Klaas "Nick" Halma, Walworth, WI (1928-2014)
August 19, 1928 - February 16, 2014
Klaas "Nick" Halma, age 85, passed away peacefully at Mercy Medical Center on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, surrounded by his family. Nick was born Aug. 19, 1928, in Berlikum Friesland, Netherlands. He was the loving son of Harry and Tina Halma. In 1947, Nick married Janie Stok in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and together with his family, they immigrated to the United States in 1948, following World War II. The Halma family was sponsored by Frederick G. Smith of Freeport, IL. Nick and his family began their life farming in the U.S. In 1965, Nick bought his farm in Fontana, WI, and continued to live in the area until his death. Nick began driving truck for Dean Foods in 1972, and enjoyed his time on the road until his retirement. Greeting all he met with a kiss and a hug, Nick made everyone smile. He enjoyed attending local sporting events, community activities, and his greeting duties at Linn Presbyterian Church. His optimism and family-first mentality is the footprint he’ll leave behind for all who knew him.
Survivors include his cherished wife of 67 years, Janie of Walworth; and four sons: Harry (Kathy) of Fontana, Nick (Jeanne) of St. Petersburg, FL, Jeff (Janet) of Palm Harbor, FL, and Craig (Martha) of Walworth; along with his grandchildren: Adam, Sami, Kevan, Chase, Matthew, Cale, Nicholas, Elisa, Kirsten and Craig Alex; and a great-grandson, Jack Stok. He is also survived by his brother, Dirk (Marsha) of Weaverville, NC; and two sisters, Tjet (David) Knapp of Mills River, NC, and Jann (George) Danielle of Crystal Lake, IL; along with many nieces and nephews. Nick was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Minno, Martin and Raymond.
Visitation will take place at TOYNTON’S FUNERAL HOME, 328 Kenosha Street, Walworth, WI, from 4 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19th. Services will be held at LINN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, W3335 Willow Road, Lake Geneva, WI, 53147, at 12 Noon on Thursday, Feb. 20th. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Nick’s name may be made to Linn Presbyterian Church.