Murray Siertsema, Blyth, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Victoria Hospital, London. He was in his 84th year.
Murray was born in Ten Boer, the Netherlands on Sept. 23, 1933. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 16 with his parents and seven siblings.
In September of 1956, he married Doreen Dykstra. Murray and Doreen settled on a dairy farm near Blyth, where they raised their family. They moved to town in 1989 where Murray worked for the Public Utilities Commission for several years. He was an active member of the community and the Blyth Christian Reformed Church.
Murray is survived by his loving wife, Doreen, having recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. He will be dearly missed by children Bert (Betty-Ann) Siertsema, Mike (Deb) Siertsema, Steve Siertsema, Anita (Mike) Langdon, and Yolanda Culbert. He was the loving opa of Albert (Theresa), Lee, Emiline, Luke, Mark, Meghan, Natalie, Shannon, Ainsleigh, Mitchell, Nicholas, Evan, Jade, Faith and Chase and great-grandchildren Micah, Ava, Ellia and Maysa.
Murray was the dear brother and brother-in-law of Teresa (Hielke) Roetscisoender, Hebo (Margaret) Siertsema, Greta (Don) Greidanus, John (Kathleen) Siertsema, Siebolt (Annie) Siertsema, Betty (Clarence) Baker, Tom (Mieneke) Siertsema, Helen Dykstra, Kees (Sandra) Dykstra, Francine Dykstra, Lois (Bill) Van Reenen, Alfred (Margaret) Dykstra, Margaret (Murray) Klaas, Bert (Nellie) Dykstra, and Tom (Diane) Dykstra. He was predeceased by brother-in-law Mike Dykstra and Leo Dykstra.
Family and friends were received at the Blyth Christian Reformed Church on Monday, Sept. 26. The funeral service took place on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Blyth Christian Reformed Church.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Huron Christian School Tuition Assistance Fund or the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation are appreciated.
Murray will be remembered for his pioneer spirit and love of nature (especially horses and birds), hockey, storytelling and farm life; but he will be remembered most of all for his love of people.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Falconer Funeral Homes.