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Rock Valley, IA: John G. Mouw, 67, of Rock Valley, IA, died Friday, March 2, 2018 at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 7, at 10:30 AM at Trinity Christian Reformed Church of Rock Valley with Pastor Dan De Groot and Pastor Stanley Groothof officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Tuesday, March 6, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Trinity CRC. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).
John Gregory Mouw, son of Joe and Hilda (Kroese) Mouw, was born February 10, 1951 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was raised on a farm by Beaver Creek, Minnesota until he was six and then moved to Hull, Iowa. He attended Hull Christian Grade School, Western Christian High School, and one year at Dordt College. He served in the United States Army and was deployed to Vietnam from August 1971 to August 1972. After returning John attended Northwest Iowa Community College for Power Lineman, while working for Mesman Construction.
On March 15, 1974 John married the love of his life, Valerie Sandbulte, at Carmel, Iowa. They moved to Pipestone, Minnesota, where John worked for SW Minn Coop Electric until August 1979. The couple then moved to Rock Valley to work for IPS, which is now Mid American Energy. John retired in August 2006 because of his disability. As his Alzheimer’s progressed, he was moved to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in George, Iowa in June 2012. In October 2012, John moved to Whispering Heights in Rock Valley where he lived out the rest of his days. John was a member of Trinity Christian Reformed Church, where he served as a deacon. He also served as a school board member for Rock Valley Christian.
John enjoyed playing cards, bowling, fast-pitch softball, raising and showing fancy pigeons, and family vacations at Leaf Lake. His devotion and commitment to God and family will remain a cherished part of his legacy.
Blessed for having shared in his life are his wife of 43 years, Valerie; six sons, Christopher (Tasha) Mouw and their children, Collin, Abigail, Kade and Chase, of George, IA; Matthew (Kristy) Mouw and their children, Kelsey and Micah, of Sioux Falls, SD; Benjamin Mouw and his children, Austin, Ryan, and Avery of Canton, SD; Joel (Linette) Mouw and their daughters, Shaylee and Desiree of Inwood, IA; Adam Mouw of Sioux Falls, SD; and Mark Mouw of Ames, IA; three brothers, Jim (Nancy) Mouw of Sioux Center, IA, Harlan (Kathy) Mouw of Hull, IA, and Edward Mouw of Sioux City, IA; sister, Glenda (Jim) Davelaar of Sioux Center, IA; several brothers and sisters in law, Jane and Ken De Boer, Linda Roetman, Jim and Trish Vande Zandschulp, Gary and Shelly Sandbulte, Mary Luschen, Mike and Leah De Bruin, Todd and Kim Lang, and Steve and Pat Sandbulte; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Hilda Mouw; grandchild, Alec Mouw; sister-in-law, Thea Mouw; mother and father-in-law, Vernon and Johanna Sandbulte; niece, Sarah Sandbulte; and nephew, Alexander Luschen.
Tuesday March 6, 2018 , 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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