Obituaries

Willem Hendrik Johannes “Bill” Droppert

Sep 24, 2018
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Services:

10:00 AM, Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Community Church of Hudson, 226 Eldora Rd., Hudson

Visitation:

4:00 to 7:00 PM, Friday, September 28, 2018 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo

Cemetery:

Hudson Cemetery
Hudson, Iowa

Memorials:

Memorials may be directed to the family (Memorials will be established at a later time).

Biography

Willem Hendrik Johannes “Bill” Droppert of Hudson, 97, died Monday, September 24, 2018 at Sunrise Care Center in Traer, Iowa. 

Willem Hendrik Johannes “Bill” Droppert was born on September 22, 1921, in Pijnacker, the Netherlands to Gerardus and Geertruida Neeltje (Van Schaick) Droppert.  He attended grade school through the eighth grade. He started working full time with his father and brothers in the greenhouses.  

On January 26, 1951 he married Cornelia “Corrie” Francosia Smits in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands.  In April of 1951 they immigrated to the United States starting out in Harrison, South Dakota.  They farmed in New Hartford, Reinbeck and in 1957 they moved to their current farm by Hudson.  Bill was a member and served on the consistory at Lincoln Center Christian Reformed Church.  He enjoyed farming, going to the sales barn, and gardening.  Many people benefited from his green thumb and the bounty that it produced.  Bill enjoyed family times and playing Skipbo games with the grandkids. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Corrie; daughters, Trudy and Larry Eggink of Pella and Carol and Glenn Johnson of Parkersburg; sons, Gerald and Elaine Droppert of Lynnville and Ron and Vicky Droppert of Hudson; 10 grandchildren: Linda (Randy) Berends, Justin (Heather) Droppert, Rachel (Anthony) Drost, Jennifer (Steve) Long, Carrie (Ryan) Mortvedt, Caleb (Jen) Eggink, Jessica Droppert, Drew Johnson, Ross (Eve) Droppert, and Katie Droppert; 17 great grandchildren: Abby, Cora, Sophie, and Violet Berends; Nash, Toby, and Faith Droppert; Aidan, and Mason Drost; Liam, Cara, and Alex Long; Dayton and Brock Mortvedt; Preston and Owen Eggink; and Adalyn Williams.  He is also survived by his siblings, Trudy, Henk (Tiny), George (Tiny) Droppert, all of the Netherlands, and Dick (Corrie) Droppert of Australia; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Jopie Droppert, Co Droppert, and Jannie Smits, all of the Netherlands, and Tina Bons and Bill (Ita) Smits of Austrilia. 

He is preceded in death by his parents;  brothers, Herman Droppert, Gerard Droppert, and Henk Droppert (who died as a child); sisters and brothers-in-law, Pie and Jan Van Der Vlies and Piet Smits, of the Netherlands, and Joan and Louis Noordenne and Theo Bons, all of Australia. 

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  1. Lynda J Figi & Eva Jones | Sep 28, 2018
    Sending our deepest sympathy.  My God comfort you at your loss.
  2. Chris Griffitn | Sep 26, 2018
    Our deepest sympathies Corrie and the whole family! Please don’t hesitate to ask us for anything! Love the Griffith’s Larry Christine  Quinton Ethan
  3. Randy and Teresa (Hilton) Tesdahl | Sep 25, 2018

    Ron and Vicky - I am so sorry for your family's loss. Love to all of you

  4. Jeanne (Brasch) Speas | Sep 25, 2018

    Corrie and family,

    So bery sorry for your loss but, oh, what a full life Bill lived!  He was such a hard worker and devoted family 

    man.  May your memories bring you comfort.

     


  5. Laura Hippen | Sep 25, 2018
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this time and always.  Love from the Hippen Family.
  6. Laura Hippen | Sep 25, 2018
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time and always.  Love from the Hippen Family.
  7. Marty and Debbie Weeks | Sep 25, 2018

    Corrie and family,

     

    We are so sorry for your loss. Cherish the great memories forever. May God wrap his loving, comforting arm around you all.

  8. Marty and Debbie Weeks | Sep 25, 2018

    Corrie and family,

    I'm sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are being delivered. May God wrap his comforting arms around you.

     

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