John Frank Bouma, 79 of Fairfield, Montana passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020 at his home with his loving family by his side.
John was born in Choteau, MT on November 24, 1940 to the late Louie and Nina (Kaptein) Bouma. He attended a country school in Farmington, MT. On January 25, 1961 he married Edith Hollo.
Their first home was in Lincoln MT, where he worked as a logger. They later moved to Choteau for a short time before buying a farm in Fairfield, where he raised his family. Shortly after moving to Fairfield, he and Edith suffered the heartbreaking loss of their 7 year old son, Stanley Ray, in a drowning accident.
He patiently taught his children nearly every aspect of farming, from seeding to irrigating to harvesting/haying. His patience was unfailing. He mended dented tractors, changed broken shear pins and swather sickles without a word of complaint as he worked beside his family in the fields. We were never afraid to come to him for help when our best efforts (or even our rushed efforts!) failed and his help was needed.
In his down time he loved spending time with his children on activities like bowling, skiing, and camping at the family cabin in Benchmark.
In 1995 John and Edith sold their farm and moved to Sheboygan, WI. He purchased a truck and hauled various commodities to and from the eastern and southern states. They lived in Sheboygan for10 years before moving back to their Montana roots. They bought a hobby farm, which he enjoyed farming for the last several years of his life
John was a deacon, elder and Sunday School teacher for over 35 years. He frequently spoke to his children and grandchildren, encouraging them to seek first the Kingdom of God.
Dad's greatest accomplishment in life was fostering an unwavering, unyielding bond of love among his wife, children and grandchildren. This loving bond in his family was his greatest source of earthly joy.
John is survived by his loving and faithful wife of nearly 60 years, Edith. His children, Les and Ginger (Golsan) Bouma, of Anchorage, Alaska. Loralee (Bouma) and Bryan Schwanke of Lincoln, MT. Raylene (Bouma)and Mark Casson of Chattanooga, TN. Janelle (Bouma) and Scott Teunissen, of Elkhart Lake, WI. Judy (Bouma) and Glenn Rosenbaum of Helena, MT. Doug and Kelcy (Bakken) Bouma of Fairfield, MT, and Mauricio Morales. Grandchildren Jonathan and Leanna Bouma, Jordan and Alaina Morales, Tyler Morales, Adriana Morales, Elissa (Morales) and Garrett Grantham, Calvin Morales, Cody and Tisha Rosembaum, Nathan and Lorna Rosenbaum, Dylan Rosenbaum, Kaela Rosenbaum, Michaela, Bethany, Kaitlyn and Abigail Teunissen, Eliana and Joelle Casson, Kolter, Kaylee, Kail, Kash and Kinley Bouma. Great-grandchildren Sofia, Alexander, Maximiliano and Javier Morales, Levi, Leighton and Amelia Rosenbaum.
He is also survived by siblings Ralph (Cornelia) Bouma, Harold (Johanna) Bouma, Jenny (John) Luteyn, Fran (Larry) Teunissen, Henrietta Vandelegemaat and sister-in-law Madalyn Bouma.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Nina Bouma, his son Stanley Ray, his brothers and sisters, Pete and Nellie Bouma, Herman Bouma, Andrew and Marie Bouma, Francis Bouma, Henry and Paula Bouma, Ann and Hugh Greyn, Wulfert Van De Legemaat.
A funeral service for John will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 19 at Old Paths Baptist Church, Choteau.