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First Christian Reformed Church
Tuesday May 21st, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Porter Funeral Home in Ireton
Wednesday May 22nd, 2019

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Kenneth Arthur Van Gelder

  Kenneth Arthur Van Gelder, 85, of Le Mars, Iowa, formerly of Ireton, Iowa, died on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Le Mars.

   Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the First Reformed Church in Ireton, Iowa with Rev. Gerald Norman officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Porter Funeral Home in Ireton. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

 Kenneth Arthur Van Gelder was born September 20, 1933 at Orange City, Iowa, the son of John and Anna (DeVries) Van Gelder.  Kenneth was the last of ten children.  He was raised in the Orange City area.  Kenneth graduated from Newkirk High School in 1950, where he played on the state qualifying basketball team.

   Kenneth served in the US Army from August 1955 to July 1957 as a medical aidman and was deployed to Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany.

   On September 26, 1958 Kenneth married Henrietta Bronkhorst in Orange City, Iowa.  Together they lived in Orange City, Hawarden, Iowa and in 1968 they moved to Ireton, Iowa. 

   Kenneth was a mason/concrete man for his whole life.  Kenneth started by working for his uncle Dick, partnering with Bud Bolluyt, and finally working as his own boss as Van Gelder Construction.  

   Kenneth was active in the First Reformed Church where he sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, served as an Elder, participated in Men’s brotherhood, and 55 Alive. 

    Kenneth was an avid gardener. He grew the best watermelon and cantaloupe.  He was a faithful fan of the Minnesota Twins and Iowa Hawkeyes. 

    In September 2013 Henrietta became a resident at Good Samaritan nursing home in Le Mars, Iowa and Kenneth joined her the following September of 2014. 

   Henrietta passed away May 2015 and Kenneth continued to live at Good Samaritan nursing home until his death. 

    Survivors include one son, Gary Van Gelder (Crystal) of Ireton, Iowa; two daughters, Laura Van Gelder of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sandra (Kenny) Barnes of Alcester, South Dakota;  grandchildren, Rie Barnes of Brookings, South Dakota and Erik Barnes, of Watertown, South Dakota, Sonjia Barnes of Beresford, South Dakota, and Carter Erickson of Hawarden, Iowa; one brother, Randall Van Gelder of Orange City, Iowa and one sister-in-law, Carol Van Gelder, Orange City, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. 

   Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Henrietta; his parents, John and Anna; three brothers, George Van Gelder and his wife Frances, Charles Van Gelder and Gary Van Gelder; five sisters, Margaret and her husband John Reinders, Jennie and her husband Marion Schalekamp, Mary Ann and her husband Marv Vlieger, Agnes Van Gelder, and Johanna Hofland; and niece, Mary Wissink. Also, Kenneth’s in-laws, Gerrit and Tillie Bronkhorst, Geurt and Willie Leeuwis, Dick and Vivian Bronkhorst, and Henry and Toni Van De Stroet; and nephew, Dennis Bronkhorst. 

    The family sincerely thanks the Good Samaritan Society Le Mars for their excellent care and kindness shown both Ken and Henrietta. 

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I remember Ken well as we were drafted in the US Army in August of 1955 together, he was a fun fellow to be with, our sympathy to his family.

Gerald Toft May 25 2019 12:00 AM

So glad I could talk Ken into coming out of retirement several years back to brick our fireplace. It is truly a work of art and we think of him often during the months we are enjoying it. He was a master mason and a great guy who will be missed by many

Curt and Lycia Anderson May 22 2019 12:00 AM

A Small Dish Garden was ordered on May 21, 2019

Expression of Sympathy May 21 2019 12:00 AM

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With our love for Uncle Ken from Don and Beth Reinders and Evan and Lois Reinders.

Expression of Sympathy May 20 2019 12:00 AM

A Deluxe Dish Garden was sent on May 20, 2019

Our sympathy and prayers go out to you. The Vliegers: Steve and Verla, Kris, Tom, Jan and Mary, Dave

Expression of Sympathy May 20 2019 12:00 AM

A Medium Basket Garden was ordered on May 20, 2019

Expression of Sympathy May 20 2019 12:00 AM

John and Henrietta Draayer truly enjoyed your Mom and Dads company and thought highly of them. Your Dad was a gifted mason but more importantly a good good person. Our sympathy-Tom and Elaine Kane

Tom and Elaine Kane May 20 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks for being a good person to my father, Paul DeJong in the nursing home. He enjoyed your company.

Rob DeJong May 20 2019 12:00 AM

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