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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 23, 1999

 

OBITUARY - VERNER MERLE VAN VALKENBURG

Verner Van VALKENBURG, age 63, of Creston, Iowa, formerly of the Redding, Iowa area, died Wednesday, December 15, 1999 in Creston.

Verner Merle Van VALKENBURG was born February 22, 1936 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the son of Walter Earl Van VALKENBURG and Ferne Jessica (BOWER) Van VALKENBURG. He grew up attending school in Fort Dodge, graduating in 1953. Vern served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to December of 1957. On May 28, 1957 he was united in marriage to Mary "Rita" BLAKE of St. Paul, Minnesota in New Hampton, Iowa. To this union four children were born.

Vern had been a professional film projectionist all of his working life. He and Rita had lived in various locations around the country, living in southern California for 20 years, before moving to New Zealand for a time and later returning to the United States, settling in Iowa.

Vern had a wide variety of interests and hobbies. Music was a big part of his life. He sang bass in a barber shop quartet in both Centerville, Iowa and San Diego, California. He spent many hours working with model trains and railroading and he was an avid amateur photographer. But most of all, Vern enjoyed his time spent as a ham radio operator. He was licensed in 1956 and had talked to every country in the world except one. He had achieved the distinction of being an extra class radio operator with call signs WVV. Vern was a member of the Como Park Masonic Lodge No. 324 A.F. & A.M., and the Film Projection Union I.A.T.S.E.

He is survived by his wife Rita of Creston; a daughter Ferne LANE and husband Larry of Mount Ayr, Iowa; three sons, Walter Van VALKENBURG and wife Carolyn of Lenox, Iowa, Jesse Van VALKENBURG and wife Paula of Mount Ayr and James Van VALKENBURG of Creston; and 11 grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his maternal grandparents, Verner and Annette BOWER of the Redding area and his parents, Walter and Ferne Van VALKENBURG.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date. The Ritchie Funeral Home of Creston is in charge of arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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