John Noordhoek, 76, of Desha, Ark., died April 15, 2008, in a Batesville hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was born June 4, 1931, in Sandborne, Minn., the son of Arie Noordhoek and Lena Olencamp Noordhoek. He served his country in the armed forces during the Korean War. Throughout his life he had many trades including a mechanic at John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa, carpenter, farmer, electrician, plumber welder and a heavy equipment operator for Rick Reed Construction in Batesville. He was a member of the Batesville Worldwide Church of God. Survivors include: four sons and their wives, Jerry and Linda Noordhoek of Texas, Jack and Cynthia Noordhoek of Batesville, Jim and Cindy Noordhoek of Desha and Jeff and Tamie Noordhoek of Cave City; three daughters, Janet Weber of Iowa, Judy Lebforth and husband, Bill, of Batesville and Joan Cross of Tennessee; 21 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Noordhoek and wife, Anna; a sister, Tilli Oudekerk and husband, Sam, all of Minnesota; and numerous nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his parents; an infant daughter, Shirley Noordhoek; three brothers, Arie Noordhoek Jr. and Garret and Noordhoek, both of Minnesota and Lenard Noordhoek from Iowa; two sisters, Gertie Ferguson from California and Maggie Dunford from Minnestoa. A memorial service was held April 19 at the Batesville Worldwide Church of God. Bro. Lee Campbell and sons, Jim Noordhoek and Jeff Noordhoek, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Qualls Batesville Funeral Service of Batesville.