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Funeral, memorial services for Jon Kooima

November 30, 2006

Jon Kooima

The Dordt College community was saddened with the death of a freshman student, Jonathan Ross Kooima, Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 29.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 7, in Kooima's hometown of Ridgecrest, CA. Dordt College will conduct a memorial service Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 10:50 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

The family has requested that the Christian school which Jon attended be the designated recipient of memorial gifts. The name and address of the school is Immanuel Christian School, 201 Graaf St., Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

Kooima was returning to his dorm room following a game of racquetball when he collapsed. He was rushed to the Sioux Center Community Hospital by EMT personnel, but never regained consciousness. A prayer service attended by students, faculty and staff was held that evening at Dordt College’s B.J. Haan Auditorium. 

Kooima was a native of Ridgecrest, California. He was studying engineering at Dordt, where he was selected to participate in the Kuyper Scholars Program in Christian scholarship, which provides academically gifted students with scholarly challenges beyond the regular curriculum.

He is survived by his parents, Harlan and Kim Kooima, and six siblings. His grandparents are Sebertus and Rose Kooima, Inwood; and Wilmer and Marilyn Rensink, Sioux Center.

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