Donald Van Der Hart of Newton, passed from this life Thursday morning, Dec. 28, 2017, at his home at Park Centre.
Donald Ray Van Der Hart, 84, was born May 13, 1933, in Prairie City, the son of Walter and Ruth (Painter) Van Der Hart. He was a graduate of the Monroe Senior High School. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army. Donnie farmed at the Van Der Hart family farm by Monroe, for many years, alongside his brother, Francis.
On July 23, 1983, Donald was united in marriage with Marie Lavon Brown-Steenhoek at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Donnie and Marie moved to southern Iowa to a farm near Melrose. They raised cattle and enjoyed caring for their land. Donnie was a farmer, fisherman, hunter, cook, gardener, quilter, square dancer and traveler. He was a longtime member of the Chariton United Methodist Church and was very active in their mission programs. Donnie was a loving husband, step-father and grandfather.
Donald is survived by his step-children, Sandra (Larry) Hartman, Marvin (Kathy) Steenhoek, Joyce (Francis) Van Der Hart and Donald (Lu Anne) Steenhoek; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; his sister, brothers and sisters-in-law, Evelyn Van Dusseldorp, Francis Van Der Hart, Doyle (Opal) Van Der Hart and Freda Van Der Hart; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Marie Dec. 29, 2016; a grandson, Matthew Steenhoek; his step-mother, Leola Van Der Hart; a brother, Harold Van Der Hart; and a sister in infancy.
A time of remembrance and celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Silent City Cemetery in Monroe. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the family in Donald’s name to the Parkinson’s Association and Chariton United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at pencefh.com.