Idaho County Free Press - April 28, 1976

Jake Gortsema, Retired Farmer, Passes at 92
Jake Gortsema, 92, died at the Idaho County Nursing Home April 21, 1976 where he had been a patient for seven weeks. 

Gortsema was born in Wirden, Holland, June 23, 1883 to Mr. and Mrs.. John Gortsema.  He came to the United States in 1910 locating in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He moved to Southern Idaho and homesteaded and in 1918 moved to Greencreek, Idaho.

Gortsema married Minnie DeJonge in Grand Rapids, Mich., Feb. 16, 1921.  They lived and farmed at Greencreek until 1925 when they moved to the Tolo lake area near Grangeville and farmed until he retired in 1947.

They moved to Grangeville in 1947 and he has lived here since.  His wife, Minnie, died in 1960.  He was a member of the Christian Reform Church of Grangeville.  

Survivors include three sons, all of Grangeville, John Marion, and Bill; two daughters, Mrs. Kobie Pils and Janette Sonnenburg, both of Grangeville; fifteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.  One son, Carl, preceded him in death in 1975.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 24, 1976 at the Hansen-Noland funeral Home in Grangeville.  Burial followed at the Prairie View Cemetery.  The Rev. Ron Kearns officiated.  Those who wish may make contributions to the charity of their choice.

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