Rock Valley, IA: Richard G. Van Otterloo, 87, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 15, at 2:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley with Rev. E.C. Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held prior to the funeral service from 12:30-2:00 PM at the funeral home.
Richard Gerard Van Otterloo, son of John and Dora (Brouwer), was born on October 17, 1929 at the family home in Rock Valley, IA. He was one of 9 siblings. He married Lyda Koedam on June 23, 1950. They made their home in Rock Valley and later moved to an acreage outside of town where they raised eight children.
He had a strong work ethic from an early age and was a steadfast provider for his parents and family. His work life started in earnest at age 12 after graduating 8th grade, he worked for Hi-way Chevrolet as an auto mechanic and then their parts/service manager for 46 years.
Rich and Lyda enjoyed travelling with their family including many trips to see his siblings in California. Alaska, Hawaii and England were among the places they toured. Rich was a history buff and enjoyed seeing the places he had read of, especially in London. Richard died Wednesday April 12, 2017, at Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley, Iowa at the age of 87.
He leaves his wife of 66 years, Lyda (Koedam) Van Otterloo; 8 children, Rhonda (Loren) Klarenbeek of Inwood, Bonnie (Bob) Davelaar of Rock Valley, Cheryl (Glenn) Lange of Rock Valley, Don (Josie) Van Otterloo of Mankato, Minnesota, Lorri (Jerry) Schlotfeldt of Rock Valley, Richard Jr. Van Otterloo of Rock Valley, Lisa (Bruce) Groeneweg of Rock Valley, John (Marlys) Van Otterloo of Le Mars; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 6 Siblings: John, Melvin, Jack, Grace, Evelyn, and Alvin.
Richard was preceded in death by His parents and brother Harold and infant sister, Grace, his granddaughters Melisse Lange and Shawn Rozeboom.