Garrit Walter Tilstra

April 30, 1929 - October 29, 2020

Visitation: One hour prior to the service

Service: Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD

Service: Livestream link

     Garrit Walter Tilstra went to his heavenly home on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the age of 91. Funeral services for Garrit will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethany Reformed Church, Canton, South Dakota.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

     Garrit Walter Tilstra was born on April 30, 1929 to Walter and Alice (Ter Wee) Tilstra in Inwood, Iowa.  He attended country school through the eighth grade and then worked on the family farm.  Garrit married Henrietta Vander Syde on January 4, 1952 in Inwood, Iowa.  The couple continued to farm in the area and were blessed with two daughters, Cheryl and Lorraine.  They moved to their current farm near Canton, South Dakota.  He enjoyed farming the crops, raising livestock, and attending the activities of his children and grandchildren.  Every year he looked forward to celebrating his birthday with his wife Henrietta, who was born on the same day of the year.  Garrit was honored to have his great-grandson named after him, Lincoln Garrit Martin. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

     Garrit was an active member of Bethany Reformed Church where he served through the years as decan and elder.

     Garrit will be greatly missed by those left to cherish his memories.  Survivors include his wife of sixty-eight years, Henrietta.  Two daughters Cheryl (Ronald) Martin of Waverly, Iowa and Lorraine (David) Ackerman of Canton, South Dakota.  Four grandsons Brian, Bradley, and Brandon Martin and Jeremy Ackerman.  Four great-grandchildren Kelvin and Alanna Paul, Breanna Martin, and Lincoln Martin.  Brother Kenneth (Mary) Tilstra of Sheridan, Montana and sister Marcine (Lloyd) Kempema of Greeley, Colorado.  Brother-in-law Clarence Pennings of Orange City, Iowa and four sisters-in-law Carolyn Tilstra of Surprise, Arizona; Nellie Tilstra of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Marilyn Tilstra of Denver, Colorado; and Donna Tilstra of Inwood, Iowa. Numerous nephews, nieces, extended family members, and friends.  Garrit was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Alice Tilstra, six brothers John, Rodney, Elmer, twins Marvin and Marinus, and Merle Tilstra, and sister Henrietta Pennings.


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  1. Pam Gillespie on November 3, 2020 said:

    Lorraine, so sorry, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. take care of yourself. let us know if we can do anything. Pam

  2. Richard & Carol Miedema on November 5, 2020 said:

    So sorry for your loss.

  3. Sally Tilstra on November 11, 2020 said:

    Ron and I are so sorry to hear of Garrit’s passing. He was a good guy and we enjoyed seeing him at the Tilstra reunions. Our thoughts are with you.