Gerald Mentink - December 08, 2009Gerald M. Mentink, 89, of Stromsburg, died Dec. 8, 2009 at York General Hospital in York.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Osceola with Pastor Clifford Hoper officiating. Burial was in the Stromsburg Cemetery.
Gerald Mentink was born Sept. 22, 1920 at the family farm home northeast of Stromsburg, to Garrett and Flora (Althouse) Mentink. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Osceola. He attended country elementary school, and then attended Osceola High School. Due to hard times he worked for two years in Wyoming. He returned to Osceola High School and graduated in 1940. He enjoyed playing football and basketball while in high school.
On Oct. 11, 1941, he married Alyce Marie Powell in Osceola.
He farmed and raised cattle, hogs and registered Shetland ponies. He was a livestock order buyer for many years. He remained active in the family’s farms until his death.
Most important in his life was his relationship with his family and friends. He and his wife enjoyed many trips to Wyoming to fish and camp with his brother, Earl, and wife. He liked cooking and everyone was always welcome to stop and enjoy a meal.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Alyce Marie of Stromsburg; three sons Gary (Donna) of Osceola, Larry (Barb) of Stromsburg, Terry (Patti) of Osceola; two daughters Linda (Gaylord) Dose of Polk, and Becky (Jerry) Klein of Stromsburg; 14 grandchildren, Greg, Brian, Brad (Ann) Dose; Jay, Andy (Yvette), Kyle Mentink, Jenny Forbes; Cory (Angie), Casey Mentink; Nicole (Mike) Mooney, Matt (Kristi) Mentink; Brent Klein, Stacy (Greg) Portwine, Rachel (Noland) Urban; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor (Lee) Denoma of Tahlequah, Okla.; sister-in-law, Maribeth (Ray) Sall of Chapel, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Garrett and Flora Mentink; one son, Jerry Lee; four brothers, Leonard, Earl, Ralph and Kenneth Mentink; five sisters, Florence Watts, Alma Johnson, Grace Campbell, Alta Johnson and Ruthie Ferguson.