Elmer C. Schilperoort, 89, of Sunnyside passed away on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.
Elmer was born Oct. 8, 1922, the seventh of 12 children born to Teunis J. and Anna (Den Boer) Schilperoort.
He grew up on the family farm on East Edison Road and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1940.
On Dec. 12, 1941 just five days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he married Lola I. Andrews, also of Sunnyside. They both worked in Seattle for a shorttime, and then returned to Sunnyside to live and raise their family, eventually settling on a farm just a quarter mile from his boyhood home.
Elmer was a life-time member of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church and served several terms on the council. Also, as a strong supporter of Sunnyside Christian School, he was a former member of the school board.
For fun and relaxation, he developed a passion for pitching horseshoes. He and Lola loved to travel to different competitions all over the country.
He loved to sing, especially in church. He could yodel with the best of them and played a mean harmonica.
After Lola died of cancer in December of 1985, he found solace and companionship in Oweda Worst of Yakima, who had also lost her husband that same year. They eventually married on Nov. 7, 1987.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Oweda; his five children, Paula (Rick Jasper) Schilperoort of St. Regis, Mont., Eric Schilperoort of Vancouver, B.C., Julia (Ed) Fields of Cashmere, Andy (Karen) Schilperoort of Sunnyside and Matt (Mart) Schilperoort of Yakima; three sisters, Lillian Jansen, Pauline Newhouse and Elsie Wassenaar; five sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two step-sons, Dennis (Kathy) Miller of Spokane and Les (Venetta) Miller of Ellensburg; seven stepgrandchildren, 18 stepgreat-grandchildren, and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lola; his young son, Terrance Jan; eight brothers, Gerrit, Cornie, Clarence, Lawrence, Stan, Frank and two brothers who died as young children.
Viewing will be held Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with graveside services to follow at 1 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. A memorial service will follow at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church at 2 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be designated for Sunnyside Christian School.
Those wishing to sign Elmer's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.