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Harry passed away on September 22, 2017 after suffering a massive stroke at the Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility in Stockton, Missouri. Harry was born in Ottumwa, Iowa to Harry D. Beintema and Leona A. Beintema. He is preceded in his death by his father, mother and sister Darlene R. Jenkins. Harry attended Ottumwa High School and graduated in June of 1952 and immediately joined the U.S. Air Force that month. He served in the Air Force for 4 years and was a Korean War Veteran deployed to South Korea. Upon returning to his home town Harry took and moved his family in 1957 to Lodi, California and lived with relatives while working at General Mills in Lodi. In 1958 he was hired by the City of Stockton as a firefighter where he served until his retirement in December of 1987. During his 29 years of service he served as firefighter, engineer and spent the last years as the Assistant Director of Training. He loved his job and never forgot how much he enjoyed his entire career. After his retirement he continued to live in Pioneer, California until May of 1993 when his wife and him decided to move back east and purchased a home outside of Stockton, Missouri where he resided until his death. Harry loved the outdoors and enjoyed years of fishing and hunting especially the many trips he had with his fellow workers doing these sports. His fondest memories were the annual trip he took to Pyramid Lake, Nevada with friends and his family. He spent years hunting at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve with his faithful dog Alice often times just going up and sitting in the hills. Harry is survived by his wife of 48 years Georgeanne, his son Randy(Stacy) Beintema, Daughters Cindy(Kim) Metzger, Charlene Ann Beintema and Step-Daughter Melody(Kurt) Barrett. He also leaves 9 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and nieces Kathy and Toni. At his request there will be no services and his burial will be at the VA Cemetery of a choosing by his son at his request. For those that would choose to make donations the family would ask that they be made to the Stockton Firefighters Relief Association, P.O. Box 69-2201, Stockton, Ca. 95269 or to the Alzheimer Society who was of such great help to his family. Harry will be missed greatly by his family and at his passing knew that he was loved and that the fight was over.
Published on October 3, 2017
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