Wayne Van Wyhe
Wayne Van Wyhe Sr., 88, Hills, died Sunday, May 1, 2022, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Steen Reformed Church in Steen. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Hills United Reformed Church in Hills. Burial will follow at the Hills Christian Reformed Cemetery.
Wayne Van Wyhe was born on July 7, 1933, to Lambert and Annie (Van Muyden) Van Wyhe, along with his twin brother Duane, near Ireton, Iowa. He grew up on the farm and attended country school through the eighth grade.
Wayne married Jennie DeRoon on Feb. 19, 1954, in Rock Valley, Iowa. Wayne was drafted into the Army in 1955 along with twin brother Duane. They were deployed to Korea as processing clerks during peace time from October 1955 to February 1957. During that time son Wayne Allen was born.
When Wayne returned, he and Jennie began farming near Lebanon, Iowa. They were blessed with seven more children. In December 1967 they moved to a farm near Hills.
In 1992 they retired from farming and started Dutchland Frozen Foods with Pete and Susan. They moved to Lester, Iowa, in 1994 and returned to Hills in March of 2009.
Jennie died on Nov. 17, 2010. Wayne continued to live at the Tuff Village in Hills.
Wayne married Hendrene Veldkamp on Jan. 26, 2013, in Hills.
He moved to the Tuff Home in Hills in January 2019, where he resided until his death.
Wayne’s faith was very important to him. He was a member of the Hills United Reformed Church. He was actively involved in the church along with the Hills Christian School.
He loved farming and worked very hard to provide for his family. In his free time he enjoyed watching his children play fast pitch softball. He also loved playing games, making Yum Yum popcorn, singing hymns, fishing, and going to his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
He is survived by his wife, Hendrene, of Edgerton; eight children, Wayne (Norma) Van Wyhe of Lester, Pete (Susan) Van Wyhe of Lester, Leroy (Shelley) Van Wyhe of Hills, Shirley (Kevin) Wall of Parker, Colorado, Howard (Heidi) Van Wyhe of Hills, Harlan (Christy) Van Wyhe of Prescott, Arizona, Greg (Michelle) Van Wyhe of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Linda (Dean) Meyer of Rock Rapids; 28 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Kathy Van Wyhe, Helen Van Wyhe, and Darlene Van Wyhe; and Hendrene’s children and their families.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jennie; brothers Gordon, Duane, and Marlin; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret (Dick) Vande Griend, Gert (Ordean Webert) (Ray) Obermoller, Dorothy (Peter) Vande Griend, Alice (Bill) Moerman, and Esther (Dick) Vande Hoef; and Hendrene’s son, Rob Veldkamp.
Arrangements were provided by Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.