Andrew Fikse, 89, Edgerton, died Thursday, Sept. 26, at his home.
A funeral service was Monday, Sept. 30, at the American Reformed Church in Woodstock. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Luverne.
Andrew Fikse was born June 18, 1924, to Hendrik and Wilhelmina (Mouw) Fikse on the family farm near Lester. When he was five, his family moved to a farm near Steen, where he attended country school.
On Dec. 4, 1945, he married Bertha Doeksen (Zwart) at her parents’ home in Steen. Following their marriage they lived on the Schoon farm east of Luverne until moving to the Fikse Farm north of Steen. Andy farmed and did custom farming for several years. He was also a delivery and repairman for Montgomery Ward in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Pipestone. In 1973 they moved to a farm west of Woodstock. After his retirement in 2010 he continued to help his son Darrell and grandson Jeff farm, as he was able.
He was a member of the American Reformed Church in Woodstock, where he was an elder and on the building committee. Before moving to Woodstock, he was a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne, where he taught Sunday School and was the Sunday School treasurer. He was a member and officer of the Men’s Brotherhood and a youth sponsor for both churches. He was an avid traveler, several times driving to California to visit relatives. He enjoyed gospel music concerts to Missouri, Iowa and South Dakota. He enjoyed caring for his lawn and later his vegetable and flower gardens. He enjoyed tinkering and was known as “Mr. Fix-It Man.”
Andy is survived by his wife, Bertha Fikse, Edgerton; three children, Virginia “Ginny” (Ray) Tilstra, Sioux Center, Iowa, Arla (Bob) Feikema, Luverne, Darrell (Jeanne) Fikse, Woodstock; eight grandchildren, Kathy (Todd) TeBrink, Shawn (Kelly) Tilstra, Chad (Heather) Feikema, Michele (Monte) Van Dyke, Sheri (Kurt) Van Otterloo, Jeff Fikse and Angie, Jason Fikse and Alexa, and Amanda Fikse and Steven; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Henrietta “Etta” DeJongh; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Michael Fikse; a brother, Dick (Alberta) Fikse; a sister, Dena (Albert) Umland; and a brother-in-law, Harvey DeJongh.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Pipestone, hartquistfuneral.com.