Larry Van Dalen, 73, of Monroe, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A celebration of Larry’s life will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday April 21 at the Monroe AmericanLegion. Per his wishes, Larry was cremated and a private family burial will take place at Mt Zion Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Monroe Emergency Unit, Monroe Volunteer Fire Department or the Jasper County Animal Rescue League. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The son of Wayne and Valeta (Gifford) Van Dalen, Larry was born Sept. 8, 1943, in Newton. He graduated from Newton High School in 1962. On March 16, 1985, he was united in marriage to Fern Van Wyk. Larry sold Featherlite Trailers for more than 20 years. He also was a livestock buyer. Larry enjoyed horses, riding mules and dogs. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife Fern; three children, Angie (Gene) Gettys of Harlan, Denise (Bob) Williams of Newton, and Greg (Angie) Van Dalen of Newton; four step-children, Todd (Bonnie) Terpstra of Newton, Krista (Ron) Van Wyngarden of Monroe, Jodi (Mike) Lanphier of Reasnor and Jill (Cameron) McGinley of Pella; eight grandchildren, Alexandria and Nathan Gettys, Bailey and Baker Zegers, Maggie Williams, Sara, Megan and Jacob Van Dalen; 14 step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; brother, Lehrl (Judy Brodersen) of Monroe; sister, Barbara Hickey of Newton; and a sister-in-law, Rosalie DeZwarte of West Des Moines. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lois Van Dalen; and a brother-in-law, Carroll DeZwarte.