David P. De Jong, 93, of Wooster went to be with his Lord on Friday, September 24, 2021 at his home.
He was born May 20, 1928 in Oskaloosa, Iowa the son of Pieter and Alice Langstraat De Jong. He was united in marriage to Esther Sylvia Hunter at the First Baptist Church in Anoka, MN where they maintained their membership for most of their life. She preceded him in death on June 11, 2000 after 48 years of marriage.
On December 9, 2000 David married Sylvia Ellen Beegle Miatke, who survives.
David trusted Christ as his Saviour on June 14, 1942 at Berean Baptist Church in Knoxville, Iowa. Shortly after his baptism he began teaching Sunday School and DVBS. He pastored Valley Methodist Church and Coal Ridge Baptist Church, simultaneously as a teenager while learning construction trades from his father. David graduated in 1953 from Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Missions. While at Northwestern he accepted the call from God to serve as a missionary in South Africa with the Africa Evangelical Fellowship. David and Esther spent most of their lives in missions. Seventeen of those years were spent in South Africa. Shortly after returning to the United States he founded Helps International Ministries and was the president until his retirement. In the year 2000 when David married Sylvia he moved to Wooster, Ohio. David and Sylvia continued in missionary work in the United States and in Africa. David served on the boards of the Russian Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Union, Source of Light Ministries, International Ministries, and The Association of North American Missions. After David learned his construction skills and Bible skills, he used them in ministry the rest of his life, knowing that by doing so, he was sending eternal materials to heaven so God could build his eternal home.
David is survived by his wife Sylvia. His children: Paul (Sandy) De Jong, Timothy (Lorie) De Jong, James (Kyleen) De Jong and Mark (Ruth) De Jong. Step Children: Rhonda (Bruce) Arney, Ray (Asha) Miatke and Rex (Kim) Miatke. Grandchildren: Daniel (Heather) De Jong, Heather (Patrick) Lawrence, Nathan (Joyce) De Jong, Heidi (Nathan) Gabler, Brian (Stefanie) De Jong, Sheila (Brian) Weller, Philip (Kami) De Jong, Njema De Jong, Rehema De Jong, Ngina De Jong, Amber (Jesse) Jacobs, Veronica (Mike) Reichman. Step grandchildren: Shawn Siciliano, Desiree (Chris) Remick, Lela Miatke, Iris Rain Miatke, Baxter (Devon) Miatke, Daicey Miatke, and Madison Miatke. 23 great grandchildren. Siblings: Marvin (Gwen) De Jong and Naomi (Dennis) Nelson.
David was preceded in death by his wife Esther, his son Daniel Lee, his parents, a granddaughter; Sarah Lynn De Jong and siblings; Stephen De Jong, Donald De Jong and Esther Gadbois.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 9th, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 7605 Pleasant Home Rd. Sterling, Ohio 44276 with Pastor Steve Olsen officiating. Burial will be at Moreland Cemetery. There will be no calling hours due to Covid.
Arrangements are under the direction of McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home 216 E. Larwill St. Wooster, Ohio 44691.
Online Condolences may be posted at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
Saturday, October 9th, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 7605 Pleasant Home Rd. Sterling, Ohio 44276 with Pastor Steve Olsen officiating.
CORRECTION – There will be no calling hours due to Covid.