Gold Star Deaths (surnames S-U)

of Christian Reformed Church Members in North America

1941-1973

compiled by Susan Potter and Richard H. Harms, 2001

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These data come from a lists compiled by the Young Calvinist and placed in Heritage Hall, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The goal of these lists was to include the deaths of all church members in military services. The data are not complete. If you have additional (or corrected) information or additional entries email it to us and we will add it to future versions of this page.

Note: For the sake of consistency, we have use 'United States Air Force' for the entire war period, rather than 'United States Army Air Corps.'  This list is in five parts, surnames beginning A-D, E-K, L-R, S-U and V-Y.

Sall, Roger Allen - Sp/5 United States Army
       
Birth:  08/26/1951.  Entered service:  03/08/1971
       
Death:  01/30/1973, Blendon Township, MI; place of burial:  Allendale, MI
       
Parents:  Sall, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey
       
Church:  Second Allendale, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Apr 1973, p. 22

Santjer, Ben - Cpl United States Army
       
Birth:  12/15/1919.  Entered service:
       
Death:  01/06/1944, Italy; place of burial:  Italy
       
Parents:  Santjer, John and Kate (Konken)
       
Church:  Bejou, MN Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Apr 1944, p. 22

Schaaf, Fred - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  08/25/1916.  Entered service:  06/11/1942
       
Death:  11/16/1942, El Paso, TX; place of burial:  Vesper, WI
       
Parents:  Schaaf, Mr. and Mrs.  Herbert
       
Home:  Chicago, IL; Church:  First Englewood, Chicago, IL Christian
        Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  May 1945, p. 16

Schaap, Marion J. - QM 1/c United States Navy
       
Entered service:  08/13/1942
       
Death:  07/30/1945, Pacific Ocean on board USS Indianapolis
        Church:  Leota, MN Christian Reformed Church

       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Nov 1945, p. 22

Schenkel, Henry - Cpl United States Army
       
Birth:  11/18/1942.  Entered service:  03/22/1942
       
Death:  06/07/1944, Beach Head, Normandy, France; place of burial:  France
       
Parents:  Schenkel, Jacob
       
Home:  Oak Lawn, IL; Church:  Oak Lawn, IL Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Nov 1944, p. 22

Schermer, Robert Wayne - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  01/19/1926.  Entered service:  03/29/1944
       
Death:  01/04/1945, Belgium; place of burial:  Belgium
       
Parents:  Schermer, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew
       
Home:  Zeeland, MI; Church:  Third Zeeland, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Apr 1945, p. 18

Schilder, Rudolph J. - S 2/c United States Navy
       
Birth:  02/20/1925.  Entered service:  07/01/1943
       
Death:  04/28/1944, Winona, AR; place of burial:  Pella, IA
       
Parents:  Schilder, Mr. and Mrs. Arie
       
Home:  Pella, IA; Church:  First Pella, IA Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Sep 1944, p. 12

Schmidt, Willis - Lt United States Air Force
       
Birth:  01/16/1921.  Entered service:  10/20/1940
       
Death:  10/20/1943, Australia; place of burial:  Southwest Pacific Area
       
Parents:  Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. Otto
       
Home:  Chicago, IL; Church:  Second Englewood, Chicago, IL Christian
        Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jan 1944, p. 39

Schoelier, Sidney - Sp/4 United States Army
       
Birth:  04/12/1945.  Entered service:  02/20/1966
       
Death:  10/06/1967, Vietnam; place of burial:  Mt. Brydges, ON
       
Parents:  Schoelier, Mrs. Hille
       
Church:  Sussex, NJ Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Feb 1968, p. 33

Schreuder, Anthony - Pfc United States Army
       
Death:  06/08/1944, Italy; place of burial:  Italy
       
Parents:  Schreuder, Mr. and Mrs. Joe
       
Home:  Kalamazoo, MI; Church:  Second Kalamazoo, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Aug 1944, p. 9

Schreur, Gerald Jay - Pfc United States Marine Corps
       
Birth:  02/01/1926.  Entered service:  06/23/1944
       
Death:  06/15/45?, Okinawa; place of burial:  Okinawa
       
Home:  Lowell, MI; Church:  Ada, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Aug 1945, p. 15

Schroeder, Richard Glenn - Hospital man United States Navy
       
Birth:  05/25/1942.  Entered service:  09/29/1964
       
Death:  07/14/1966, Vietnam; place of burial:  Lansing, IL
       
Parents:  Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. Richard H.
       
Home:  Lansing, IL; Church:  Munster Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Oct 1966, p. 32

Schuringa, Jacob - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  01/15/1926.  Entered service:  03/21/1944
       
Death:  01/02/1945, Libramont, Belgium; place of burial:  Meuse, France
       
Parents:  Schuringa, Mr. and Mrs. James
       
Home:  Chicago, IL; Church:  Fourth Chicago, IL Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Apr 1945, p. 19

Schurman, Clarence - Lt United States Air Force
       
Birth:  10/02/1920.  Entered service:  05/1942
       
Death:  12/25/1944, Germany
        Parents:  Flim, Mr. and Mrs. Harry

       
Home:  Chicago, IL; Church:  Second Englewood, Chicago, IL Christian
        Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Feb 1946, p. 16

Sebens, Franklin - WT 1/c United States Navy
        Death:  12/03/1944, Linguyan Gulf
        Spouse:  Mang, Virginia
        Parents:  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sebens
        Home:  Lynden, WA, Second Lynden, WA Christian Reformed Church
        Listed in Young Calvinist: May 1945, p. 2

Sjoerdsma, Theodore - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  07/13/1919.  Entered service:  07/31/1944
       
Death:  02/07/1945, Germany; place of burial:  Foy, Belgium
       
Spouse:  Sjoerdsma, Mrs. T. - children:  three
        Parents:  Sjoerdsma, Mr. and Mrs. A.

       
Home:  Randolph, WI; Church:  First Randolph, WI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  May 1945, p. 17

Slager, Edward P. - Cpl United States Air Force
       
Entered service:  09/1943
       
Death:  12/27/1944, Saipan  
        Home:  Kalamazoo, MI; Church:  First Kalamazoo, MI Christian Reformed Church

       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Mar 1945, p. 18

Slager, James A. - Pfc United States Army
       
Birth:  05/20/1926.  Entered service:  10/02/1944
       
Death:  06/21/1945, Okinawa; place of burial:  Okinawa
       
Parents:  Slager, Mr. and Mrs. William   J.
       
Church:  Comstock, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Dec 1945, p. 20

Slager, Justin John - Pfc United States Army
       
Birth:  09/19/1923.  Entered service:  01/13/1943
       
Death:  11/27/1943, Europe; place of burial:  at sea-Mediterranean
       
Parents:  Slager, Mr. and Mrs. Peter J.
       
Home:  Kalamazoo, MI; Church:  Milwood, Kalamazoo, MI Christian
        Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jan 1946, p. 16

Slenk, Harold J. - S/Sgt United States Army
       
Birth:  05/16/1915.  Entered service:  11/18/1941
       
Death:  11/29/1944, Germany; place of burial:  Belgium
       
Spouse:  Lenters, Reka - children:  Beverly Ann
        Parents:  Slenk, Mr. and Mrs. John

       
Home:  Saugatuck, MI; Church:  East Saugatuck, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  May 1945, p. 17

Smalligan, Garret P. - Pfc United States Army
       
Entered service:  04/01/1942
       
Death:  05/31/1944, Italy; place of burial:  Italy
       
Parents:  Smalligan, Mr. and Mrs. C.
       
Home:  Fremont, MI; Church:  First Fremont, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Sep 1944, p. 12

Smidstra, Charles R. - Sp/4 United States Army
       
Birth:  11/26/1947.  Entered service:  12/1967
       
Death:  10/02/1968, Vietnam; place of burial:  Rock Rapids, IA
       
Parents:  Smidstra, Mr. and Mrs. Bert
       
Home:  Rock Rapids, IA; Church:  Rock Rapids, IA Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Dec 1968, p. 30

Smit, Andrew G. - Sgt United States Army
       
Birth:  05/22/1921.  Entered service:  10/16/1942
       
Death:  11/30/1942, Pacific Ocean
        Parents:  Smit, Mr. and Mrs. B.

       
Church:  Beaverdam, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Feb 1946, p. 16

Smit, John  K. - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  07/14/1926.  Entered service:  09/11/1944
       
Death:  04/30/1945, Okinawa; place of burial:  Same
       
Parents:  Smit, Mrs. Henry
       
Home:  Ripon, CA; Church:  First Ripon, CA Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Sep 1945, p. 14

Smith, James - Pfc United States Army
       
Birth:  06/22/1921.  Entered service:  12/28/1942
       
Death:  06/06/1944, France
        Parents:  Smith, John and Minnie

       
Home:  McBain, MI; Church:  West Branch, McBain, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Oct 1944, p. 17

Smith, Martin Jr. - Lt United States Air Force
       
Birth:  02/20/1921.  Entered service:  05/15/1942
       
Death:  12/14/1943, Vella La Vella; place of burial:  Vella La Vella
       
Parents:  Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Martin
       
Home:  Grand Rapids, MI; Church:  Fuller Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI
        Christian Reformed Church

Smitter, Donald Warren - Ensign United States Navy
       
Birth:  01/30/1921.  Entered service:  10/25/1943
       
Death:  08/03/1945, Pensacola, FL
        Spouse:  Mc Murray, Ellen
        Parents:  Smitter, Mr. and Mrs. Claude

       
Home:  Chicago, IL; Church:  Third Roseland, Chicago, IL Christian
        Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Dec 1945, p. 21

Snieder, Theodore Gregory - A/S United States Air Force
       
Birth:  08/14/1919.  Entered service:
       
Death:  10/03/1942, Texas; place of burial:  Ireton, IA
       
Parents:  Van Donge, Mr. and Mrs. Ed
       
Home:  Ireton, IA; Church:  First Ireton, IA Christian Reformed Church

Spalink, John Jr. - S/Sgt United States Army
       
Birth:  01/17/1922.  Entered service:  02/1943
       
Death:  02/04/1945, Lupao, Luzon, Philippines; place of burial:  Luzon,
        Philippines
       
Parents:  Spalink, Mr. and Mrs. John
       
Home:  Grand Rapids, MI; Church:  LaGrave Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI
        Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Feb 1946, p. 16

Split, John E. - Pfc  United States Army
       
Birth:  02/24/1921.  Entered service:  10/05/1942
       
Death:  07/09/1944, Italy; place of burial:  Italy
       
Parents:  Split, Mr. and Mrs. Julius
       
Home:  Grand Rapids, MI; Church:  Franklin Street, Grand Rapids, MI
        Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Oct 1944, p. 17

Steenstra, William LeRoy - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  07/12/1945.  Entered service:  11/1965
       
Death:  09/20/1966, Korea; place of burial:  Leota, MN
       
Parents:  Steenstra, Gerrit
       
Home:  Edgerton, MN; Church:  First Edgerton, MN Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jan 1967, p. 28

Steenwyk, Bernard - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  07/08/1920.  Entered service:  08/25/1942
       
Death:  02/06/1945, Luzon
        Parents:  Steenwyk, Mr. and Mrs. N.B.

       
Church:  Hudsonville, MI; Hudsonville, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jun 1946 p. 14

Steenwyk, Henry - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  03/10/1916.  Entered service:  07/09/1943
       
Death:  03/20/1945, Germany; place of burial:  Belgium
       
Spouse:  Brower, Ethel
        Parents:  Steenwyk, Mr. and Mrs. N.B.

       
Home:  Hudsonville, MI; Church:  Hudsonville, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jun 1946 p. 14

Stehouwer, Donald A. - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  11/11/1948.  Entered service:  07/05/1968
       
Death:  11/26/1968, Fort Belvoir, VA; place of burial:  Grand Rapids, MI
       
Spouse:  Kunz, Ruth
        Parents:  Stehouwer, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian

       
Home:  Grandville, MI; Church:  West Leonard, Grand Rapids, MI Christian
        Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Feb 1969, p. 26

Sterken, Gerald John - Pfc United States Army
       
Entered service:  10/1941
        Death:  after 4/12/1942; Japanese prison camp, Philippines

        Church:  Delavan, WI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  May 1945, p. 18

Stob, Benjamin - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  01/27/1923.  Entered service:  10/03/1943
       
Death:  06/03/1944, Italy; place of burial:  Italy
       
Parents:  Stob, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob
       
Church:  Second Cicero, IL Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Sep 1944, p. 13

Stuit, Tony - Pfc United States Air Force
       
Birth:  09/30/1923.  Entered service:  01/1943
       
Death:  05/14/1945, Nacogdoches, TX; place of burial:  Nacogdoches, TX
       
Parents:  Stuit, Mr. and Mrs. J.
       
Church:  Modesto, CA Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jul 1945, p. 15

Stulp, Koert - Pfc United States Army
       
Birth:  12/25/1917.  Entered service:  10/20/1941
       
Death:  09/11/1944, France
        Parents:  Stulp, Mr. and Mrs.  John

       
Home:  Chicago, IL; Church:  First Chicago, IL Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Dec 1944, p. 20

Swaving, Elmer - S/Sgt United States Army
       
Birth:  08/30/1920.  Entered service:  08/20/1942
       
Death:  06/21/1943, near Salinas, CA; place of burial:  Worthington, MN
       
Parents:  Swaving, Mr. and Mrs. Peter
       
Home:  Worthington, MN; Church:  Worthington, MN Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Sep 1944, p. 12

Talsma, Merton - Pvt United States Army
       
Death:  02/02/1945, Burma
        Parents:  Talsma, Mr. and Mrs. John

       
Church:  Arlene, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jun 1946 p. 15

Tanis, Malvin J. - Cpl United States Army
       
Birth:  02/19/1916.  Entered service:  07/10/1942
       
Death:  12/28/1944, Belgium; place of burial:  East Dispatch Cemetery, Cawker City,
       
KS
       
Spouse:  Tanis, Charlotte
        Parents:  Tanis, Mr. and Mrs. Martin

       
Church:  Dispatch, KS Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Mar 1945, p. 18

Ten Kate, Ronald J. - ADJ 3rd United States Navy
       
Birth:  11/24/1942.  Entered service:  03/16/1961
       
Death:  01/10/1964, Jacksonville, FL; place of burial:  Ridgewood, NJ
       
Parents:  Ten Kate, Mr. and Mrs. James
       
Home:  Wykoff, NJ; Church:  Irving Park, Midland Park, NJ Christian
        Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  May 1964, p. 20

Ter Haar, Anthony Jay - Sgt United States Air Force
       
Birth:  01/04/1920.  Entered service:  10/07/1942
       
Death:  06/21/1944, Germany
        Parents:  Ter Haar, Mr. and Mrs. Arie

       
Home:  Holland, MI; Church:  Maple Avenue, Holland, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jan 1945, p. 21

Terpstra, Marvin - Pfc United States Army
       
Birth:  08/28/1920.  Entered service:  10/31/1942
       
Death:  08/07/1944, France
        Spouse:  Ding, Juella S.E. - children:  Jerry Lee
        Parents:  Terpstra, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian

       
Home:  Hamilton, MI; Church:  Niekerk, Holland, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jan 1945, p. 21

Teunis, William - S/Sgt United States Army
       
Birth:  09/11.  Entered service:  02/11/1943
       
Death:  05/24/1944, Austria
        Parents:  Teunis, Anna and William

       
Home:  Spring Lake, MI; Church:  Spring Lake, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Dec 1944, p. 19

Tiddens, Harold P. - 1st Lt United States Air Force
       
Death:  07/07/1945, Japan
        Spouse:  Ondersma, Ann
        Church:  East Paris, Grand Rapids, MI Christian Reformed Church

       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Oct 1945, p. 17

Tien, Kenneth Raymond - TM 3/c United States Army
       
Entered service:  11/20/1942
       
Death:  11/1944
        Spouse:  Van Dyke, Martha
        Church:  Graafschap, MI Christian Reformed Church

       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Mar 1946, p. 16

Tiesenga, Andrew L. - Pvt United States Army
       
Birth:  01/03/1926.  Entered service:  03/27/1944
       
Death:  04/20/1945, Germany; place of burial:  St. Arnold, France
        Parents:  Tiesenga, Mr. and Mrs. Fred

       
Church:  Cutlerville, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Jul 1945, p. 14

Timmer, Gerrit W. - Pfc United States Army
       
Birth:  02/05/1922.  Entered service:  12/07/1942
       
Death:  11/27/1944, France; place of burial:  France
       
Spouse:  Timmer, Mrs. G.
        Parents:  Timmer, Mrs. G.

       
Home:  Zeeland, MI; Church:  Zutphen, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  Apr 1945, p. 18

Tjapkes, Donald G. - Pvt United States Marine Corps
       
Birth:  06/29/1925.  Entered service:  04/28/1944
       
Death:  02/28/1945, Iwo Jima; place of burial:  Iwo Jima
       
Parents:  Tjapkes, Mr. and Mrs. Peter
       
Home:  Muskegon, MI; Church:  First Muskegon, MI Christian Reformed Church
       
Obituary in Young Calvinist:  May 1945, p. 17

Ufkes, John - Pfc United States Army
       
Death:  World War II
        Home:  Ripon, CA
        Listed in Young Calvinist: May 1945, p. 2

More surnames:           A-D, E-K, L-R, S-U and V-Y.