- January 1, 1947 - October 12, 2007
- Sheldon, Iowa
of Leroy's Passing
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Leroy Fonkert, age 60, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Friday, October 12, 2007, at Sanford Medical Center in Sheldon.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 15, 2007, at 11:00 A.M. at Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. Troy Van Beek officiating.
Burial at 10:15 A.M. Monday, in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, prior to the Funeral Service.
Visitation will be Sunday, from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. with the family present from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.
Memorials will be given to Village Northwest Unlimited.
Leroy Peter Fonkert was born on January 1, 1947, in Sheldon, Iowa. He was the son of Peter Jr. and Janette (Harms) Fonkert. He was born a very healthy baby. When he was 13 months old, he became very ill, which impaired his speech and hearing, leaving him partially paralyzed. He went to the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for one year, where he learned sign language and other skills. He returned to Sheldon to be with his family, who dearly loved and cared for him.
His parents, along with three other couples, started the Northwest Iowa Retarded Children's Association and sponsored the workshop across from the Sheldon City Park. The workshop grew and is now known as Northwest Enterprises, which is a subsidiary of Village Northwest Unlimited.
On October 14, 1998, Leroy moved to the Village to house # 333. The Village was a very important part of Leroy's life. His family extends a special thanks to the Village staff and all the staff at house # 333, for the care and love that was given to Leroy and to all the residents.
Leroy enjoyed being with his family and going on motorcycle rides with his brother, Rod. He also enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and riding horses.
Leroy passed away on Friday, October 12, 2007, at Sanford Medical Center in Sheldon.
Those left to cherish his memories are his mother: Janette (Harms) Fonkert of Sheldon, IA; three brothers: Peter H. Fonkert of Fruitport, MI, Rodney Peter and wife Bonnie Fonkert of Sheldon, IA, David Paul and wife Noreen Fonkert of Lawrence, KS; two sisters: Carol S. Hoppe of Doon, IA, Betty A. Ferrell of Orange City, IA; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews; relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father: Peter Fonkert Jr. (6/8/05); his brother-in-law: Eugene Hoppe (9/29/05).
In Loving Memory Of
Leroy Peter Fonkert
Born: January 1, 1947
Passed Away: October 12, 2007
Age: 60 years, 9 months and 12 days
Monday, October 15, 2007, at 11:00 A.M.
Bethel Reformed Church, Sheldon, Iowa
Family Prayer Service at 10:45 A.M.
Led by Ken Ver Steeg
Rev. Troy Van Beek
Organist: Ken Van Huizen
Special Music by Rebecca DeWild and Molly Chickering
Song: "Jesus Loves Me"
Processional: "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" # 162
During the service: "A Child Of The King" # 356
Recessional: "To God Be The Glory" # 79
Time of Remembrance by David Fonkert and Cathy Punt
Kevin Fonkert Tim Fonkert Doug Hoppe
Don Hoppe Jim Ferrell Randy Fonkert
Dave Fonkert Mike Fonkert
East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon, Iowa
Following the Memorial Service, the family invites all
for fellowship and lunch at the church.
Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service
Larry R. Andringa, Funeral Director