Zain Alexander Van Wyk

Nov. 15, 2021

Zain Alexander Van Wyk, age 26, formerly of Monroe, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021, at UnityPoint Methodist in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:30 am at Lutheran Church of Hope in Ankeny. Burial will take place at Silent City Cemetery in Monroe. Visitation will take place on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Lutheran Church of Hope in Ankeny. Memorials may be directed to the church and condolences may be left for the family at

The son of Brian and Kelly (Ritchie) Van Wyk, Zain was born on January 1, 1995 in Des Moines. He graduated from Pella High School. He then attended Columbia College in Chicago receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production. Zain was a member of Lutheran Church of Hope in Ankeny, where he worked as the Production Coordinator. Zain loved his job as production coordinator at Hope. Zain’s role in production focused on student ministries, weekend worship and video content. He was in the process of redoing the Hope Ankeny youtube channel and was creating different videos and playlists for it. Zain enjoyed Sci Fi movies, especially Marvel productions. He also enjoyed making films with other friends in the film industry as well as making videos for family. He’s always had a love for music, animals, and working with people. His strong Christian faith was very important to him.

Those left to honor his memory include his parents, Brian and Kelly; his sister, Kinzi Van Wyk; his grandmother, Connie (Terry) Stephen; aunts and uncles, Roxanne (MIke) Hicks, Rod Ritchie, Rhonda Ritchie, Byron (Margaux) Stephen, Donna (Bob) Carhill, Jerry (Brenda) Van Wyk, Brenda (Wayne) Burns, and Lori (Ken) Kizer as well as many cousins. Preceding Zain in death were his grandparents, Bill and Dorothy Van Wyk and Dennis Ritchie.