Garden Chapel

Jay V. Veldhouse

April 28, 2013
Pella, Iowa

10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 4, 2013
Pella Christian High School
Pella, Iowa

Beginning at 1:00 P.M. Friday, May 3, 2013
with family present 4:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Pella Christian High School
Pella, Iowa

Pella Christian High School

Oakwood Cemetery
Pella, Iowa

In Memory Of

Jay V. Veldhouse
Pella, Iowa
(Age 84)

October 9, 1928 - April 28, 2013

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Jay Vernon Veldhouse was born on October 9, 1928, at the family farm home near Kanawha, Iowa, to Heiko H. and Grace E. Abbas Veldhouse. He attended country school his elementary years and graduated from Kanawha High School in 1945. It was a joyful time in America as World War II was winding down, ending in August.

Since Jay was only sixteen when he graduated, he stayed at home to farm for his dad instead of going to college. But the next school year he went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, taking pre-seminary courses. After a year and a half, he returned to Kanawha to farm his dad's land once again. 

On June 7, 1949, Jay was united in marriage with Audrey Rietema, his high school sweetheart. After farming three years, the academics again called him and he moved his family back to Michigan and attended Calvin where he graduated with a Mathematics Education Degree in 1954. He accepted a contract from Pella Christian High School and moved to Pella in August of 1954. Jay taught math, Latin, and history his first few years but as the school grew he was happy to leave history and Latin to the new teachers and remained teaching the math courses the rest of his tenure. He later added being the assistant principal to his teaching duties. Jay earned his Master's Degree in Education Administration from Drake University. He enjoyed summer jobs working on the construction of Red Rock Dam, building grain bins, working at Pella Corporation, and lastly teaching drivers' education.

Jay loved sports of all kinds, especially softball, baseball, and basketball; sports he had excelled in during his high school years. He coached baseball during his first year at Pella Christian. He enjoyed volleyball and golf with other faculty members. He ran the clock for many years for the basketball games. He instigated the beginning of the Student Council and remained its sponsor until his retirement in 1993. This group built a float for the Tulip Time parade every year, promoted the annual Christmas banquet and supervised other school events. 

Jay and Audrey attended almost all of their children's sporting and musical events. Later they did the same for their grandchildren, and recently for the great-grandchildren. Their four children, fifteen grandchildren, and twenty-five great-grandchildren were the joy of his life. Camping and traveling with them provided special happy memories. However, he had another family…the faculty, students, and constituency at Pella Christian High School. He loved the school and loved teaching there. When the high school burned down in January of 1964, Jay was the last to leave the building, taking time to get his briefcase out of the faculty room. For this lack of judgment, his hair below his hat was singed as he fled through the nearest door. 

Jay was a faithful member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella where he served as an elder and was a member and leader of various Bible Study groups.

Jay went to his heavenly home on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House at the age of eighty-four. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Audrey; his children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law and her husband, Donna and Tony Van Zanten; and sisters-in-law, Glea Scholten, Berta Rietema, and Ruth Veldhouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Art and Dena Rietema; his brothers: Heiko G., Dan, and Ronald Veldhouse; many in-laws; and a granddaughter-in-law, Sarah (Mulder) Ribbens.


Wife: Audrey Veldhouse – Pella, IA

Carol and Bruce Ribbens – Pella, IA
            Angie and Brad Veenstra
                        Emma, Carson
            Sarah and Mark Van Den Bosch
                        Kingston, Ardin
            Nathan Ribbens
            Ben (and the late Sarah Mulder) Ribbens

Terry and Ladene (Vanden Bos) Veldhouse – Sioux Falls, SD
            Paul and Lynn (Temple) Veldhouse
                        Titus, Reuben, Abram
            Joel and Linnelle (Rooks) Veldhouse
            Kyle and Stephanie (De Haan) Veldhouse
                        Conrad, Rem
            Caleb and Allison (te Velde) Veldhouse

Barb and Lauren Ochsner – Maurice, IA
            Ann and Robert Vandermeer
                        Celeste, Thomas, Andrew
            Lisa and Dewoinne Meeks
            Brian and Becky (Boender) Ochsner
                        Ezra, Elliot, Zachary
            Michael and Heidi (Vander Vies) Ochsner
                        Adalade, Kira, Miles
            Beth and Jeff Gutierrez

Pam and Ken Vander Linden – New Sharon, IA
            Danielle and Domenick Acquaviva
                        Sammy, Benjamin
            Zach and Carissa (Van Haaften) Vander Linden
                        Hunter, Tyson

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