerda, SpringfieldGene Steven Ferwerda, 87, Springfield, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Heritage Assisted Living Facility, Hammonton, N.J.
Gene Steven Ferwerda, 87, Springfield, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Heritage Assisted Living Facility, Hammonton, N.J.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1926.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home, Springfield.
Gene was born in rural Springfield to Martin and Sarah (Oliver) Ferwerda.
Gene graduated from Springfield High School in 1943.
After graduation, he entered the military and served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1947.
After discharge from the Navy, Gene attended Southern State Teachers College and received his bachelor of science in education.
He later received his master’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming.
On Aug. 15, 1948, Gene married Dorothy Delores Balvin in Springfield.
Gene taught high school and coached for many years at Tripp, Highmore and Parkston.
He later moved to Spencer, Iowa, and made his profession in the crop insurance industry before retiring.
Gene later moved to New Jersey and entered Assisted Living in Hammonton, N.J., in May 2008. He resided there until his death.
Gene is survived by his daughters: Annette, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Amy, West Des Moines, Iowa; and Julie, Medford, N.J.; three brothers: Layton (Helen), Yankton; Alvin (Avis), Winner; and Laddie (Mary), Centerville; two sisters: Amy (Gale) Scholl, Scotland; and Carol (Jim) Lukkes of Yankton.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy; his parents, four brothers: Arnold, Dale, Noel and Merle; and two sistersin-law, Luetta Ferwerda and Henrietta Ferwerda.
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