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Philip J Vander Ploeg

January 22, 1936 — August 27, 2019


BORN: January 22, 1936 ~ LeMars, Iowa
PASSED AWAY: August 27, 2019 ~ Okoboji, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2019
First Lutheran Church; Milford, Iowa
Rev. Perry Aalgaard & Rev. Brian Jack ~ Officiating

with the family present will be
from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service
on Friday, August 30, 2019
at the First Lutheran Church in Milford, Iowa.

C.D. “Come To Jesus” by Jason Lovins Band
Recessional: Widor Toccata
by Glenn Henriksen - Organist/Pianist
“Lift High The Cross”
“It Is Well With My Soul”
“Because He Lives”
“Give Me Jesus”
Organist/Pianist: Glenn Henriksen

Men Of First In Action
“The Grandchildren”
Kari Ostercamp Kristin Bosman
Kendra Vander Lee Kim Vyhlidal
Lyle Vander Ploeg Elly Kiemel
Heidi Daniels Nolan Vander Ploeg

Graveside service 2:30 P.M. Friday, August 30, 2019
East Lawn Cemetery ~ Sheldon, Iowa

Military flag presentation by McGlothen-Cowie American Legion Post #145 of Sheldon

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
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa
Philip James Vander Ploeg was born Jan. 22, 1936 in LeMars, Iowa to James and Janette (Rons) Vander Ploeg. He spent the first 8 years in Rock Valley, Iowa, then moved to Sheldon, Iowa, and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1954. On April 21, 1957, he was united in marriage to Joann (Jody) Syverson in Sioux Falls, moving to Sheldon and raising their family. In 2000, Jody and Phil moved to Okoboji, Iowa, also wintering in Mesa, Arizona for the past 27 years. Phil attended T.C.U., and graduated from Gupton Jones Mortuary School in 1961, working with his father and eventually, he and Jody owned and operated Vander Ploeg Funeral Home until 1992. Phil is a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the American Legion Post #145 of Sheldon.
He was active in many things, and served as president or member on the board of numerous organizations, including: St. Paul Lutheran Church-Sheldon, Luther League sponsor, Sheldon Lions Club, Meals on Wheels, Sheldon Airport Commission, Chamber of Commerce, several Country Clubs, All Class Reunion- 25 years, Billiards Club & Beautification Committee Carriage Manor Resort.
Phil loved sports, especially golf, where he won numerous golf tournaments including: Sioux City Interstate- twice, Cherokee Match Play- twice, New Ulm Invitational- twice, Sheldon Tri-State- several times. For 50 years, Phil has held the Sheldon CC course record of 29, shot in 1969.
Phil is survived by his wife, Jody; son, Jim (Lynae)Vander Ploeg- San Diego, CA; daughter, Julie (Dale) Elgersma- Primghar, IA; son, Mark (Laura) Vander Ploeg- Maple Grove, MN; 8 grandchildren: Kari (Elliot) Ostercamp- Brandon, SD; Kristin (Joe) Bosman- Harrisburg, SD; Kendra (Matt) Vander Lee- Sanborn, IA; Kim (Bryan) Vyhlidal- Harrisburg, SD; Lyle (Jenna) Vander Ploeg- Brooklyn Center, MN; Elly (Josh) Kiemel- Avon, IN; Heidi (Tyler) Daniels- Andover, MN; Nolan (Brooke) Vander Ploeg- Orlando, FL, and 12 great-grandchildren: Emmet, Ty and Tate Ostercamp, Austin, Makenzie and Madelyn Bosman, Kylah and Kinley Vander Lee, Owen, Jade, and Lakyn Vyhlidal, and Maelyn Vander Ploeg; sister, Leah (Ben) Rohwer, Sanborn, Iowa; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Mark Steven.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall
not want. He maketh me to lie
down in green pastures; He leadeth
me beside still waters. He
restoreth my soul; He leadeth me
in the paths of righteousness for
His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil; for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort
me; Thou preparest a table before
me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou anointest my head with oil,
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of the
Lord forever.
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