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Marion Howard Posthumus, the son of Gerrit and Bena (Holtrop) Posthumus, was born on May 1, 1932, in Sanborn, Iowa. He received his early education attending schools in Sanborn and Sheldon, graduating from Sheldon High School in 1949. After graduation he entered into the military on May 16, 1951, serving in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman Recruit. He was honorably discharged on June 19, 1951.
On August 9, 1951, Marion married Joyce Elaine Jasper at the First Reformed Church in Hospers, IA. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Sioux City, IA. While in Sioux City, he worked for Wonder Bread, then began painting signs, and continued for Avery Brothers Sign Co. In 1961, they moved to Spencer, where he established his own sign business, Spencer Signs. Marion and Joyce’s second sign business, M&J Redwood Signs, included 28 years at the Clay County Fair and 7 summers at Adventureland Park in Altoona, IA. He retired after almost 55 years of making signs. Marion was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and a past member of the Hope Reformed Church in Spencer. He was active in both, most notably as a singer. He was a charter member of the Kiwanis Daybreakers, also serving as a President for one year. He was instrumental in raising money to build the Sunshine Center in Spencer and was a member of the American Legion – Glen Pedersen Post #1.
Marion moved to the Hillside Terrace Assisted Living in 2011. In 2012 he moved to Illinois to live with his son for two years, after which he lived at the Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home for another two years. During his last three years Marion lived at The Loft Rehab and Nursing Home in Normal, Illinois, near his daughter. He passed away there on October 20, 2019 at the age of 87.
Marion was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce, in 2009; his daughter, Lorraine Joyce Posthumus; his granddaughter, Elise Posthumus; and his sisters, Edna Posthumus and Betty Kleinhesselink.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Linda Curry (Jim Bledsoe) of Bloomington, IL; his son, Jerrie Posthumus (Tami) of Bourbonnais, IL; his grandchildren: Jessica Curry Furst, James Curry, Noah Posthumus, Naomi Posthumus Cochran, Emma Posthumus, and Jonah Posthumus; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
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