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Larry D. Braaksma
August 22, 1948 ~ October 29, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials to the American Cancer Association or the John Stoddard Cancer Center can be sent to the family or left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Larry, the youngest of 10 children born to John and Carrie (Van Wyk) Braaksma, was born August 22, 1948, in Lynnville. He grew up in Killduff and attended Sully schools. Larry was united in marriage with Sherrill Andrews on December 22, 1966, in Newton. Larry was a career truck driver. He also owned and operated Clearwater Cove Resort in Canada for 10 years, which allowed him to spend more time pursuing his passions of hunting and big water fishing. After retirement, Larry and Sherrill moved to Texas for 15 years where he drove school bus. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Izaak Walton League. Larry enjoyed being on the road, whether it was in a semi, on a motorcycle, or pulling a camper to wherever he was camping with his family. He enjoyed pheasant hunting in South Dakota, any time spent with friends and family, watching racing, and boating—as long as his hair didn’t get wet.
Larry is survived by his wife, Sherrill of Kellogg; children Marty (Franchette) Braaksma of Newton, Tracy (Jon) Rivers of Ava, Missouri, and Jenny (Travis) Herduin of Newton; his grandchildren: Chase Rivers, Justin Rivers, Brklyn (Mark) Ross, Jacob Herduin (Brooke Logue), Hadley Braaksma (Jaydlin Seehase), Hanna Herduin (Luis Guevara), and Ethan Braaksma (Korin McCrory); 4 great-grandchildren; his sister, Lee (Harold) Nielsen; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Rob Braaksma, Gertie Hites, Fran Enyart, Bud Braaksma, Lou Braaksma, Butch Braaksma, Viola Mae Braaksma, and Wayne Braaksma.