Gary Soodsma

Date of Death: May 17, 2020
Gary Soodsma

1940 - 2020

Gary Soodsma, 79, of Waupun, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Prairie Ridge Assisted Living in Waupun.

Gary was born May 24, 1940 in Orange County California, the son of Harold and Josie Dykstra Soodsma. Gary was a graduate of Randolph High School in 1958. Gary enlisted in the Army National Guard, serving with the Red Arrow Division. He married Dena (Venhuizen), together they raised their three children on the family farm in Randolph. He was employed by National Rivet in Waupun as a machinist for 36 years. He enjoyed woodworking, having made tables and rocking chairs for his grandchildren. Gary was a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church denomination. He was a member of Faith Community Church in Beaver Dam and volunteered at his church and many other community organizations.

Gary is survived by three children: Kristin (John) Gibbons of Waukesha, Douglas (Heidi) Soodsma of Two Rivers, and Andrew Soodsma of Waupun; five grandchildren: Levi (Brittney) Soodsma, Lydia Soodsma, Samuel Gibbons, Jacob Gibbons, and Emma Gibbons; a brother and four sisters: Sid Soodsma, Winky (Jon) Dobbratz, Joanne (Larry) Buwalda, Connie (Dave) Hopp, and Gerri (Richard) Buteyn; and several nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Harmen; a brother, Henry Soodsma; and a sister-in-law, Helen Soodsma.

Private Services

Family services for Gary Soodsma will take place at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. Jason Ruis officiating.


Burial will follow at Randolph Cemetery.



  1. Kyle Heuver Says: May 19, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    My sympathies to the Soodsma family. Gary will be missed.

  2. Gary and Cindy Stiemsma Says: May 20, 2020 at 9:05 am

    We would like to extend our sympathy to your family! GOD BLESS

  3. Steve & Pam Bult Says: May 20, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    We want to express our deepest sympathy and hold all of your family in our prayers

  4. Jim and Maxine Ferron Says: May 21, 2020 at 10:30 am

    We would like to send our sincere sympathy to all of Gary’s family from Jim and I. Gary was a good man and will be missed by all. Thinking of you. Jim and Maxine Ferron

  5. Dick Steinbach Says: May 22, 2020 at 11:16 am

    My sympathy to the family. Gary was a good “coffee buddy” at McDonalds.

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