Edward “Bay” Rypkema, of Sandstone, died on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. He was 92 years old.
He was born on March 29, 1929 in Brook Park, to Dena and Reimer Rypkema. At a young age the death of his father and a few years later the death of his older brother shaped his future dedication and love for family and his Lord and Savior. He graduated from Hinckley High School. On May 22, 1950, he was united in marriage to Joanne Zwiers in Hinckley. God blessed their marriage with five children, Jerry, Bea, Bruce, Nancy and Sharon.
He worked at the Hinckley Feed Mill and later road construction running heavy equipment. In 1956 they moved to Mora where he owned and operated Rypkema Oil. He also did crop spraying, drove school bus and had a trucking company. After retirement they moved to Grindstone Lake.
He intentionally invested in the lives of his children and grandchildren. Even in his hobbies his love for them shone through. Fishing and hunting trips included the whole family. Trips across country with the converted school bus and later the motorhome leave us great memories.
He and his wife went fishing to Canada several times a year for over 50 years. Most trips included kids, grandkids and many other family and friends...always an adventure. The couple spent many winters in Florida. He was also a pilot. He could fix almost anything, and if he didn’t know what to do he would sleep on it and have a solution in the morning.
His love for his Lord was demonstrated in his many roles in the church, Oak Hills Christian College, Solid Rock Bible Camp and Grindstone Lake Bible Camp and many others. One of his last wishes was to be sure he would be meeting his family and friends again in Heaven.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mae Whyte; and brother, Raymond.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne, of 71 years; children, Jerry (Muff) Rypkema of Webster, Bea (John) Daggett of Sandstone, Bruce (Lois) Rypkema of Webster, Wisconsin, Nancy (Jerry) Weinzetl of Lino Lakes and Sharon (Greg) Olson of Sandstone; 14 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at the Hinckley Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Vic Elfstrum officiating. Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m. at the church. Music is being provided by Mike Hansen, Doug Ammerman and Janet Sikkink. Casket bearers are Andrew Rypkema, Todd Rypkema, Jeremy Rypkema, Josh Weinzetl, Matt Weinzetl and Luke Olson. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Hinckley.
Arrangements by Methven Funeral and Cremation Services.