KENNETH VAN VELDHUIZEN, age, 84, of Worthington, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at the Sanford Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington. Ken was born March 22, 1935, in Newkirk, IA, to Andrew and Betty (Van Oort) Van Veldhuizen. He graduated from Hospers High School. He served his country in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1953 to 1959. Ken married Shirley Aberson on November 11, 1960, in Orange City, IA. The couple farmed in Hospers, IA. In 1974, they moved to the farm north of Reading. They retired from farming in 1999 and moved to Worthington. While in Worthington, Ken and Shirley delivered papers for the Daily Globe. Ken also served as caretaker for the Worthington Cemetery for many years.
He was a member of the American Reformed Church in Worthington. He enjoyed farming, gardening and taking care of his lawn.
Ken is survived by his wife, Shirley Van Veldhuizen, Worthington; two daughters, Jennifer (friend, Scott DeCramer) Behrends, Worthington; and Shelley (Jerry) Gronewold, Las Vegas, NV; six grandchildren, Brittany (Dusty) Haskins, Buffalo; Natosha (friend, Brian Escalante) Gronewold, Las Vegas, NV; Haylee (friend Joshua Wrathall) Behrends, Worthington; Tyrus (friend, Sarahi Pereyra) Gronewold, Las Vegas, NV; Travis Behrends, Worthington; and Jevin Gronewold, Las Vegas, NV; six great-grandchildren, Kiara, Ashton, Kendryn, Kinley, Koralyn and Kayde; a brother, Phillip (Debbie) Van Veldhuizen, Woodinville WA; and a sister, Iona Heusinkveld, Rushmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Zachary Behrends; and a brother, William Van Veldhuizen
Memorial service will be at the American Reformed Church, in Worthington, on Friday, July 12, at 10:30 AM officiated by Pastor Tim Truesdell. A time of fellowship will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Committal of cremains will be at the Worthington Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Worthington American Legion & VFW.
Dingmann Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Worthington, is in charge of arrangements.