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1936 James 2021

James "Jim" Loverink

June 5, 1936 — September 13, 2021

Funeral Service for James S. Loverink will be held at 10AM on Saturday (9/18) at Hollandale Reformed Church. Pastor Neil Ooms will officiate. Burial will be in the Hollandale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6PM on Friday (9/17) at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the funeral at the church on Saturday. The service will be live streamed via the Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home Facebook page. Online condolences are welcome at

Jim “Gem” Loverink, age 85 of Hollandale, went to be with Jesus on Monday, September 13, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born on June 5, 1936 to Jeppe “Jack” and Marie (Van Wilgen) Loverink in Hollandale. He attended school in Rose Creek, Albert Lea and Geneva. He helped on the family farm until he bought his Vermeer tiling machine and founded Loverink Drainage at age 17. He started tiling on his father’s farm, tiled the neighbors’ farms and never stopped until he retired in 2007. He married Genevieve Vande Kamp on August 16, 1957 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. They outgrew their little home on the outskirts of Hollandale. In 1964 they were blessed to move into a larger home to raise their family.

Jim was involved and a longtime member in the Hollandale Reformed Church. He was an avid historian and officer for the Hollandale Museum, as well as a member of the Land Improvement Contractors’ Association. Jim was involved in the Hollandale Cafe coffee ministry. He loved to fish, hunt deer, tell jokes and stories daily. He played cards, ME, Up and Down The River and Dominos. He enjoyed going “up north” to their Geneva Pond House and Red Shed where he spent hours on his John Deere tractor. He cherished the time spent with his family and friends, most of all his bride whom he said “melted my heart like butter.”

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Genevieve (Vivie), 7 children (their “one and a half dozen”) Lee (Jodi), Jayne DeJong, Joyce (Bryan) Van Gorp, Michael (Liz), Kae Birchard Loverink, Sue (Mike) Buchner and Lance (Dawn); grandchildren Kelsey, Trevor, Leah (Jordan), Bradley (Stephanie), Melanie (Christopher), Ryan, Trent, Rachel (Bailey), Jacob (Ali), John (Christine), Lynsey and Easton; great grandchildren Evelynn, Eleanor, Haddon, Knox, Ryle James, Parker and Vivie. It was Jim’s privilege to inherit 4 step-grandchildren; Jen and Ashley (Jacob), Michael, Roxy; and 10 step-great-grandchildren; Hadley, Brentley, Tennley, Quinnley, Loxley, Isley, Gavin, Case, Colt, and Isaiah; sisters Doreen (Dennis) Richards and Lori Jacobsen; sisters-in-law Joanie Loverink, Tracy Vandegrift, Eva Karsjens and Ardie Vande Kamp; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, especially John Erwert and his grandson Layden, and caregivers Brian F., Andi V., and Anna W. The family would like to extend a special thank you to S.M.A.R.T. Transit of Albert Lea for providing the services to Jim in our time of need.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Cassandra Leigh Loverink; son-in-law Randy Birchard; brothers Richard, Tennis and an infant sister; siblings-in-law Lu Loverink, Gus Jacobsen, Walt (Marie) Vande Kamp, Ada (Hip) Mennega, Lory (Neal) Harmsen, Nell (Chuck) Pauzinga, Doug Vandegrift, Susie (Merlin) Wallin, Walter Karsjens, Jim (Charlotte) Vande Kamp, Sarah (John) Ekema, Gary Vande Kamp and infant twins; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Hollandale Reformed Church, Hollandale Cemetery Association, Hollandale Christian School or Youth for Christ - The Rock.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, September 17, 2021

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Hollandale Reformed Church

101 Park Ave W, Hollandale, MN 56045

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Hollandale Cemetery

Hollandale, MN 56045

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