Doward Visser, age 98, of Willmar and formerly of Raymond, passed away Tuesday morning, April 21, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. A private graveside service will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Raymond. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date at the Rock of Life Church in Willmar. Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg. www.tricountyfuneral.com
Doward Visser was born on August 31, 1921, on the family farm in Holland Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the son of Arthur and Grace (Nype) Visser. He grew up in the Prinsburg community, received his education at District #99 school and began farming with his family. On October 23, 1942, Doward was united in marriage to Sylvia Berghuis. They lived and farmed in the Prinsburg and Raymond communities. In 1986, they retired and moved into Willmar. He was a former member and deacon at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church and current member of the Rock of Life Church in Willmar. He enjoyed camping, fishing, playing card games and spending time with his family, especially going on the 10-day family vacations and the monthly Visser family meals. He also enjoyed volunteering for various bible missions.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia of Willmar; two children, Sharon (and Wallace) Van Eps of Willmar and Leon (and Marlene) Visser of Raymond; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild “on the way”. Also surviving is one brother, William (and Margaret) Visser of Washington; four sisters, Janet Slagter, Hilda (and Virgil) Bohlson, Ruth Van Hove and Marjorie Groen, all of Willmar and one sister-in-law, Florence Visser of Raymond, besides other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Harold, Raymond, Clarence and David.