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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
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Theodore Bultsma

Theodore Alvin "Ted" Bultsma

Friday, June 14th, 1935 - Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
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Theodore Alvin “Ted” Bultsma, 84, of Platte, SD passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Platte Health Center Avera. Funeral Services are 10:30 A.M. Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Christian Reformed Church in Platte. A Committal Service will follow at Platte City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Sunday, December 8, 2019 with a 4:00 P.M. Prayer Service.

Theodore Alvin Bultsma was born on June 14, 1935 to Henry T. and Jessie T. (Bult) Bultsma at their home in Platte, SD. He attended country schools and was united in marriage to Carol Ann Hoving on June 15, 1956 in Chicago, IL at the Roseland Christian Reformed Church parsonage. Ted began his lifelong career as a farmer and rancher, working with his Dad. He was also a truck driver, owning and operating Bultsma Truck Line.

Ted was a member of the Platte Christian Reformed Church, served on the Board and as a Driver for the Platte Ambulance Service, belonged to the Platte Horseman Club, participated in bowling league, was a 4-H Leader and a member as well as Past President, of the South Dakota Trucking Association.

Horseback riding and caring for his cattle were two of Ted’s passions. He will be fondly remembered for the love he showed to all of his family and many friends. Ted considered his family to be his greatest achievement.

Grateful for having shared in Ted’s life: his wife of over 63 years, Carol Bultsma of Platte, SD; seven children: David (Brenda) Bultsma of Platte, SD, Cheryl Reed of Platte, SD, Beverly Antonsen of Platte, SD, Janice Urban of Pukwana, SD, Barbara (Todd) Powell of Chamberlain, SD, William (Chandel) Bultsma of Vermillion, SD and Patricia (Bill) Frei of Wagner, SD; 19 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren: Josh (Julie) Bultsma – Coy, Rory, Riata and Tayten, Bridget (Jared) Bender – Hayes, Jarrod (Jacki) Bultsma – Dawson, Hayden and Austen, Jeri (Isaac) Dahlman – Kurt and Wade, Jody (Steven) Beeson – Sophie, Kip and Teddy, Jill Antonsen, Hope Antonsen, Michael (Nichole) Urban – Anthony and Allison, Ryan (Samantha) Urban – Trace, Huntley and Rhett, Tara (Kyle) Wieczorek – Reagan, Emma and Carter, Brooklynn (Ross) Kieffer – Savanna, Rebecca (Matt) Herman, Elizabeth (Matt) Luczak, Nathan Powell, Collin Powell, Thomas Powell, Jasmine (Ryan) Stewart – Eliot and Alice, Colton Frei, and Callie Frei; three brothers; four sisters; Carol’s sister; along with many nieces and nephews.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Jessie Bultsma; an infant twin son, Daniel; a grandson, Logan Theodore Frei; a granddaughter, Janel Reed; and two sons-in-law: Raymond Urban and Kevin Antonsen.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, December 8th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Christian Reformed Church
    520 Wyoming Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    4:00pm Prayer Service
  • Service

    Monday, December 9th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, December 9th, 2019 10:30am
    Christian Reformed Church
    520 Wyoming Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    Pastor Drew Hoekema
  • Interment

    Platte City Cemetery
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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  • Reception

    Christian Reformed Church
    520 Wyoming Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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  • South Dakota Trucking Assoication


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Marlene Breukelman-Daale

Posted at 05:33pm
My sympathy to Carol and family for your loss of Ted. I remember him as a really nice man and always had time to visit. Thinking of you all during this Christmas season and the “firsts” of the coming year.
Marlene Breukelman-Daale

Dennis and Karen Ackerman family

Posted at 10:12am
May He receive you with open arms.
You will be remembered always.
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Dawn Luckett

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My condolences to Carol and the family. I always enjoyed working with Ted and visiting and laughing with him. May your many memories keep you at peace for the loss of Ted. Prayers to you all. Colleen (East West)

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