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Harlan “Shorty” Roerdink

Nov 10, 1936 - Sep 28, 2023


Harlan J. “Shorty” Roerdink
OOSTBURG – Harlan “Shorty” Roerdink, 86, went home to his heavenly Father on Thursday, September 28, 2023.
Harlan was born on November 10, 1936, in the Town of Lima, to Harry J. & Adelaide Roerdink. He attended Oostburg Christian Grade School and Oostburg Public High School. On August 10th, 1956, he married Carol M. Gabrielse at Christian Reformed Church in Sheboygan.
Harlan is survived by his wife, Carol Roerdink, of 67 years. They were blessed with six children: Sandra (Henry) Teunissen, James (Penny) Roerdink, Brenda (Lonnie) Stecker, Julie Tayloe, JoAnn (Curtis) Newman, & Eric (Kristen Otterson) Roerdink.
Harlan was a hard worker and diligent provider. Starting at 15 years old, he worked for Van’s Dairy Supplies, Harry Rauwerdink Farms, and Wykhuis Hatchery. He started at Stemerdink’s Livestock in February 1954, where he learned to be a butcher and bought and sold livestock for Stemerdink’s and for various farmers. When the business closed in 1984, he had been working there for 33 years. He then worked for various other employers: DeBlaey Excavating, Ongna Wood Products, and a financial services group. Throughout his life, he supplemented the family income with other part time jobs.
He was a devoted husband and father, teaching his children in the faith and to be workers for the Lord. He was a member of First Reformed Church, Oostburg. Harlan previously served as a deacon for Christian Reformed Church in Oostburg and served on the board of Pine Haven Christian Home for 9 years. He and Carol participated in various Bible Study groups over the years, forming deep relationships. Some of his enjoyments in life were to go coon hunting, fishing, hosting neighborhood pig roasts & fish boils, and camping & traveling with family & friends. He also enjoyed polka music, playing cards, pies, and desserts, and visiting friends.
In addition to his wife and children, he is further survived by 26 grand & step-grandchildren, 28 great & step-great grandchildren, and 12 great great & step-great great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, David (Helen) Gabrielse and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sister, Marjorie Liebelt, and nephew, Gary Liebelt.
A Funeral service to celebrate Harlan’s life will be held on Friday, October 6, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at First Reformed Church, 927 Superior Ave. Oostburg with Pastor Bob Rook officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in the Town of Wilson.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staffs of St. Nicholas Hospital, Sharon S Richardson, and Dr Bettag and staff for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is established for the Oostburg Christian School and the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund.

Church Service

Date: Friday Oct 6, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: First Reformed Church [map]


Date: Friday Oct 6, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: First Reformed Church [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Cory and Donna Ray

Eric and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You all have my deepest sympathy and prayers.

Barbara Wenig

Dear Carol and family, We were so sorry to hear of Harlan’s passing. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as your begin the journey of grieving his loss. May God give you His peace and strength during this season. Love and prayers, John and Barb

Cindy and Steve Weina

Eric we are so sorry to hear your Dad passed away. I know you’ve spent more time here lately to be with him and I’m glad for that. I wish we could see you in person and give you a big hug. We are in Europe aboard a Princess ship for another week so we regrettably will miss you and your dads funeral. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.