Steven “Steve” Wildeboer, 73, of Zearing, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, September 24, 2021. Visitation was on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the Dakins Community Center in Zearing from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. His funeral was held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Dakins Community Center with Pastor Tom Poppe officiating. Burial followed in the Lincoln Township Cemetery in Zearing.
Steve was born on March 23, 1948 to Herman and Maxine (Chance) Wildeboer in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up in Zearing and graduated from NESCO High School with the class of 1966. After high school he attended the United Electronics Institute where he earned his 2-year degree. Steve married the love of his life, El Jean Twedt on November 22, 1969 at Bethany Lutheran Church in McCallsburg, Iowa. The couple lived on the Wildeboer farm at the south end of Zearing until the moved to their current home in March of 1970. Steve was a farmer and loved working the land. Steve was very active in Zearing and the NESCO and Colo-NESCO Community Schools. He coached is kids in basketball and never missed a game in their school and college careers. Steve played a very active roll in building the Veteran’s Memorial Ballfields in Zearing. He was on the Zearing Park and Rec Board, the Minerva Valley Telephone Board, the NESCO Health Board, and was a daily smile and storyteller at the Zearing Coffee Club. Steve enjoyed spending time with his family, farming, playing cards, fishing, watching the Hawkeyes, watching sports, and spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and of course his faithful dogs.
Those left to cherish his loving memory are his wife El Jean Wildeboer of Zearing, IA; children Brian (Janet) Wildeboer of Ames, IA, and Kristine (Cory) Purvis of Zearing, IA; grandchildren Jonathan (Justine) Wildeboer, Sam Wildeboer, Rylee Purvis, and Hunter Purvis; great-grandchildren Lucy, Beckett, and Clark Wildeboer; close cousins Debbie (Don) Kockler of Nevada, IA and Leanne (Ron) Farrington of Nevada, IA. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents Virgil and Goldie Chance.
Fredregill Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Steve and his family.