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Obituary: Robert E. Hoeksema

October 5, 1946 – December 2, 2022

Information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Robert E. HoeksemaRobert E. Hoeksema, age 76, of St. John, IN, went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 2, 2022. Rob is survived by his wife, Nancy Laning Hoeksema, nee Folkert; children, Carrie (Daniel) Hamstra, Courtney (Douglas) Voss, and Emily (Daniel) Diekemper. Grandfather of Isaac, Garret, Delanie, Kennedy, Gavin, Chase, and Cole. Brother of Richard Hoeksema and the late David (Joy) Hoeksema. Uncle of Kara Kasbergen, Wynette Bouma, and Kimberly Urban and the late Chris Hoeksema. Preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Mildred (nee Bock) Hoeksema.

Robert was a proud Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was a retired Coach bus driver for Royal American and Free Enterprise System. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Visitation Thursday, December 8, 2022, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN. Funeral Service, Friday, December 9, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Harv Roosma officiating. Burial will be Monday, December 12, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery – Elwood, IL. Memorial contributions may be given to The ALS Association, Illiana Christian High School, or Crown Point Christian School. For further information, please contact 219-322-7300 or visit our online guestbook at

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