Donald "Don" Kuyper

Donald "Don" Kuyper


June 19, 1935 - October 25, 2023


Donald “Don” Kuyper, 88, of Plankinton, SD, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at his home surrounded by family. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, October 28, at Aurora Reformed Church in Aurora Center, SD. Burial will be at Aurora Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, October 27, from 5-7:00 PM with a 6:30 PM prayer service at Aurora Reformed Church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed at:

Donald Kuyper was born on June 19, 1935, in his home in Aurora County, to Edward and Grace (Groeneweg) Kuyper. Don attended school at Pleasant Lake and Truro Country schools.

Don married his sweetheart, Donna Mae Houtkooper, on December 2, 1953, at Grace Reformed Church in Corsica, SD. Seven children came from this loving marriage of nearly 70 years: David Lee, Douglas Gene, Daniel Wayne, Carson Edward, Dwight LaVern, Dawn LeAnne, and Darcy Dean. Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Don had an unconditional love for his family and friends. He was incredibly generous with time and money. He was a member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association and loved riding motorcycle. His love for riding was passed on to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He rode until he was 88, making countless memories. He also loved spending time in the Black Hills with family.

Don had a great love of music. He sang in The Harmony Four quartet for 35 years. He was a dedicated gospel singer and sang with many other quartets/groups. He was requested by many for special music – weddings, funerals, gatherings. He enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings.

Don loved all things mechanical. He was a mechanic for many years. He had a passion for fixing and restoring all types of things. He retired from the Aurora County Highway Department after over 16 years of service at the age of 70. Don served as an Elder and Deacon at the Aurora Reformed Church for many years.

Don is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Daniel (Melanie) Kuyper of Madison, Carson Kuyper of Chancellor, Dwight (Julia) Kuyper of Hudson, Dawn (Dan) Veurink of Stickney, and Darcy Kuyper of Stickney; daughter-in-law, Nonie Kuyper of Sioux Falls; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Duane (Mary) Kuyper and Ken (Carol) Kuyper; sisters, LaVonne Blackman and Eunice Walz; and sister-in-law, Mavis Veurink.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, David and Douglas Kuyper, one great-grandson, two brothers, parents-in-law, daughter-in-law Karla Kuyper, seven brothers-in-law, and three sisters-in-law.


Friday, October 27, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Aurora Reformed Church
Aurora Center, SD


Saturday, October 28, 2023
10:00 AM
Aurora Reformed Church
Aurora Center, SD


Aurora Center Cemetery
Aurora Center, SD

Posted by Connie and Greg Bormann on October 28, 2023
Our deepest sympathy to the Kuyper family. What a wonderful Christian example he set for us. Don sang at our wedding 47 years ago which we forever will cherish.
Posted by Rosalie Spaans on October 28, 2023
My deep and heartfelt sympathy to you, Donna, and the Kuyper family. Praying for comfort for you in your loss.
Posted by Ivan Helmus on October 28, 2023
I've always had a great deal of respect for Don Kuyper as a leader in the church and the community and as a friend to my family when we lived in Aurora Center.
Posted by Juanita and David Edinger on October 27, 2023
So sorry. Don was such a gentleman. We enjoyed our visits with him. God bless you.
Posted by Charles and Donna Korus on October 27, 2023
Donna and family, So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful person. Listened to many of his musics. So talented.
Posted by Roy Sonne on October 27, 2023
So sorry for your loss sending my deepest sympathies and condolences
Posted by Nancy Minard on October 27, 2023
I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by John Larock on October 27, 2023
Peace and good memories.
Posted by Pat Vanderpol on October 27, 2023
My sympathy & prayers are with you & your family Donna
Posted by Darla Wise on October 27, 2023
We are so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life he lived.
Posted by Mike and Mavis Anderson on October 26, 2023
Our sympathy to all of the Kuyper family. Don’s musical talent will never be forgotten❣️🙏
Posted by Kim (Houtkooper) Szewczynski on October 26, 2023
I’m so sorry for your loss. Such wonderful memories to be treasured of Uncle Don. He will be missed so much!
Posted by Verna Mae Hopper on October 26, 2023
Ii will miss this gentle, mild mannered man. He was special to me and many others. I will miss coming home to South Dakota and not hearing a welcoming voice, and receiving a huge hug!
Love You Uncle Don
Posted by Pam (Titze) Moke on October 26, 2023
Sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Todd Houtkooper on October 26, 2023
Uncle Don was the best he is going to be missed.
Posted by Nancy Brink on October 26, 2023
What a "wonderful" family friend . I am so sorry.🙏❤️
Posted by Patty Kuyper on October 26, 2023
Thoughts & Prayers ..💙
Posted by Randall kuyper on October 26, 2023
Sorry for the loss great man will be missed
Posted by Donna Murtha on October 25, 2023
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Nadine Amundson on October 25, 2023
So very sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for the family.
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