Jerry Van De Stroet

May 21, 1961 - July 20, 2012

Visitation: Monday, July 23, 2012 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Canton resuming at 5:30 p.m. at Bethany Reformed Church Prayer service and family sharing time- 8:00 p.m.

Service: 2:00 p.m Tuesday July 24, 2012 Bethany Reformed Church, Canton, SD

Fairview.  Jerry Dean Van De Stroet, 51, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012 surrounded by his family at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Monday from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton and will resume at 5:30 p.m. at Bethany Reformed Church.  A prayer service and family sharing time will begin at 8:00 p.m.

 Jerry was born May 21, 1961in Canton, SD to Case and Alice (Van De Kieft) Van De Stroet.  He attended Fairview Country School and graduated from Canton High School in 1979.  He worked at the Fairview Elevator, Canton Sale Barn, and Excel Machine before returning to the family farm.

Jerry was united in marriage to Sharon Van Veldhuizen September 14, 1985 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton.  They farmed and raised two children on their farm south Fairview.

Jerry was an active member of Bethany Reformed Church, where he taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible school and enjoyed mentoring the youth.  He was a dedicated husband and father.  He and his family looked forward to their family game night every Saturday.  He liked helping his friends and neighbors, especially in the busy seasons of the spring and fall. He loved his black cows and kept busy fixing corn and bean heads in his spare time.  He was actively involved in The Three Rivers Wildlife and Gun Club where he taught gun safety and trap shooting to the youth.  He also taught many teens how to drive a stick shift.  His favorite outdoor activities included: hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, riding snowmobiles, dirt bikes,  ATVs, and participating and attending demolition derbies, tractor pulls, and enduro races.  He loved to pull pranks on his family and friends.

Those grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Sharon; his son,  Cody and his fiancé, Britney Bott and daughter, Shana; his father, Case Van De Stroet, Canton; sister, Cindy (Paul) Garbers, Canton and their children, Becky (Austin) Parks and Cory Garbers (Bre Meins); and many other family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother Alice, brother Gene, and good friends, Vince Beck and Tom Petry.

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  1. Jim, Laurie, Natalie and Austin Gates on July 20, 2012 said:

    We love you with all our hearts!

  2. Tom and Darese Nichols on July 21, 2012 said:

    Jerry will be greatly missed, he was a good man with a heart of gold and always a good friend. He always said something to make us smile. We feel very badly about not being able to attend his services, but our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon, and family.

  3. Phil Ranschau on July 21, 2012 said:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a great friend and hunting buddy. We will keep Case, Cindy, Sharon and the kids in our prayers. Please let me know if you need anything.


  4. James Getting on July 22, 2012 said:

    Uncle Case and cousin Cindy, my thoughts go to those days of youth when we played upstairs in the farm house, the barns and pasture, and many games of kick the can. Also the many Sunday afternoons at Grandma Stroet’s farm. Great memories. My heart and prayers are with both of you in this time of sorrow, but also time of joy to know Jerry is with the Lord. May God bless and comfort you both. > James Getting

  5. Val Harris on July 23, 2012 said:

    With heartfelt sympathy, may you feel the love embrace you during this difficult time from family and friends.

  6. Jason & Jaci VanDenTop on July 23, 2012 said:

    Sharon, Cody & Shana………………. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts & prayers. Jerry was an incredible man with a big heart. God Bless all of you.

  7. Tina VanBeek and family on July 23, 2012 said:

    Sharon, Cody and fiance and Shana,
    Words cannot express the hurt you may have but please remember that he is no longer suffering. May the memories you all have of your dad or husband be forever with you in your hearts. Please let us know if you ever need any help Jaron is around at all times he can surely help you out.
    With all of our deepest sympathies,Kevin, Tina,Cameron and Ashley, Jaron and Kadee, Addisyn and Treyson VanBeek

  8. Lynda Johnson on July 23, 2012 said:

    Thoughts and prayers to the whole family. My heart just aches for all of you. Jerry was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. I always enjoyed seeing him and having him give me some b.s…big hugs for all of you

  9. Todd and Tanna Gries on July 23, 2012 said:

    Sharon, Cody and Shana:
    Another good man taken way too young. Jerry was so nice and a joy to visit with, he will be missed at the track. We are thinking of you and have all of you in our prayers, if there is anything we can do motocross-wise or other, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Todd and Tanna Gries

  10. Joleen Bos on July 24, 2012 said:

    Sharon, Duane and I send our sympathy. Praying for you to feel God’s loving arms wrapping you in warmth and comfort.

  11. James and Jan McClung on July 24, 2012 said:

    Sorry for your loss.

  12. Sarah Bruce and family. on July 24, 2012 said:

    Sarah Bruce thanked Jesus for Jerry just the other day. She thanked the Lord that Jerry is in the Holy Land and that he feels better now. Sarah looks up and waves to Jerry from time to time and this is because she knows that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord — in heaven! We miss Jerry a whole lot already. His many visits with us, as neighbors, were always timely and served great purpose toward blessing us.

    A fun memory about Jerry happened last summer when he hoarded cookies that we baked for him (because we didn’t know he shouldn’t eat them), and this was while he was cutting and baling hay. That very same day he also had evidence of a Dairy Queen meal that his dad had brought him (so he said), and he had to fess up because he was answering to one of his higher health authorities (his daughter) about not sharing the cookies and having a Dairy Queen bag in his tractor! Jerry was very happy on this day and it was right around the 4ht of July.

    In Love, Sarah and the rest of the Bruces

  13. Cheryl Wiersma Mans on July 27, 2012 said:

    Sharon and family,
    I was very sorry to learn of your husband’s death. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Dr Janell Beck on August 28, 2012 said:

    Dear Case and Family:
    I was sorry to read of the passing of Jerry. What a heart breaking loss. You have my sympathy in the loss of a special and significant loved one. My prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

    Dr. Janell Beck