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Gary D. Mars

November 10, 1938 December 15, 2018
Gary D. Mars
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Obituary for Gary D. Mars

Mr. Gary Mars, age 80, of Hull, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, December 19, at 11:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Harlan De Jong and the Rev. David Van Kley will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Gary Dean was born on November 10, 1938, in rural Orange City, the son of Jacob and Henrietta (Hofland) Mars. He was raised at Middleburg and graduated from the Rock Valley Christian School. He first worked for area farmers. He then moved to Michigan, where he was employed at Keeler Brass for 1 ½ years. After moving to Orange City, he worked for Hi-Precision for another 1 ½ years.

On December 16, 1960, he married Hendrene Joan Zoet in Hull. Since 1963, they have farmed northeast of Hull.

Mr. Mars was a member of the First Reformed Church, where he served as a catechism superintendent, a Sunday school teacher, and a Reformed Church Youth Fellowship sponsor. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Hull Christian School.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed riding through the country, checking crops and implement dealers. He looked forward to visiting with family and friends and liked playing in a card club.

Survivors include his wife of almost 58 years; a son and his wife, Michael and Frea Mars, of Park Forest, Illinois; three daughters and their husbands, Cindy and Alan Hofman, of Sanborn; Sandra and Tracy Weidner, of Hull; and Melissa and Mark Gurtler, of Sheldon; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Senafe, Beatrice Mars, Lana Oolman, Heidi Tjossem, Jonathan Hofman, Gracie Weidner, Jessica Willer, Hayley Gurtler, and Allison Guitler; two great-grandchildren, Jasmin and Jase Oolman; two sisters, Vel Falkena, of Hospers; and Darlene, and her husband, Stan Ekdom, of Des Moines; three brothers and their wives, Don and Audrey Mars, of Hastings, Nebraska; Bob and Sue Mars, of Des Moines; and Randy and Wanda Mars, of Alton; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Jager, of Sioux Center; a brother-in-law and his wife, Mick and Betty Vande Brake, of Orange City; and many nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lige Mars and Jerry Mars, and his wife, Sandie; three sisters, Gertrude Vande Brake, June, and her husband, Clarence De Vos; and Shirley Beth Mars, in infancy; a brother-in-law, Fred Falkena; a sister-in-law, Debbie Mars.; and a nephew, Jeff Zoet.

Memorials may be directed to the Hull Christian School or the First Reformed Church Building Fund.

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Previous Events

Family Visitation




5:00 PM 12/18/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/18/2018 7:00:00 PM
First Reformed Church - Hull

911 2nd St
Hull, IA 51239

First Reformed Church - Hull
911 2nd St Hull 51239 IA
United States

Funeral Service




11:00 AM 12/19/2018 11:00:00 AM
First Reformed Church - Hull

911 2nd St
Hull, IA 51239

First Reformed Church - Hull
911 2nd St Hull 51239 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Hope Cemetery Final Resting Place

N Hayes Ave
Hull, IA 51239

N Hayes Ave Hull 51239 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

First Reformed Church of Hull Building Fund

Hull Christian School


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