Iowa Man Sentenced For Deer Poaching

appanoose county poached deerCENTERVILLE, Iowa – Jerry Kaster, 40, of Moravia, pleaded guilty for poaching a trophy deer with a .270 rifle while driving in his minivan on a rural road in the Lake Rathbun area in December 2010.  The buck deer scored more than 200 inches. Kaster was assessed $20,000 in liquidated damages.

Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR.

Albert Kooiker

Albert Kooiker, 86, of Hull, IA died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

A visitation will be held at Hope Christian Reformed Church of Hull on Friday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM.

A funeral service will be held at Saturday at 1:30PM at Hope Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Todd Zuidema officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service in Hope Cemetery of Hull.

The Kooiker family prefers memorials be directed to Hull Christian School or Sioux Center Home Health & Hospice.

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Robert E. Heidebrink

Robert E. Heidebrink age 78 of Little Rock, IA died Wednesday August 28, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, IA.

Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31st at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA, with Rev. Michael Weaver officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock.

Visitation will be Friday, August 30th from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Little Rock.

Robert Eugene Heidebrink was born on September 23, 1934, the son of Onno and Pauline (Stierler) Heidebrink in Little Rock, IA. He attended school in Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock High School in 1952. After graduation he did carpentry work. In 1956, Robert was united in marriage to Elaine J. Solma at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Following their marriage Robert worked as a milk hauler, drove gravel truck and then managed Joe’s Ready Mix for thirty years, retiring in 2003. He and his wife Elaine lived most of their married life near Little Rock. Robert was a member of the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, where he served as a Deacon and on the Consistory. He also served as a member of the Little Rock Fire Department and Town & Country Club. Robert was an avid sports fan and loved to watch the Iowa Hawkeye’s play. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and tinkering in his garage. He especially loved spending time with his family and following his grandchildren’s activities. He will be greatly missed.

Robert is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Elaine Heidebrink of Little Rock, IA; Three children, Robin (Karlene) Heidebrink of Piedmont, SD, Dawn (Roger) Meinerts of Rock Rapids, IA and Rick (Belinda) Heidebrink of Worthington, MN; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Glenda (Darold) Hollander of Branson, MO and Mavis Palmer of Spirit Lake, IA; one brother-inl-law, Dale (Joyce) Solma; and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Onno and Pauline Heidebrink; one brother, Arnold Heidebrink; parents-in-law, Hiko and Dora Solma; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Heidebrink and Valoris Willemssen; two brothers-in-law, Bill Palmer and Walter Willemssen; and nephew, Scot Willemssen..

Gerald “Jack” Van Es


Mr. Gerald “Jack” Van Es, age 89, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 31, at 11:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.

Art Zevenbergen

Art Zevenbergen, age 80, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, Iowa. Rev. Mike Weaver and Rev. David Vanderlaan officiating. Graveside Services will be Saturday, August 31 at 9:00 A.M. at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, August 30 from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Art Zevenbergen.


Vincent L. Huls

Huls, VinceVincent L. Huls, age 81, of Sheldon and formerly of Boyden, Iowa passed away on Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

His services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa with the Fr. Allan Riecks and Father Robert Krantz ~ officiating. A Private Graveside Service will be held in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 29, 2013 after 4:00 P.M. with the Family present after 5:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa.  A Christian Wake Service will be at 7:30 P.M. with a Knights of Columbus Rosary to follow.

The Family request that In Lieu of flowers memorials be left to:  St. Patrick Catholic School in Sheldon or a charity of your choice.

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