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Bernard Krommendyk

Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Bernard "Bernie K" Krommendyk, 88, was received by the Lord on Easter morning, April 12, 2009 with his wife of 65 years, his children and his grandchildren at his bedside as he made the journey.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan D. Sayler will officiate. Burial and military rites will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Ireton. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the Church on Thursday. Visitation will from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. today at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. On line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.

Bernie was born Oct. 31, 1920 at Hull, to Henry and Della (Bouma) Krommendyk. He graduated from Ireton High School in 1939.

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Bernie served in the 101st Airborne from 1942 until 1945. He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, was captured a few days later and spent 11 months as a Prisoner of War and was later awarded the Purple Heart. In this time, he was reported dead by the military and a copy of his 1944 obituary is attached below. (Editor's note: The 1944 obituary spelled Krommendyk "Kromendyk").

He was married to Ann Margaret Leusink on August 17, 1943 at Grand Rapids, Michigan. The couple lived in LeMars for over 40 years, following retirement moved to Lost Island Lake near Ruthven. The last four years he resided in Cherokee. He was a restaurant equipment salesman for McCormack Distributing in LeMars, for over 40 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church and a member of Wasmer American Legion Post at LeMars. He had been active in the work of POWs on a local, state and national level. He enjoyed taking his family fishing and the last few years of his life were spent writing his memoirs and watching his grandchildren's activities. Bernie loved the Chicago Cubs, time spent playing cards with his children and being in parades representing the POWs of Northwest Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Delmar Krommendyk, two brothers-in-law Pete Dykstra and Gary Leusink; two sisters-in-law Alice Leusink and Frances Leusink.

He is survived by his wife Ann and five children: James Krommendyk of Great Falls, Mont.; Mary House and her fiancÚ Gerald Boatman of Cherokee; Dale (Robin) Krommendyk of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jayne (Randy) Martin of Rockwell City; Leanne (Troy) Valentine of Cherokee; eight grandchildren: Matthew House; Karah and Olivia Thompson, Spencer Krommendyk; Justin and Ryan Martin; Alanna and Trey Valentine; his brothers and sisters: Margaret (Simon) Disselkoen of Zealand, Mich.; Leonard (Lorraine) Krommendyk of Orange City; Henrietta (John) Blacquire of Holland, Mich.; Joanne (Dick) Hoogland of Sioux Center; Preston (Carol) Krommendyk of Fremont, Mich.; a sister-in-law Sylvia Krommendyk of Worthington, Minn. and many nieces and nephews.

Obit from 1944

Kromendyk reported dead

Pvt. Bernard Kromendyk of Ireton who has been reported missing in action over German territory since D-Day has now been reported killed. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kromendyk have received word Sunday from the American Legion.

Bernard entered the service in Dec. 1942. He went overseas in Sept. 1943. On July 25 he was reported missing in action and later reported a German prisoner. The exact cause of his death is unknown.

Bernard married the form Margaret Leusink August 17, 1943. Beside his wife he leaves to mourn his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kromendyk, three sisters, Margaret, Henrietta, and Joan and three brothers, Pvt. Leonard, Preston and Delmar.

Prior to his entrance into the service he was employed in a defense plant at Grand Rapids, Mich.