January 3, 2010
10:30 A.M., Friday, January 8, 2010
Heartland Reformed Church
11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday, January 7, 2010
at the Garden Chapel Funeral Home
5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Thursday with family present
at the Heartland Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa
Heartland Reformed Church
Hospice of Pella
Oakwood Cemetery Pella, Iowa
January 13, 1916 - January 3, 2010
Clarence William Van Steenis was born on June 13, 1916, at rural Knoxville near Flagler. He was the only child of Huber and Minnie Slot Van Steenis.
He received his eighth grade education by the age of eleven at the Flagler Country School. He then began his lifetime occupation as a farmer.
On October 20, 1938, Clarence was united in marriage to Engelyn (Angie) Van Ringelstein at the Third Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa.
They lived in the Flagler area until 1946, when they moved to a farm near Fremont for one year and then returned to the Flagler area.
In 1956 they moved to a farm north of Pella. They sold the farm which later became the site of the Christian Opportunity Center and Park View housing development. Clarence continued to farm ground near Otley, Monroe, and Knoxville until 2008. In 2000 he and Engelyn moved to a duplex at 1000 West 4th Street in Pella.
Clarence was a life-long member of the Third Reformed Church until eighteen years ago when he became a charter member of the Heartland Reformed Church in Pella.
For many years he was a seed corn dealer, first selling Funk's G Hybrids and later Moews.
Clarence and Angie took several bus tours visiting many parts of the United States and Canada. He and Angie also spent three weeks in Holland visiting relatives. His favorite spot to go was the farm.
He loved to sing and the hymns were always his favorite. Many times he chose a special one to sing as a witness of his faith at special events.
On November 13, 2008, he became a resident of the Pella Regional Health Center - Long Term Care. He passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2010, at the age of ninety-three.
Clarence is survived by his wife; four children and their spouses; thirteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Arie and Carolyn Ringelstein; and many nieces and nephews.
Wife: Engelyn Van Steenis
Marsha and Harold Jackson
Whitney and Alssya Jackson
Todd and Julie Jackson
Kaylee and Nicole Jackson
Bret and Teri Jackson
Judy and Rodney De Vries
Kevin R. De Vries
Ryan K. De Vries
Carleton and Mary Van Steenis
Melinda and Sid Blommers
Jonathan Van Steenis
David and Andrea Van Steenis
Terry and Nancy Van Steenis
Marla and Peter Bruins
Emily and Tyler Bruins
Lora and Scott Van Essen
Luke and Caleb Van Essen
Kathy Van Steenis
Sandra Van Steenis
Clint and Heather Van Steenis