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Edwin Benjamin Roetman
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1918
Lancaster County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 2009
Sioux Center
Sioux County
Iowa, USA

Edwin B. Roetman, 90, of Sioux Center passed away July 7, 2009. After suffering for years with Alzheimer's, and more recently a stroke and a hip fracture, the family rejoices with the release from his earthly body and the freedom he has living in his heavenly home. Hallelujah, what joy!

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Central Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Revs. R. Van Rathbun and Ron Roetman officiating. Interment will be prior to the memorial service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center. A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.

Edwin Benjamin Roetman was born Aug. 6, 1918, in Holland, Neb., to the Rev. Zwier and Jeanette (Van Kley) Roetman. He spent his school years in Newkirk, Iowa, and graduated from the Newkirk Consolidated School. He went on to graduate from Northwestern Junior College in Orange City, Iowa, and Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

He married Anna Beyer on April 4, 1941. He spent time in the service during World War II and received a medical discharge because of an injury. He spent some time farming, on the Beyer family farm, but then pursued business careers. He was part owner of Tri-State Livestock Company for 13 years, serving as the bookkeeping side of the partnership. In 1973, Ed became part of the newly forming American State Bank with Dale Den Herder in Sioux Center and continued there until his retirement in 1984.

Ed was an active member of Newkirk Reformed Church, the church that his father, the Rev. Zwier Roetman pastored and his father-in-law Garret Beyer built. After moving to Sioux Center, he became a longtime member at Central Reformed Church, and served as deacon, elder, vice president, teacher, and committee leader in both churches. He was also active in many community boards and committees, and held various positions of leadership.

Ed was a fair, gentle, and caring man, which was experienced not only by his family and friends, but also by those who came in contact with him in business. He raised his family with a strong belief in God, a strong work ethic, a life of integrity and a belief in treating everyone with respect and kindness.

He enjoyed spending time with friends, helping his children with various projects, and in traveling, taking many adventuresome trips, leaving great memories and stories for the family to reminisce. In retirement, Ed became involved in many craft projects (woodworking, lathe work, stained glass) and often taught these classes during his winter months in Arizona. His belief in always doing his best gave many people some beautiful pieces of his wood and glass work.

Preceding Ed in death were his parents; his three brothers: Alvin and Marie, Melvin and Ruth and Austin; a half-brother, Gerald and Norma Mokma, and two half-sisters: Marguerite and Bert Rymes, and Cornelia Mokma.

In lieu of flowers the Roetman family prefers memorials be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.

-Obituary from Sioux Center Journal
Family links: 
  Zwier Roetman (1878 - 1966)
  Jeanette Van Kley Roetman (1873 - 1947)
  Cornelia R Mokma (1902 - 1980)**
  Alvin Gerrit Roetman (1910 - 2000)*
  Melvin C. Roetman (1912 - 1994)*
  Edwin Benjamin Roetman (1918 - 2009)
*Calculated relationship
Memory Gardens Sioux Center Cemetery
Sioux Center
Sioux County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Nancy Kiel-Gravning
Record added: Sep 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41462737
Edwin Benjamin Roetman
Added by: Nancy Kiel-Gravning
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- Nancy
 Added: Sep. 1, 2009

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