Rock Valley, IA: John H. Meerbeek, 73, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Friday, October 19, 2018 at his residence near Rock Valley. Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 25 at 2:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral from 1:00-2:00 PM, Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial of cremated remains will follow the memorial service at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley.
John Henry Meerbeek, son of John and Hattie (De Boer) Meerbeek, was born November 29, 1944 at a farm near Rock Valley. When John was around 1 year old, the family moved to another farm and that is where John would live the rest of his life. John worked for 17 years at Kooima Machine Works (now Total Component Solutions). He was also a crop farmer for several years.
John loved raising and caring for his wolf dogs. He liked spending time fishing and ice fishing. He would catch a lot of bluegill and perch and then enjoyed cleaning them and giving them away to friends and family. John also liked to hunt small animals such as ducks and pheasants. He owned an extensive coin and gun collection that he was proud of.
John is survived by his brother, Allen Meerbeek of Rock Valley; sister, Carolyn Van Voorst of Rock Valley; and 20 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hattie; sister Agnes Koerselman-Hinken; sister-in-law, Elvina Meerbeek; brother-in-law, Jake H. Van Voorst; and nephew, Mark William Meerbeek.