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Geert "George/Gurt" Klompien
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1897
Loppersum Municipality
Groningen, Netherlands
Death: Jul. 23, 1980
Gallatin County
Montana, USA

Geert Klompien was born in the country village Loppersum in the mid-north of the Dutch northeastern province Groningen. His parents are peat skipper Krijn Klompien and Jaike Rijskamp.

He spent two years in the armed forces of the Netherlands during World War I.

On 1 May 1921 farmer Geert Klompien (24 y) arrived with his step brother Pieter (28 y) and brother Jacob (20 y), farmers too, on the SS Veendam at New York, Ellis Island. Their last residence in the Netherlands was their parental home at the village Ten Post, in the mid-north of the province Groningen and their destination is Manhattan, Gallatin County, in the southwestern part of Montana. Jacob has returned to the Netherlands, where he married in 1928 and died in 1988, but Pieter and Geert would stay in Montana.

On 3 August 1925 George Klompien married at Manhattan, Gallatin County, at the age of 28 years to the six years younger Jennie Vander Woude Klompien, who is also born in the mid-north of the Dutch province Groningen.

In 1930 George Klompien (33 y), resided with his wife Jennie (27 y) and their children Clarence (3 y) and Pearl (1 y) at Manhattan. Jennie's brother Kelly Vander Woude (25 y) lived with them at their home.
In 1940 farmer Gurt Klompien and his wife Jennie lived in Manhattan too, in a rented home and with their children Clarence (13 y), Pearl (11 y), John H (9 y), Joan G (6 y), Alvin G (4 y) and Donald J (1 y).

He farmed in the Manhattan area until his retirement in 1968.

George Klompien died at the age of 83 years at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, in the seat of Gallatin.

Survivors include the wife of Manhattan; four sons, Clarence, Bozeman, John, Twin Falls, Idaho, Alvin, Manhattan; and Don of San Francisco, California; two daughters, Mrs. Bernard (Pearl) Cole and Mrs. Peter (Joan) VanDyk, both of Manhattan; three sisters, Mrs. Harm (Anna) Noot, Netherlands, Mrs. Catherine Woldhuis, South Holland, Illinois; and Mrs. Henry Greetje Weiringa, Netherlands; five brothers, John of South Holland, Illinois; Jacob, Koos, Henry, and Anko all of the Netherlands; 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by one brother.

Services will be 2 PM Saturday at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church. Burial will be at Churchill Cemetery.

Courtesy of Norma Ardesson, who provided also the photo of the gravestone. Feb. 2013 PH.
Family links: 
  Krijn Klompien (1866 - 1935)
  Jaike Rijskamp (1875 - 1971)
  Jantje van der Woude Klompien (1902 - 1985)
  Clarence Klompien (1926 - 1993)*
  John Henry Klompien (1930 - 1996)*
  Peter Klompien (1893 - 1975)**
  Geert Klompien (1897 - 1980)
  Grietje Klompien (1898 - 1981)*
  Jakob Klompien (1901 - 1988)*
  Catherine Klompien Woldhuis (1903 - 1992)*
  John Klompien (1906 - 2002)*
  Hendrik Klompien (1908 - 1984)*
  Koos Klompien (1910 - 1984)*
*Calculated relationship
Churchill Cemetery
Church Hill
Gallatin County
Montana, USA
Created by: Peter Hakze
Record added: Dec 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102832726
Geert George/Gurt Klompien
Added by: Peter Hakze
Geert George/Gurt Klompien
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Added by: Jane Barkell
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