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Wesley Wayne Schaap

Wesley Wayne Schaap

4/21/1935-11/30/2020

 

Wes is now singing Heavenly praises for all eternity as he sails to the best golf course ever. He was born on the Chandler, MN family farm to John and Lyda (Lubben) Schaap and married his loving wife, Karen Sue Smith on June 14, 1980. Wes served in the US Army in France, worked as an RN at Pine Rest for 38 years, and as an MSW therapist for the next 25 years. Wes was at one with God and nature, loved music and singing in the choir. He enjoyed his family, faith, friends, fun adventures, golf, sailing, dancing, travel, coffee klatch, stories, sports, reading and relaxing on the porch swing. Wes was friendly, caring, and compassionate. We will miss his great sense of humor, listening ear, and the willingness to share his time, help, and wisdom. Wesley was preceded in death by his brothers, Marion, Harold (Wilma), Arnie (Mavis), sister-in-law, Lorraine Schaap, and brother-in-law, Dick Smith. He is survived by his wife, Karen Schaap; brothers, Lester, and Lloyd (Luella) Schaap, and sister-in-law, Ellen Smith; and children, Sheryl (Mark) Offringa, Jennifer (Jim) Jensen, Yvonne Matthis, Marian (Al) Young, Michael (Audra) Schaap; Scott (Amy) Cogswell, Christina Balfoort, Theresa (Aaron) Loew, and Marcy Spearow. Papa said grandchildren were a light in his life: Michael (Andrea) Werkema, Jason (Meghan) Werkema, Joe Werkema, Aaron (Hannah) Offringa, Ethan, and Seth Offringa, Peter, and Andrew Jensen, Latasha, Christopher (Dyshea), and Beaux (Hannah) Matthis, AJ Young, Paige (Tyler) Doyle, Erika (Russell) Rosenwirth, Tyler Schaap, Samuel Balfoort, Brittany, Peyton, and Knox Flowers, Greyson, and Westyn Loew, Lucy, Kayla, and Ally Spearow; and 18 great-grandchildren. Wes appreciated Captain Richard who always had his sailboat ready. Wesley lived the abundant life. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.

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