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Robert Van Wyhe

Robert W. Van Wyhe, 90, of Hawarden, Iowa, died Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Hillcrest Health Care Services in Hawarden, Iowa.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS in Hawarden, Iowa with Rev. Joshua Lowe officiating. Lunch will follow the service with committal and military service, conducted by the Heeren McHalz Wilken Post 724 of Brunsville, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars, Iowa. Visitation will begin at noon Friday, with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. The family requests memorial contributions to Hospice of Siouxland or Alzheimers Research. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Robert “Rips” W. Van Wyhe, son of John and Sophie (Klave) Van Wyhe Sr., was born February 4, 1927 on the home place near Ireton, Iowa. Robert proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1951-1955 stationed in Guam on the helicopter squadron. He was united in marriage to Rose Mary Murphy on August 25, 1958 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Le Mars, Iowa. To this union, one daughter was born, Jacqueline (Jackie McManaman) Van Wyhe.

Robert’s first love was the church. He was a dedicated member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden, Iowa. He adored his wife, Rose Mary, and cherished 10 short years with her before her life was taken by colon cancer on August 26, 1968. He farmed by McNally, Iowa from 1956-1990s until his retirement.

Rips was a man of faith and conviction. He was a voracious reader, especially of the Bible. He always had a verse to discuss, an article to share, or a story to tell. He valued his friends and adored his family. His razzing was legendary, his laugh was quick, and his opinions were strong. Other passions were ballroom dancing and playing cards. He was a pleasure to watch on the dance floor. Dancing led him to very important lifetime relationships, including his marriages to Lois (Finch) Van Wyhe of 20 years and Loretta Kinch.

Rips is survived by his daughter, Jackie of Hawarden; five grandchildren, Afton (Brad) Erdmann of Ankeny, Iowa; Brittany (Brant) Goodchild of Primghar, Iowa; Ethan McManaman of Le Mars, Iowa; Bobbi Jo McManaman of Lincoln, Nebraska; Brooke McManaman of Hawarden, Iowa; five great-grandchildren, Breely and Mila Erdmann, Kaydence McManaman, and Kane and Jax Goodchild; a sister, Leona Koopmans of Ireton, Iowa; a brother, Raymond (Dorothy) Van Wyhe of Hawarden, Iowa; Rose Mary’s siblings, Leo Murphy of Surprise, Arizona, Cheryl (Jack) Bartz of Oak Brook, Illinois, Teresa “Terri” Jeffrey of Wayne, Nebraska, and Mary Frances “Fran” Redmond of South Sioux City, Nebraska; and a sister-in-law, Mary Murphy of Cherokee, Iowa.

Rips was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sophie Van Wyhe Sr.; three brothers, Lawrence (Sophie), Johnnie (Fern), and Elmer (Stella); two sisters, Hazel (Russ) Popma and Viola (Howard) Liston; a brother-in-law, Hank Koopmans; and many brothers, sisters and in-laws of Rose Mary.

Visitation with the family

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ,Friday, October 20, 2017
Porter Funeral Home ~ Hawarden
712 10th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Prayer Service

6:30 PM ,Friday, October 20, 2017
Porter Funeral Home ~ Hawarden
712 10th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Funeral Service

10:30 AM ,Saturday, October 21, 2017
Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS
1103 Central Avenue Hawarden, Iowa 51023

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So very sorry for your loss, Jackie! You and your precious family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Janna Kingma Oct 21 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for the loss of your father(Bob)(Rips) Van Whye.My thoughts & Prayers go out to Jackie and her children.My fondest memories of Bob is when he was farming by McNally,Iowa and always was friendly to everyone and had a smile on his face.He enjoyed having block or neighbor parties at his house by McNally.We were always invited as we were your neighbors to the south of McNally.I remember Bob & all the neighbors playing cards at the kitchen table and all were having a good conversation going on.The children were playing in the other rooms.Thanks for the good memories of McNally,Iowa & Bob.May God be with you.

Cindy & Casey Havelaar Oct 19 2017 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you, Jackie, and to your family. We are Hazel's kids your cousins Shirley, Darlene, Tubby, Carol, Jerry and Tom. Our mom, Hazel was Rips' oldest sister.

All six of us have very special fond memories of Rips. He was part of our family as we grew up.

He was happiest when he was married to your mother, Jackie. Our Mom, Hazel, said he never got over the loss of Rose Mary.

He was a very proud man as we all know. We also know that he was especially proud of his daughter, his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Some people called him Robert. And some even called him "Bob". But to us he was always "Rips."

Shirley Kallsen Oct 19 2017 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to Jackie and all of Bob's family. Always friendly and fun-loving, he will be missed.
God Bless.

Rick and Carol Salberg Oct 19 2017 12:00 AM

Oh how saddened we are to learn of the passing of "Rips" Van Wyhe.

Growing up on a farm just 2-3 miles west of McNally, I remember Rips oh so well, not only from my Trinity Lutheran days, school bus days with Jackie, but one always hoped that whenever you'd go to McNally...(and back then, we did that a lot......) it would have been a more pleasurable outing, if you had run into Rips Van Wyhe along the way somewhere.

His laughter, smile, kidding around and he always, always spoke to you. Nothing "up-itty or snooty" ever about Rips Van Wyhe.

Rest in peace my good friend and thank you for all the McNally memories.

Rodd & Gwen Holtkamp,
Primghar, Iowa

rodd and gwen holtkamp Oct 18 2017 12:00 AM