Reverend William Kroon
My post high school education was received at Northwestern Junior College at Orange City, Iowa; Central College at Pella, Iowa; and Western Theological seminary at Holland, Michigan. As far as my ministry is concerned, I had 2 summer assignments: in 1947 at the North Des Moines Community Reformed Church (now Bethany Reformed Church) in Des Moines, Iowa, and in 1948 at the Community Reformed Church near Bottrel, Alberta, Canada. The churches I served since graduation from Seminary in 1949 are: the Casnovia Reformed Church of Casnovia, Michigan (1949-1951); the Bethel Reformed Church of Lester, Iowa (1951-1956); the Ramsey Reformed Church of Titonka, Iowa (1956-1961); the First Reformed Church of Aplington, Iowa (1961-1969); the First Reformed Church of Edgerton, Mn. (1969-1978); and the Immanuel Reformed Church of Belmond, Iowa (1978-19??). I have served on the Church Planning and Development Committee (formerly Church Extension Committee) in 3 different Classes (West Sioux, Minnesota, and Pleasant Prairie) for many years.
I have served the Synod of the West as vice president (1974) and as president (1975).
REFLECTION ON MY YEARS AT RAMSEY
...Moving to Ramsey was a day to remember. It was a very hot day and we and the moving truck arrived a little later than was anticipated. The first thing we did was to sit down to a good meal that had been prepared by some of the women of the church. Early that evening Bruno Bruns took me to the one of Grady Smith who was critically ill. There were tornado warnings out for the area until late into the night. Was that a foretaste of what was to come? Thankfully not.
Mission Fest at Ramsey was always a big day with good messages and music, good offerings, and good food. It was also a great day for good Christian fellowship.
And we remember the road. It was still a gravel road when we came to Ramsey. The curve in the road south of German Valley offered its share of problems. But the road was graded and blacktopped during our years at Ramsey. There were inconveniences while the work was being done, but the improvement in the end made the inconveniences worth it all.
During the 4 and half years that we spent on the Ramsey field, it was my privilege to baptize 96 children and 5 adults. 1959 was the banner year with 22 children and 2 adults being baptized. By contrast, I conducted funeral services for only 25 people of the congregation—8 in 1957 and 2 in 1958. We remember the goodly number of Sunday School students during those years. Also, the Church sanctuary was usually well-filled for the Sunday morning service. Often times chairs has to be set. That was a view to make any preacher’s heart glad.
We remember with deep gratitude how you undergirded and encouraged us when our premature baby, Diane, died and later when Linda was critically ill—first in the Buffalo Center Hospital and then in the Park Hospital in Mason City.
Moving away was also a time to remember. We moved to Aplington while Linda was still in the Park Hospital. What a tremendous help Katherine Everding was to us at that time.
It is with gratitude to God that we "call to remembrance the former days" (Hebrews 10:31)~ which we spent at Ramsey. We are glad that we could be a part of Ramsey’s first Century of service.
Rev. William Kroon