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

Walter Eugene "Gene" Niewenhuis

Wednesday, June 23rd, 1926 - Monday, November 9th, 2020
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Eugene Niewenhuis, 94, of New Holland, SD passed away Monday, November 9, 2020 at his home. Funeral Services are 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 13, 2020 at the New Holland Christian Reformed Church. A Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at the New Holland Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Mount Funeral Home in Platte, SD. The service will be live-streamed under "Photos and Videos" on our website or through Mount Funeral Homes Facebook page.

Walter Eugene Niewenhuis was born on June 23, 1926 to John William and Anna (Spoelstra) Niewenhuis in rural Corsica, Douglas County, SD. He attended Garden Valley Christian School and Garden Valley Public School in Douglas County. He was drafted at the age of 17 and beginning on April 19, 1945, served in the US Army during World War II overseas on the island of Okinawa. This is when he discovered his passion for flying. Upon returning home after his honorable discharge on December 20, 1946, he was able to experience it for himself by learning to fly through the GI Bill.

Gene was united in marriage to Evelyn Vander Tuin on December 28, 1950 at the Christian Reformed Church in New Holland, SD. He made a career as a lifelong dairy farmer and general crop farmer, working the land of the Niewenhuis family farm in Holland Township until retiring and moving into New Holland. He enjoyed discovering new places through travel, the freedom of flying, being out in nature hunting and the joy of reading a good book.

A member of the New Holland Christian Reformed Church, he served as an Elder and was on the Christian School Board. He was Sexton of the New Holland Cemetery for 20 years. Gene was an active member of The Gideons International, Everson-Beukelman American Legion Post #274 and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Gene’s relationship with his Lord and Savior was a strong and personal one. His daily, beautiful conversations, through prayer, were evident to his final day. Watching him on the farm, at church and in the community, he taught his family the value of hard work. He was able to find balance and knew the importance of a family vacation.

Grateful for having shared in Gene’s life: his wife of nearly 70 years, Evelyn Niewenhuis of New Holland, SD; five children: Wilmer (Joan) Niewenhuis of Platte, SD, Randall (Diane) Niewenhuis of Corsica, SD, Daniel (Jody) Niewenhuis of Corsica, SD, Wendell (Robin) Niewenhuis of Aberdeen, SD and Jo Ellen (Douglas) Dykstra of Platte, SD; 34 grandchildren; 69 dear great-grandchildren; a brother, George Niewenhuis of Corsica, SD; a sister, Glennys Feenstra of Corsica, SD; along with many nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by: a daughter and son-in-law, Marcia Faye and David Kuipers; a daughter-in-law, Maureen Niewenhuis; a granddaughter, Marlee Niewenhuis; his parents, William and Anna Niewenhuis; a sister and her husband, Evelyn and Howard VanderVeen; a sister-in-law, Violet Niewenhuis; and a brother-in-law, John Feenstra.

Memorials in Gene’s honor may be directed to: The Gideons International Processing Center, PO Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251 or Dakota Christian School, 37614 SD Hwy 44, Corsica, SD 57328.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Mount Funeral Home
    520 S. Main St.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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  • Service

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, November 13th, 2020 2:00pm
    New Holland Christian Reformed Church
    100 Church Ave.
    NEW HOLLAND, SD 57364
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    The service will be live-streamed under "Photos and Videos" on our website or through Mount Funeral Homes Facebook page.
    **Even though we have a music license, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. have been censoring music and it may be muted on the broadcast during the service**
    Rev. Jerry Buwalda
  • Interment

    New Holland Cemetery
    NEW HOLLAND, SD 57364
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    Military Honors by Everson-Beukelman American Legion Post #274 of Corsica, SD.
  • Reception

    New Holland Christian Reformed Church
    100 Church Ave.
    NEW HOLLAND, SD 57364
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  • American Legion
  • Army of Occupation Medal
  • Asiatic Pacific Service Medal
  • Christian Reformed Church
  • Farm Bureau
  • Gideon's International Camp
  • US Army
  • Victory Medal


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Rick Koetje

Posted at 10:30am
Sympathy and prayers to the family. Rejoicing for so many good memories of his quiet steadfastness, great visits with neighbors, and a smile to everyone. I am glad I could share in part of his long life and legacy of faith. Rick Koetje, Decatur IL

Marlene Breukelman-Daale

Posted at 07:51pm
My sympathy for your loss, he will be missed in the area because he was always around. Treasure the many wonderful memories of his earthly life. Remembering and praying for you.

Marlene Breukelman-Daale


Posted at 11:29am
While I am sorry for your loss, I also envy Gene that he has received his final reward. I have many good memories, of him and his family, from working on the milking equipment and also of talking with him at the Veteran's day service at DCS a year ago.
Bill Kortemeyer

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