VANHEIDEN, Ben 1908-1995
VANHEIDEN, BRUNS, HARKEN, ABBAS
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/6/2014 at 17:55:47
Ben VanHeiden, of Wellsburg, died Saturday, February 18, at the Allison Care Center in Allison of natural causes, having attained the age of 86 years, 9 months and 24 days.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 21, at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center at 1:30 p.m. with burial in West Friesland Cemetery, rural Ackley.
Pallbearers were Lance VanHeiden, Gary DeVries, Jeff Lovell, Tony Diehm, Clint Harms, Dale VanHeiden, Matt VanHeiden and Ben Lovell. Honorary pallbearer was Brian DeVries.
A memorial fund has been established.
Ben was born April 23, 1908, in Grundy county, the son of Johann and Jennie (Bruns) VanHeiden. He was married on November 2, 1930, to Anna Harken in Ackley. She preceded Ben in death in 1948. On February 17, 1949, he was united in marriage to Alice Abbas at the Reformed Church parsonage in Bristow.
Ben farmed in Butler and Grundy counties until his retirement in 1973, when he moved to Wellsburg. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Anna; 2 brothers, Sam and Bert; 1 sister, Anna Willems; and by 1 infant granddaughter, Bonnie Lynn VanHeiden.
Survivors include his wife, Alice; 10 children, Jeanette Merrill and husband Gordon of Allison, Lavern VanHeiden and wife Beverly of Wellsburg, Jerry DeVries and wife Sally of Reinbeck, Benjamin J. DeVries and wife Judy of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jerald VanHeiden and wife Connie of Newark, IL, Richard VanHeiden of Steamboat Rock, Merna Lovell and husband Larry of Waverly, David VanHeiden and wife Dianne of Hudson, Laurie Diehm and husband Don of Reinbeck, and Kenneth VanHeiden and wife Barbara of Waterloo; 31 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, John VanHeiden of Aplington; and 1 sister, Mrs. Earl (Alice) Vietor of Parkersburg.
The Doyen-Abels Funeral Home, Wellsburg, was in charge of the funeral arrangements.
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