IN MEMORY OF
CHRIS A. VAN BEEK
April 6, 1920 ~ Sheldon, Iowa
December 29, 2009 ~ Primghar, Iowa
11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 2, 2010
American Reformed Church; Primghar, Iowa
Rev. Dennis Hietbrink ~ officiating
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday, with the family present 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the American Reformed Church in Primghar.
“Lamb Of God”
Sung by: Jill Estes
“When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“Standing On The Promises”
Organist: Linda Walvoord
Mark Van Beek Marcia Estes Kris Van Beek
Kevin Van Beek Adam Van Beek Chad Van Beek
Paul Van Beek Tim Van Beek Richard Van Beek Jr.
Matt Van Beek Ryan Van Beek Chris Van Beek
Laura Van Beek Andrew Van Beek Dustin Van Beek
Beau Van Beek Breana Van Beek Sarah Van Beek
FINAL RESTING PLACE
Graveside Service 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 2, 2010
East Lawn Cemetery-Sheldon, Iowa
Military Graveside Service by the: McGlothlen-Cowie
Post #145 of the American Legion of Sheldon, Iowa
After today’s service relatives and friends are invited to join
the family in the fellowship hall of the church.
Arrangements under the care of the
Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home
CHRIS A. VAN BEEK
Chris Arthur Van Beek, the son of John and Anna (Peters) Van Beek was born April 6, 1920 in Sheldon, Iowa. He received his education in country school after which he assisted his father on the family farm. On August 15, 1941, he was united in marriage to Verna A. Teeselink in Macy, Nebraska. After their marriage Chris entered the Army on July 22, 1942, serving in the South Pacific in the Anti Aircraft Division as a radar operator. He was discharged on December 12, 1945, after which he began farming near Sheldon. The couple also farmed near Archer, Struble and in 1957 moved to a farm between Paullina and Primghar, where they farmed until their retirement in 1984. The couple built a new home in Primghar and moved to town. Verna preceded him in death on April 8, 2003 in Primghar. Chris remained in the family home before moving to the Primghar Care Center in September of 2006. He passed away at the care center on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, reaching the age of 89 years, 8 months and 23 days.
He was a member of the American Reformed Church in Primghar. He enjoyed farming, working with his hands and especially spending time with his family.
Chris is survived by seven children and their spouses, David and Carol Van Beek of Sheldon; James and Lynn Van Beek of Ashland, MA; Robert and Janet Van Beek of Primghar; Richard and Angie Van Beek of Paullina; Jon and Sharon Van Beek of Primghar; Jane and Shawn Zupp of Washta and Daniel and Janice Van Beek of Paullina; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, one brother, Lester Van Beek of Sheldon and a sister-in-law, Irene Van Beek of Sheldon; also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a grandson, Mike Van Beek; his parents, two brothers, Henry Van Beek and Harold Van Beek and a sister, Jeanette Frissel.