Vernon Marvin Vanden Hoek was born Dec. 22, 1946, to Martin and Marie (Maasdam) Vanden Hoek in Grinnell. He passed away Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Comfort House in Pella.
Vernon grew up in the Kellogg area where he attended a country school. He was a graduate of Lynnville-Sully High School. It was here that he wrote letters to his high school sweetheart, Tena Kroes. They were married Aug. 5, 1965, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella. To this union they were blessed with four children, Teresa, Tim, Rhonda and Angie.
Vernon was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church in Sully. Vernon never knew a stranger and was always witnessing to anyone and everyone. He loved working on the farm with animals — he milked Holsteins for 35 years, he adopted four Mustang horses to break and he raised border collies. Vernon also had many other interests and talents. He loved driving a school bus and would even dress as Santa Claus for the children and his family. He also drove for Progress Industries in Newton, and he drove a detasseling bus in the summer. Vernon enjoyed working in a prison ministry program for many years. He built many buildings on his farm and did some woodworking for his family. After he could no longer work on the farm, he enjoyed cooking and baking for his family or anyone in need.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Tena of Sully; and their family, Teresa and Bart Benson of Gilman, Tim and Marsha Vanden Hoek of Sully, Rhonda and Steve Showman of Pella and Angie and Rod Claassen of Garwin; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, June VerWoert, Marlene and Harvey Beyer, Eleanor and Gene Jansen, Gerald and Lynda Vanden Hoek and Ramona and Art Cooper; and his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother William; his parents; and his sister, Leona Brandhof.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the First Reformed Church in Sully. Visitation begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at the First Reformed Church in Sully with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be given to Make a Wish Foundation or Hospice of Pella. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.