Jasper “Jay” Brouwer, 85, of Lake Suzy, Fla., and formerly of Sioux City, Iowa, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Charlotte Harbor Healthcare.
Jay was born Nov. 9, 1928, in Inwood, Iowa, to Peter and Marie (nee Schuurman) Brouwer.
He attended schools and farmed in Lyon County, Iowa, until joining the U.S. Air Force in 1950, where he met his wife Marilyn “Jill” Galbrecht. They were married Oct. 26, 1951. After an honorable discharge in 1954, he returned to Rock Rapids, Iowa, to farm, until a farming accident in 1960. Never straying far from his agricultural “roots,” he accepted a job with Quaker Oats as a feed salesman. Jay then was recruited by Nutra Flo Chemical Company of Sioux City, where he enjoyed working for many years. He later was recruited by Con Agra. Upon retirement from the feed and fertilizer business, he formed Better Life Homes, a land-development company. He was involved in many developments within Woodbury and Plymouth counties in Iowa, and built many homes in the Sioux City area.
In 1994, Jay and Jill retired to Florida. Jay was a member of First Presbyterian Churches of Sioux City and Port Charlotte, Fla., where he held various offices and positions. He donated much time to his church, and was involved in the creation of a Memorial Garden. Jay was also a member of Shriners of North America, as well as the Elks and American Legion. Jay and Jill thoroughly enjoyed dancing together, and their last dance was in November on his 85th birthday, where they were treated to a standing ovation.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jill of Lake Suzy; daughter, Jan (Dennis) Heimgartner of Hinton, Iowa; two grandchildren, Jeffrey (Jasmine) Heimgartner of Lincoln, Neb., and Melissa (Chad Guzinski) Heimgartner of Erie, Colo.; two great-grandsons, Jayden and Jonah Heimgartner; sister, Dorothy Gransow Sidles of Milford, Iowa; sister-in-law, Nettie Brouwer of Rock Rapids; two brothers-in-law, Pete Hoff of Hills, Minn., and Fred Galbrecht of Milwaukee, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Brouwer; and sisters, Pearl Hoff, Henrietta Top and Jennie deKoning.
Services are pending.
Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.