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Klaas Dick Groen

February 26, 1936 - September 16, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Klaas Dick Groen

Klaas Dick Groen

Born: February 26, 1936
Died: September 16, 2019
Age: 83

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     Klaas Dick Groen, the son of Benhard and Jennie (Nagel) Groen was born on February 26, 1936, near Rock Rapids, IA. He received his early education attending country school in Lyon County. After school, he worked for many area farmers.

     Klaas married Betty Klein on March 21, 1958, at Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids. Shortly after they moved to Spencer, where he started their own company in 1965 and built many homes in the Spencer and Iowa Lakes Area. He employed many young men over the years and enjoyed teaching them the construction trade. He enjoyed playing ball, whether he was pitching or coaching little league. As he slowed down in life, traveling became their pastime and they spent 20 years in Arizona, where golfing became his hobby. In recent years he lived at the Highlands, he enjoyed playing pool with his friends. He was a member of Hope Reformed Church. His church and faith were always important to him. He served on Consistory, building committees, taught Sunday school and volunteered on mission work projects. His mission work took him to Haiti, Nicaragua and other areas of the United States. His family was very important to him and loved attending sports and school activities for their children and grandchildren.

     Klaas passed away on September 16, 2019, at the St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home in Spencer after a 6 week stay. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Burdell Groen: one sister, Gertie Gransow and two brothers-in-law, Donald Rust and Harold Gransow. He is survived by sisters, Aleida Rust and Doris Boleman and brother, Eugene Groen and wife, Renae.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Betty of Spencer, IA; his four children: Randy Groen and his fiancé, Shuan and her children: Precious and Leah, Jeff Groen and his wife, LeeAnn, Tami Kuiper and her husband, Lyle and Brett Groen;  nine grandchildren: Brandon Groen, Brady Groen, Bryson Groen, Benjamin Groen, Amber Groen Kaneshige, Emery Groen, Trevor Kuiper, Justin Kuiper and Joseph Kuiper; his two step grandchildren: Patrick Fuchs and Timothy Fuchs and his wife, Melanie; his three step great grandchildren: Kiley, Mckenna and Addisyn Fuchs; his seven great grandchildren: Leilani Kaneshige, Koda Kaneshige, Asher Kuiper, Cohen Kuiper, Jack Kuiper, Jude Kuiper and Leon Groen; other relatives and friends.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Haiti Mission Project of Hope Reformed Church.
Hope Reformed Church
919 Grand Ave.
Spencer, IA 51301
Funeral Services will take place 1:30 P.M., Saturday, September 21 at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer.
Pastor Russell Muilenburg
Brady Groen
Bryson Groen
Emery Groen
Amber Kaneshige
Justin Kuiper
Trevor Kuiper

Benjamin Groen
Brandon Groen
Joseph Kuiper
Visitation will take place Friday, September 20, at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer, starting at 4:30 P.M., with family present from 4:30 - 6:30 P.M.
"One Day At A Time"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Because He Lives"
"He Touched Me"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:22 AM
“Mel spoke well about Klaas and his building skills. My father was a builder/carpenter also, and I always think how admirable it is to build a well constructed and safe house for people to raise their families. I am glad Klaas influence exists in other builders in Spencer who learned from him.”
- Jan Myers
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 2:46 PM
“Betty, so sorry to read of the passing of Klaas. he was a great guy and always fun to talk to. Memories of Hope Reformed church! Betty Roos”
- Betty Roos
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4:38 PM
“Betty and family... So shocked to read of Klaus passing. Always considered him a friend and always admired him...a good man . Resorted to online since I didn't know your address...hope you get this...Gary Schlotfeldt”
- Gary Schlotfeldt
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11:55 AM
“Betty & Tami--so sorry to hear of Klass's passing. He was a wonderful man and was such a good example for everyone. Our thoughts aew with you.”
- Duane & Joan Kallsen
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11:55 AM
“Betty and family,
I am sorry for your loss. Klaas had a big impact on my life. I enjoyed all the time he gave me as a boy and young man. He was one of the Christian male roll models that made all the difference in my life. I know I was one of many many people his life touched but I am very thankful that Brett and your family shared him with me over the years especially as a young teen when I needed it the most. His life was a great example to me. May the Holy Spirit comfort you all until you see him again. Prayers Rod Smock”
- Rod and Lisa Smock
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 4:30 PM
“Randy and Jeff, so very sorry for your loss.”
- Terry and Mike Durst
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:45 PM
“Betty and family. We are saddened by the loss of Klass and sadder for Spencer to know his construction talents are now gone. I worked with and around Klass dating back to early 60's. So fun to be around the job with as he was mentor to me. Softball, volleyball and finally golf were also fun times to name a few of good sporting activities he participated in. I truly will miss him.
- Bill and Carol Kettelkamp
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 2:53 PM
“Betty and Family,
My sincere sympathy to you. Klaas was a very kind, gentle man, who left a legacy behind, both with his building skills and his contributions to the City of Spencer and Hope Reformed Church. My mom and dad, Harold and Viola Roskens, just loved Klaas and he was always there for them with a helping hand.
Cherish the memories.
Sharon Roskens Holven”
- Sharon Roskens Holven
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:56 AM
“Betty and family. We are sorry you have had to say goodbye to Klass, there is never a good time. He certainly left his mark on the community/area thru his family and his extremely dependable and fine quality building skills. Be very proud and treasure the wonderful memories. ”
- Tom and Judy Hart
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 2:11 PM
“Dear Betty and family
I was so sad to hear of Klaas’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers ”
- Wylleen May
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 12:37 PM
“Our prayers of comfort to you all! Klaas was a very kind gentle soul and his strong faith in God always shined through him. I will miss his smile and his good morning and how are you doing Jensen’s on Sundays at church. He was one of the best bosses my dad ever had and he taught him a lot about construction. ”
- Mark and Kristal Jensen
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 12:35 PM
“I have a lot of fond memories and interactions with the entire Groen Family (minus the "baby! Ha! he was a bit after my time). It would be difficult to come across a nicer group of folks. Klaas will be missed by many I am certain, he and Betty have left quite the legacy in Spencer. R.I.P. Sir.

My heartfelt condolences to you all. Take Care. ”
- Tony Lowe
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 9:39 AM
“To the Family of Klaas~ Your husband and father was one of the kindest men I knew while living in Spencer. His smile was as genuine as his heart. He was my "go to" guy for learning the ways of the YMCA Nutty Bar stands and had the patience of a saint. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. May the memory of his soft giggle and warm smile, fill the void he has left. ”
- Sara Morrow
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Betty, so sorry to hear about Klaas. You’re in our thoughts. ”
- Ken & Nancy Schlichting
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“May God bless you all with comfort and give you His strength...... we have shared many great memories together and love you sweet cousin. Sympathy to all . Bless you Betty ! ”
- Roger and Arlene Pap
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Betty and family, May God give you comfort and strength. We share so many great memories with you and Klaas in Branson and on the golf course just to mention a few. Sorry we can’t be there with you at this time. Hoping you can feel our love and sympathy. Roger and Arlene ”
- Roger and Arlene Pap
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry to hear this. Renae and Gene our prayers are with you and the entire family as you walk this path. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand and cover you there with His love.”
- Tom and Crystal Straub
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Betty and family,
May God bless and keep you as you walk though this time of sorrow in your lives.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Wishing you moments of peace and tender reflections.
He will be missed by many. ”
- Bob & Audrey Schmidt
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about Klaas. He was a very good, kind and talented man. We have so many great memories of the Fairview neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Denny and Kaye Price
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“Betty and family makes me sad to hear this news Klaas was truly one of the good guys have many fun memories from when I worked at Spencer Lumber. Sympathy to all.
- Nancy Sorensen Newgard
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 8:02 AM
“What an amazing and friendly man!! I have many fond memories of Klaas at the golf course the years that I worked there......always helpful and humorous. Just last summer he came into Brett's shop with Betty and helped me with a trophy taller than me that was giving me fits!! Blessings of comfort, strength, and peace to his family. His soul will go on in your hearts!! What a wonderful example he set for many! Stacey and Kayla Caskey ”
- Stacey J. Halling-Caskey
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 8:55 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Spencer lost a great great man. I got to know Klaas the summer after I retired from the Patrol. He and I spent the summer together on a Habitat house in south Spencer. He was a very kind and intelligent man. Bless his Soul, and family. ”
- Joe and Sue Skow
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 4:36 PM
“Klaas was such a wonderful man. Kind and friendly with the community’s betterment always on his mind. He was very instrumental in the y’s men’s projects and successes. Klaas, I will always consider you a friend and will never forget all you did for me and the Y. Rest In Peace ”
- Becky LaBarre
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 4:36 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you know and experience how high, deep and long the Father's LOVE is for you as you go through each day. Praying you can celebrate the precious memories you have shared over the years. ”
- Dave & Gail Aalberts
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 2:28 PM
“My son, Todd Gates, always looked up to Klaas with respect and admiration. When Klaas learned my son had passed away he was so kind and comforting. I have enjoyed seeing Klaas at the Highlands. And I agree with my son that Klaas is one of the best!”
- Gayle DeLoss
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 12:14 PM
“Klaas was a great neighbor and true asset to the Spencer Community!! My sympathies to the Groen family. It was an honor & pleasure to know him. Brad Nair”
- Brad Nair
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 8:30 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear about Klaas's passing. He will forever be known to us as the best landlord ever! He was truly a sweet man! Thoughts and prayers for you, Betty and family.”
- Missy Lair
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7:29 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Klaas passing. I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with him when I was younger. He was a wonderful picture of a man of God. I respected him so much. And as an adult, it was so good to see him and hear him ask me, “ How are you doing kiddo?” Even in my 30s and 40s with my own kids beside me. ”
- Kristin (Meyer) Kroesche
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:26 PM
“We are so very sorry to learn of Klaus' passing, yet we rejoice he's with The King! Praying for God to comfort and keep you all.
- Tim and Susan Christensen”
- Tim and Susan Christensen
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 5:22 PM
“So very sorry to read of Klaas' passing. He was a humble, kind man. He will be remembered by us for that and the fact that he built the house we live in. We are grateful for his professional precision in building it. God bless his family.
Margaret and Mel Molitor
1820 W. 11th St., Spencer.”
- Margaret and Mel Molitor
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 5:22 PM
“So sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man. All our sympathy. God bless!”
- Laura Gerritsen Gehrls
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 5:22 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss! He was a wonderful talented man. Cherish you memories!”
- Marlly Gerritsen
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