Andrew Boersma 1934-2019

Andrew Theodore “Paka” Boersma went to be with his Lord Thursday, March 14, 2019, from his home in Clovis, New Mexico at the age of 84 years, 11 months and eight days.

He was born April 6, 1934 in Artesia, Calif., to Ted and Katharina (Bouwman) Boersma.

Andy graduated from Excelsior Union High School in 1952 and married his high school sweetheart, Grace Idema, on June 30, 1953. Together, they had five children: a daughter, Pam; a son, Ted; and three more daughters, Karol, Ilene and Michelle.

Andy was a milker in California, then became a carpet layer. In Oregon, he and his brother-in-law, Tony Blok, owned and operated Wooden Shoe Carpet and Draperies. At age 50, Andy, along with his son, Ted, followed their dream of dairy farming. Andy loved the dairy industry and was able to enjoy a long and fulfilling career in New Mexico and Kansas alongside Ted.

Other things that Andy enjoyed in life were basketball, in his younger years; woodworking, in which he made many furniture items for the office and home; and studying and sharing God’s word. He especially loved all his family. The most cherished gift of all is the spiritual legacy he instilled in his family.

Andy is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Grace; daughters, Pam Chinikidiadi and her husband Paul of Clovis, N.M., Karol Bell and her husband Brian of Holton, Ilene Vernon and her husband Steve of Clovis, N.M., and Michelle Brittain and her husband David of Rio Rancho, N.M.; son, Ted Boersma and his wife Nancy of Cimarron; sisters, Jeanette VanDyk of Ontario, Calif., Lena Bekendam of Windthorst, Texas, Thelma Blok of Redwood, Ore., and Cris Murphy of Gilbert, Ariz.; brother, John Boersma of Redwood, Ore.; 33 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Church services were held Monday morning at Central Baptist Church in Clovis, N.M. Burial was held in Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis.

The family suggests memorials be sent to your favorite mission organization. Online condolences may be made at


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