November 7, 2008
10:30 A.M. Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Third Reformed Church
After Noon, Monday, November 10, 2008
at the Garden Chapel Funeral Home
with family present 5:00-7:00 P.M.
In Lieu of Flowers
Memorials May Be Given To:
Third Reformed Church
Pella Regional Health Center - Long Term Care
9:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 11, 2008
July 6, 1923 - November 7, 2008
Elmer John Van Waardhuizen was the second of five children born to Arie W. and Mae (Kool) Van Waardhuizen. He was born July 6, 1923, in Summitt Township near Cordova, Iowa. Elmer received his early education at Fair Oaks County School and earned his GED in 1974. On December 28, 1948, he was inducted into the United States Army at Fort Riley, Kansas. He served in the 17th Field Artillery Battalion, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. One year later he transferred to Active Army Reserves and honorably retired as a Sergeant First Class on July 6, 1983. Elmer worked as a mechanic for VerPloeg Implement, Allis Chalmer, White Way Auto Garage, and the last twenty-eight years of his working career he was employed as Director of Transportation for Pella Community Schools. He also repaired and sold lawn mowers.
On April 17, 1953, he was united in marriage with Patricia Ann Rietveld at the Second Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Craig, Kathleen, and Valerie. Elmer and Patricia made their home of nearly fifty-five years in Pella, Iowa. Patricia preceded him in death on April 8, 2008.
Elmer was a member of Third Reformed Church where he enjoyed the Men's Brotherhood. He was also an active member of the Noon Kiwanis Club, working on the ship and making pofferjies. He also worked several years for the Pella Historical Society building floats for Tulip Time. He was a Hospice Volunteer, and he also gave many hours, helping others in need.
His hobbies included collecting toy tractors and wood working. He built several small barns for his grandchildren. He enjoyed music, gardening, playing cards, and camping with the Wooden Shoes Good Sams Club. His all time favorite thing was baking and cooking, which he always shared with others. He was best known for his peanut brittle.
Today we celebrate his going home to be with Jesus and taking his seat at the banquet table.
Those left to honor him are:
Craig and Carol Van Waardhuizen - Ames, Iowa
Laura and Sean Kearney
Noah, Madilyn & Tyler TS-Kearney
Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Kathy and Randy Boot - Pella, Iowa
Jenny and Tim Lunkley
Valerie and Marvin Terlouw - Sully, Iowa
Benjamin and Kendra Terlouw
Christopher and Angela Terlouw
Elmer leaves one sister-in-law Janet (Jr) Van Waardhuizen, one sister Ruth (Melvin) Dykstra and one brother Ervin (Carolyn) Van Waardhuizen. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Arie Jr. and his sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Ralph Swank.