April 16, 1936 – August 27, 2016
Frank Hoekstra, of Lynden, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80. Frank was born in Artesia, CA on April 16, 1936 to Metske and Florence Hoekstra. He attended Lynden Christian Schools and Edison Technical School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he came back home to Lynden and chose a career in sheet metal construction. Frank was a proud member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 66. He especially enjoyed working on the Alaskan Pipeline and brought many stories home to share.
Frank was known for his storytelling, from his childhood when he was called on to “tell the kids a story” and throughout his life as he shared his experiences and travels in his career. Frank married Glenda Boertien in 1959 and together they remodeled many homes. He built their beautiful Primrose Lane cabin at Birch Bay for Glenda. They celebrated 57 years of marriage in July.
Frank is survived by his wife Glenda; son Edwin Hoekstra; daughter Cindy Hoekstra and grandson Jackson Totaro; brothers and sisters Julia (Durwyn) Plagerman, Hank (Marge) Hoekstra, Gert (Ray) Tjoelker, Evelyn (Stan) VanderVeen and Dennis (Pat) oekstra; brothers-in-law Harmon Boertien and Bob (Kris) Boertien; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Frank is preceded in death by his brother Melvin Hoekstra.
There will be no services held as requested by Frank. You are invited to share your condolences and memories in the online guestbook at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lynden.