Kuyper, 88, of Corsica, SD went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in
heaven on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Douglas County Memorial Hospital in
Armour, SD. Funeral Services are 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 19, 2020 at The
Lighthouse Fellowship in Corsica. A Committal Service will be at 1:00 P.M.
Saturday at Harrison Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 6:00
– 8:00 P.M. Friday, September 18, 2020, with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service.
Ivan Kuyper was born on a farm northwest of Stickney, SD on March 7, 1932 to
Adrianus and Johanna (Vanden Bos) Kuyper. As a small child his family settled on
a farm in Truro Township where he lived until they retired in 2005. Ivan
attended the Gardner and Ketel Rural Schools and graduated from Stickney High
School in 1951. From 1952-1954 Ivan served his country in the US Army. In June
of 1956 Ivan married Jean Hansum in the Platte Christian Reformed Church. They
lived on the farm by Stickney and God blessed them with two adopted children,
Randall and Renae.
In 1972 Ivan joined the Gideons International and in 1979 Ivan served his Lord
in a special way, by distributing scriptures in Chile, South America for two
weeks. This was a highlight for him. Later in life, Ivan drove truck for Midwest
Concrete in Corsica. In 2005 Ivan and Jean moved to Corsica. Ivan started
ministering in the county jail in Lake Andes; witnessing for the Lord gave him
Ivan leaves behind his wife, Jean Kuyper of Corsica, SD; his son, Randall and
Connie Kuyper of Stickney, SD; his daughter, Renae and Aaron Timmermans of
Harrison, SD; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; along with many
nieces and nephews.
Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, Adrianus and Johanna Kuyper ; his
siblings and their spouses: Lena and Case Vander Wal, John and Margaret Kuyper,
Evelyn and Marvin Scholten, Ernest and Harriet Kuyper and Margaret and Stanley
Hoekman; also a son-in-law, Thomas Vander Pol.
Memorials in Ivan’s honor may be given to: Tri-County Gideons, c/o Howard
Munneke, PO Box 173, Corsica, SD 57328.