Reuben J. Steenhoek, 96 of Prairie City, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at Taylor House – Hospice in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Prairie City. Burial will follow at Waveland Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Reformed Church. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
The son of John and Dena (Witzenberg) Steenhoek, Reuben was born on March 16, 1923 in Pella. He graduated from Prairie City High School in 1941. On Jan. 10, 1947, he was united in marriage to Anna Ruth Gabelmann at the First Reformed Church in Prairie City. Reuben was a farmer his whole life. He also worked at the Colfax Sale Barn and a school bus driver for the Prairie City schools. He was involved with 4-H, the Jasper County Fair for many years, the Iowa State Fair for 37 years, received the Citizen of the Year at Prairie Days and was a faithful member of the First Reformed Church, serving on many committees.
He is survived by his children, Beverly Worden, Larry (Linda) Steenhoek, Ruth (Jerry) Hancock, Ronald Dean (Jean) Steenhoek, Karen (Gena A.) Steenhoek, Marla Hamilton, John (Justi) Steenhoek and Irv (Tricia) Steenhoek; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife in 2001; son’s-in-law, Max Worden and Mark Hamilton; brothers, Hubert, Henry, and Andrew and sisters, Bertha Beyer and Gerdena Dykstra.