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VanderWell, Herman 1902-1997


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 8/22/2007 at 21:12:24


Herman Vander Well, 94, of LeMars, died Friday, June 6, 1997, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in LeMars.

Herman Vander Well was born July 7, 1902, in Boyden, the son of Walter Vander Well Sr. and Jenny (DeVries) Vander Well. He graduated from Rock Valley High School. Following high school he taught country school for four years near Rock Valley. In 1929, he graduated from Central College in Pella. On Aug. 24, 1929, he married Everdina Bloem at Nevada, Ia. From 1929 to 1932 he taught school at Boyden. In 1932 the couple moved to Maurice where he served as principal for five years and then superintendent for seven years.

In 1944 the couple moved to LeMars where he taught industrial arts and later drivers education until 1970. From 1970 to 1972 he was the supervisor of the school lunch and school bus programs. He also taught at Westmar College from 1952 to 1968, instructing Teacher Training Program for drivers education.

In 1972, he became a baliff for the Plymouth County District Court, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.

Mr. Vander Well was a member of the First United Methodist Church in LeMars, a life member of the Iowa State Teacher’s Association, National Teachers Association, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 70, Floyd Lodge 537 of Orange City (formerly the Giblem Lodge 442), Scottish Rite Bodies of Sioux City, and the LeMars Lions Club. In 1966 he was the president of State Drivers & Traffic Safety Association and had served on the board for several years. He was one of the originators of the Drivers Education program on both the state and national levels.

He enjoyed woodworking and fishing.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, H.D. “Bud” and Jane Vander Well of LeMars, and Dean and Jeanne Vander Well of Des Moines; a sister, Kate deHaas of Orange City; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Everdina on July 6, 1977; a sister, Anna Vander Well; two brothers, Steve and Walter Vander Well, Jr.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the First United Methodist Church in LeMars with the Rev. Lynn Potter officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery, rural LeMars. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in LeMars with a 7 p.m. Masonic service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Terry Vander Well, Don Vander Well, Tom Vander Well, and John Boyd. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Lorenzen, Roy Messerole, Harley Hall and Stan Frerichs.

~source: LeMars Sentinel

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