Sheldon, IA: Gerald “Jerry” Leroy Van’t Hul, 84, of Sheldon, Iowa, formerly of Inwood, Iowa, died Thursday, July 16, 2020 at his home. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 21, at 10:30 AM at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church of Sheldon with Rev. Kevin Muyskens officiating. The service can be livestreamed at https://immanuelchurch.churchonline.org. Prior to the memorial service, burial with military rites will be held at 9:00 AM at Richland Cemetery of Inwood.
Public viewing will be held Monday, July 20, at Porter Funeral Home of Inwood from 1:00-4:00 PM. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Monday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM at Immanuel CRC in Sheldon.
Social distancing is encouraged at all services. Porter Funeral Home has been entrusted with assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Gerald Leroy Van’t Hul, son of John and Clara (Bakker) Van’t Hul, was born July 18, 1935 at Doon, Iowa. Jerry was united in marriage with Myrt TeGrotenhuis in December 1953. The following year, 1954, Jerry was inducted into the United States Army. He proudly served his country from 1954-1956. He was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Jerry served an additional 6 years in the Army Reserves.
Jerry loved all things cars. He loved working on them, driving them, looking at them, and he especially enjoyed selling cars and being able to interact with the customers. With his love of cars, Jerry owned and operated Van’t Hul Garage & Auto Sales from 1960-2015. Even after retiring he still worked with cars by driving for the Ron Drenkow dealership in Sheldon.
Family was always important to Jerry and he always enjoyed taking trips and spending time with them. Jerry was blessed to have 28 years with Myrt before she died in July 1982. Jerry did find love again and in April 1983 He was united in marriage with Linda Hengeveld-Vreeman. Together the couple was blessed with 37 years of marriage. In addition to family, Jerry also enjoyed having coffee at McDonalds with the guys and being a house sitter with Linda at the Sheldon Christian Retirement Home. Jerry was a member of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon. Jerry was loved by those that knew him and he will be deeply missed.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Linda; 3 children, Karen (Verlyn) Van Voorst, Ken (Sylvia) Van’t Hul, both of Inwood, and Mary (Tim) Niemeyer of Alvord; Linda’s 3 children, Susan Zylstra of Sioux Falls, Dave (Yvette) Vreeman of Centennial, Colorado, and Kristy (Mike) Burns of Colton, South Dakota; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Clarence Van’t Hul; and special friends, Norm and Bess Bolkema.
Preceding Jerry in death was his parents, John and Clara; wife, Myrt; infant son, Michael; 1 brother; and 4 sisters.
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