The Family of Thomas M. Bouwman

Thomas M. Bouwman, son of John and Jacoba Bouwman was born June 22, 1917, on a farm south of Lester and north of Alvord. On April 8, 1941 he entered the armed services. He trained at Camp Clayborn, Louisiana. He was a P.O.W. for 27 months in WWII. He was captured in Africa and sent to Germany, Stalag 3-B and discharged August 19, 1945.

He married Gertie Van Dyke July 14, 1952. Tom and Gertie have 5 children, Ron Reemts, Lander, WY.; Brenda, Rock Rapids; Beverly, Sturgis, South Dakota; Thomas Jr., Rock Rapids; and Beth, Rock Rapids, Michelle, 7, Jennifer Marie, 5 and Thomas
John, 2.

Tom and Gertie lived on the same farm as his father John, 2 miles east and 3/4 mile south of Lester for 26 years. In September 1981 they retired at their home in Rock Rapids, Iowa.