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Russell Van Genderen

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:47 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:43 p.m. CDT

Russell Van Genderen, 80, of Monroe died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Park Centre in Newton with family by his side.

A funeral service will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Monroe Presbyterian Church. The family will greet friends following the service at the church. Private family burial will take place on Thursday at Silent City Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Monroe Presbyterian Church and condolences may be left for the family at

The son of John and Elizabeth (Jensen) Van Genderen, Russell was born on March 14, 1934, in rural Sully. Russell grew up in rural Sully until 1942, at which time his family moved to rural Monroe. On Nov. 25, 1955, Russell was united in marriage with Ruth Bensink in Pella and they enjoyed 54 years together. Russell spent his days a devoted husband and father in support of his family and worked as a grain and livestock farmer for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Monroe Presbyterian Church.

Those left to honor his memory are his children, Rodney Van Genderen and his wife Jeanne, Rhonda Van Genderen and Rick Van Genderen and his wife Lisa; grandchildren, Brian Van Genderen, David (ShanaLynne) Van Genderen, Jeniece (Dustin) Dooley, Elizabeth (Ryan) DeHaan, Christopher (Kayce) Culbertson, Gerrit Van Genderen, Andrew Van Genderen and Natalie Van Genderen; 11 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Genevieve (Wilson) Dop, Norma (Harris) Van Waardhuizen, Lois (Carroll)Van Gorp and Lila De Kruyff; and one brother, Ronald (Lois) Van Genderen.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife Ruth.

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