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Saying goodbye to a long time Allis Collector, former director, Hall of Fame recipient, and friend to The Allis Connection.
Howard Lee Duinink
Howard Lee Duinink was born near Reasnor, Iowa on April 7, 1935, the 3rd child of Leonard and Henrietta Beyer Duinink. He graduated from the 8th grade at Rosehill country school, Galesburg, Iowa in 1949. He began working as a farm hand for his neighbor, Francis Van Zante. Howard later was employed by Andeweg Transfer Co., Pella Produce Co., Farmers Coop Oil Station. Howard married Marilyn Ruth Vos on September 23, 1954, at the Third Reformed Church in Pella. In 1958, after six months active duty in the Army Reserve, Howard began working for Ulrich Motor Co. He became part owner and worked in parts, sales, and service, retiring in 1997. After retiring he was employed part time at Stravers Hardware. Howard was a Summit Township trustee for 26 years and served on the Marion County Extension Council. Howard and Marilyn were blessed with two children: Clint and Cindy. They lived in Pella for 15 years and moved to rural Otley in 1971 where Howard enjoyed his hobbies farming 40 acres and restoring antique tractors and equipment. Howard was baptized and made profession of his faith in the Third Reformed Church where he was a life long member. Howard was a bereavement volunteer with Hospice of Pella for several years. He was a member of the Southern Iowa Mustang Club, Red Rock Threshers Club, Flying Dutchman Go-Karting team and the Allis Connection Antique Tractor Club. In their retirement years, Howard and Marilyn enjoying going on several winter mini vacations to Arizona, Texas, Florida, Washington D.C., the Carolinas, and Missouri with friends Perry and Carolyn Klein. Howard passed away at Pella Hospice Comfort House at the age of 82. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Marilyn their two children, one grandchild, two great grandchildren, five step grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren. They and their families are: Clint and Liz Duinink of Otley, Staci Duinink and Jerome Watson of Newton, Kassandra and Kaylie Duinink, Matthew and Madison Cossel of Newton, Shayla and Joe Rietveld of Otley, Hayden and Owen Richtveld, Aaron Acosta and Grace Hove of Columbia, Missouri, and Cindy Duncan of Otley. Of his original family, Howard leaves one sister Dora Van Wyk of Oskaloosa, three brothers, and their spouses: Glen (Patty) Duinink of Monroe, Carl (Connie) of Pella, and Earl (Dixie) Duinink of Pella. Also a sister-in-law, Johanna Vos of Pella, five nieces and five nephews. Preceding him in death were a brother and sister in infancy, his parents, and two brother-in-laws, Bernard Van Wyk and Murray Vos. A visitiation with the family present will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday August 19, 2017, at the Third Reformed Church in Pella. Followed by a Celebration of Life Service. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Comfort House in Pella.