Sam Sybesma, Jr., 91, of Platte, SD passed away Monday, May 17, 2021 at his home. Funeral Services are 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Platte Christian Reformed Church. A Committal Service will follow at Platte City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday, May 21, 2021 with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sam’s honor may be directed to: Dakota Christian School, 37614 SD Hwy 44, Corsica, SD 57328 or World Renew – the disaster relief arm of the CRC (at worldrenew.net). Mount Funeral Home of Platte is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through mountfuneralhome.com. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed under "Photos and Videos" on the funeral home website (Webcasting), through “Mount Funeral Homes” Facebook page and at www.plattecrc.org.
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Sam Sybesma, Jr. was born on April 7, 1930 to Sam, Sr. and Carolina (Faber) Sybesma in Ireton, IA, the 6th of 12 children. He attended country grade school and Platte High School before entering into a lifelong career in farming. On June 26, 1956, Sam was united in marriage to Henrietta Lubben at the Christian Reformed Church in Leota, MN.
Sam was a lifetime member of the Platte Christian Reformed Church - serving on the church Council, the Platte Christian and Dakota Christian High School Boards and was a founding board member of the Dakota Christian High School. He also belonged to and served on the board of the local Farm Bureau.
Sam enjoyed beekeeping, Allis-Chalmers tractors and music of all kinds, especially with his family. He rebuilt organs, tuned pianos and was the Community Telephone Lineman when telephone service came to the district.
Grateful for having shared in Sam’s life: his wife of over 64 years, Henrietta Sybesma of Platte, SD; their seven children, 30 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren: daughter, Mary Jo (Al) Toering of Sioux Falls, SD and their children: Matthew (Kelli) Toering, Melissa (Dan) Kruzek, Jason (Leah) Toering and Michelle Toering – Keagan; son, Karl (Karla) Sybesma of Platte, SD and their children: Koral (David) – Cale, Addison and Rylee Booth, Klarissa (AJ) – Marissa, Mallory, Maylee and Mya Backes, Kenton (Heidi) – Hunter, Alayah, Kasey and Tobin Sybesma, Kati (Andrew) – Emelia, Hudson, Edith and Eleanor Kennedy, Kyle (Kara) – Asher, Archer, Trig and Timber Sybesma, and Kalla (Hans) – Everett, Grayson, Theo and Oliver Hansen; son, Jon (Jackie) Sybesma of Delavan, WI and their children: Sara (Nate) – Sybil Hanus, Levi, Noah, Isaac and Seth Sybesma; daughter, Nancy (Steve) VanderPol of Geddes, SD and their children: Russell (Haley) – Brianna, Oakley and Dani VanderPol, Beth – Beau, Aubrey and Aiden Gammel, Nate (Katy) – Ziggy, Ruby and Felix VanderPol and Christin (Connor) Majerus; daughter, Lisa (John) Deal of Selby, SD and their children: Allison, Heather, Ben and Titus Deal; son, Dean (Tammy) Sybesma of Churchill, MT and their children: Cassandra, Tessa and Shayna Sybesma; and son, Joel (Susan) Sybesma of Platte, SD and their children: Joel Jr. "Jay" (Melissa), Jesse (Sydney), Abigail – Joanna Henry, and Zachariah (Erin) Sybesma; three sisters: Jean Huisjen of Fruita, CO, Anna Mae Lubben of Kalamazoo, MI and Gert (Bernard) Baker of Edgerton, MN; three brothers-in-law: Dwight Joe Harris, John Vanden Bos and David VanDenBerg; seven sisters-in-law: Lois (Harlan) Hanenburg, Ardyce (Howard) Millhuff, Eunice (Dennis) Kallio, Mary Hale, Betty (Bill) Kimble, Nelvina Sybesma and Elaine (Bud) Weibenga; along with many nieces and nephews.
Sam was preceded in death by: his parents, Sam, Sr. and Carolina Sybesma; three brothers: Clarence, Marion and Stanley Sybesma; five sisters: Bertha Flietstra, Clara Flietstra, Caroline Vanden Bos, Millie Weeber and Darlene VanDenBerg; his parents-in-law, Henry and Nellie (Vander Lugt) Lubben; four brothers-in-law: Charles Flietstra, Merle Huisjen, Pete Lubben and James Hale; and two sisters-in-law: Clara Sybesma and Marcia Harris.