Donald Huisman, 90

Donald Huisman, 90, of Wellsburg, IA, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Grand JiVante Nursing Home in Ackley, IA. Visitation will be at the Wellsburg Reformed Church, in Wellsburg, on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An additional visitation will be held at the Wellsburg Reformed Church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Following Wednesday’s visitation, committal graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., with funeral service at 11:00 a.m., both at the Wellsburg Reformed Church. The Conrad Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Don was born March 5, 1926, to Jerry and Swanetta “Nettie” (Ross) Huisman in German Township, north of Wellsburg. He went to school at Colfax #6. Don married Grace Schipper on July 27th, 1948, at her family farm near Aplington. They were blessed with 3 children who brought much love to their Christian home.

At age 16, Don worked as a hired farm hand for Ernie Henze and Henry Meester. After marriage, he first farmed at two different locations in Butler County and later one in Grundy County. Don enjoyed fishing with his dad and passed that love on to his children and grandchildren.  Family vacations and outings often included fishing. He also enjoyed attending many of his children’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s activities. Don was a member of the Wellsburg Reformed Church serving as a deacon and participating in Men’s Brotherhood.

Don will be missed by his three children, Dean (Nancy) Huisman of Wellsburg, Donna (Jim) Kadner of Conrad, and Darren (Ardene) Huisman of Orange City; nine grandchildren, Justin (Kara) Huisman, Nathan Huisman, Quentin (Ashley) Huisman, Shannan (Ryan) Callaway, Lisa (Travis) Hans, Aaron (Ashley) Huisman, Brandon (Erica) Huisman, Jordan (Meagan) Huisman, Kalynn (Jon) Hale, and 12 great-grandchildren with another arriving in February, sister, Imogene Kolthoff, sisters in law, Hattie Behrends, Mrs. Albertha Schipper, Mrs. Esther Schipper, brothers-in-law, Paul (Irma) Schipper, and Lee (Dorothy) Schipper.

In death he rejoins his wife, Grace, his parents, parents-in-law, two brothers, ten brothers-in-law and nine sisters-in-law.