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VANDEEST, Albert 1903-1949

VANDEEST, OKONES

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/25/2016 at 09:55:52

Sudden Death Of Albert VanDeest

Albert VanDeest, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben VanDeest, died very suddenly in Sartori hospital in Cedar Falls at 5:30 Wednesday night, February 16, from a heart ailment. He had been afflicted with a weak heart for a number of years and had eased up somewhat on his work. He went from his farm near New Hartford to Cedar Falls Wednesday afternoon for a check-up by a Cedar Falls doctor. He was stricken with a heart attack while he was in the doctor's office. He was removed to the hospital at once and died two hours later. He was 46 years old.

Funeral services were held at the Christian Reformed church Lincoln Center Monday afternoon. Because of the absence of the resident pastor, Rev. Zwaanstra, the services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Drake, Cedar Falls, and Rev. Henry Petersen, pastor of the Christian Reformed church at Holland. Burial was in the Lincoln Center church cemetery.

Grew Up in Colfax Township
Albert VanDeest was born on the farm of his parents in Colfax township February 18, 1903. He grew up there. He and Tena O'Kones were married at the parsonage of the Second Christian Reformed church at Wellsburg on his birthday in 1930. For a few years after their marriage they lived in a home near Wellsburg while Albert worked at the carpenter trade. They then began farming in Colfax township. They remained on a Colfax township farm until seven years ago when they moved to a farm southeast of New Hartford. Albert bought a 160 acre farm a mile southeast of Dike last year. He was to get possession of the farm on March 1st. He had already moved much of his machinery there and the family intended to move the first of March.

Albert was a good farmer, a hard worker and a good manager. He was a good neighbor and a good friend. The sympathy of all who knew him and his family is extended to the bereaved family.

Father of Seven Children
Mr. and Mrs. Albert VanDeest became the parents of seven children, all of whom are living. There are three sons and four daughters. Harriett, who is 18, is the oldest, and Elaine, 4, is the youngest. The children in order of their age are: Harriett, Joan, Bernard, Alberta, Irvin, Marvin and Elaine. Other surviving relatives are his father and mother, six brothers and three sisters. The brothers are Adolf, John, Benjamin, William, Herbert and Raymond. The last two are twins. The sisters are Mrs. Henry Graves, Mrs. Henry Meester, Mrs. Edward Flater. One sister died at the age of 1 1/2 years.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 February 1949, pg 8


 

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