2002

The Voice: Fall 2002

The Voice

The Dordt College community mourns two members this fall


Sandra (Williamson) Heynen Sandra (Williamson) Heynen was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 30, 1945. In the fall of 1962, Sandy, as she was called by her friends and co-workers, enrolled in Dordt College. The following year, she became the editor of the student newspaper, the Diamond. Sandy loved writing. She had a gift for words and enjoyed communicating her ideas.

In the summer of 1964, Sandy married Gary Heynen. They moved to the Heynen Century Farmstead north of Sioux Center, where she and Gary raised their four children, Twila De Groot, Craig, David and Philip. Sandy spent many happy years working with her husband and raising her children, contributing to the church, school, and community, and she continued writing. Her goal was to complete her degree at Dordt College.

When her children had graduated or were completing their college degrees, Sandy decided to go back to school. In 1997, she began taking courses while she also worked part-time in the Dordt College Library. At the time of her death, Sandy was a senior.

Sandy spent nearly twenty years working in various capacities in the library. Her love for reading and learning allowed her to ably assist faculty and students. Her energy and constant smile always made students and faculty feel comfortable. Later, she became the archivist for the college library. As a student in the early 60s, she knew the history of the college and worked diligently to keep accurate records and collect memorabilia for the college archives. On her desk in the archives, Sandy kept a small framed riddle told to her by a grandson. “Where were the bees in Noah’s Ark?” Answer: “In the Archives.”

Sandy fought lung cancer for nine months. On September 10, Sandy left her earthly home, steadfast in the Lord.

Sandra was a special person in the lives of all those who knew and worked with her. She was a blessing, and the Lord used her to enrich the lives of those she touched. As library staff and college community, we are grateful for the blessing of having had Sandy be part of our lives, and we will miss her. Soli Deo Gloria! To God be the glory for the things he has done through her life.

Written by Gidge Meyer for the library staff

Daniel Cornelis Oosterman Early in the morning on May 15, 2002, Daniel Cornelis Oosterman was involved in a fatal car accident. It took place not far from the town of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Daniel was driving home from Alberta, Canada, after spending time with college friends there for a few days after the semester finished. We think that Daniel fell asleep at the wheel and veered into oncoming traffic, where he hit an oncoming truck that was pulling a camper-trailer. The driver and passenger in the truck sustained minor injuries, but Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene. The funeral was held on May 20th at the Community Christian Reformed Church in Oakdale, California.

Daniel was born in Modesto, California, to Jake and Ada Oosterman. He grew up and worked hard on the family dairy. He was a life-long member of the Community Christian Reformed Church in Oakdale, California, where he was baptized and made profession of faith. Dan participated in Sunday School, Cadets, and Youth Group. Daniel, known by his friends as Dano, attended Ripon Christian Schools through which he participated in mission trips to Guatemala during the past two summers. As a member of the soccer team at Ripon Christian, Dan was always the guy who had the most team spirit. Dan loved to read, and he had a passion to learn more about everything. After graduating in 2001, Dan came here to Dordt College as a biology major studying to become a veterinarian. Daniel is survived by his parents, Jake and Ada, and his siblings Jake, Mark, Christy, Phil, and Mary, and by many friends he made throughout his life.

Across the United States, many people got to know Dano in a personal way. They will always remember Dan for his energy and his willingness to do pretty much anything anybody asked or dared him to do. He lived life to the fullest, and we remember him for those times. Dan was a hard worker, both in school and at home, and he enjoyed being outside working with the animals he loved. On the dairy at home, in Guatemala, in high school, and at college, Dan was well known as the “tough guy” and workhorse whom you could rely on to get the job done. As classmates, roommates, and brothers and sisters in Christ, we are all grateful that we had the opportunity to get to know Dan. Someday we will all be able to join Dano in Paradise. Soli Deo Gloria!
To God Be the Glory!        

Written by Dan’s classmate, Myron Kamper.