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Van Otterloo, Stanley John 1932-2021


Posted By: Marjorie Brunsting-Volunteer (email)
Date: 2/22/2021 at 16:30:42

Mr. Stanley Van Otterloo, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, January 23, at 1:00pm, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation with the family present will be on Friday, from 5pm to 7pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Stanley John was born in Sioux Center on August 10, 1932, the son of Steven and Adrianna (Van Otterloo) Van Otterloo. He grew up in Orange City and attended the Orange City Christian School through the eighth grade. He worked various jobs as a teenager to help support his family.

Stan and Muriel Joan Jansen were united in marriage on September 2, 1953, at Muriel’s home in rural Sioux Center. They were married for over 66 years until her passing in December of 2019.

Stanley served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. After his discharge from the Army, Stan and Muriel made their life-long home in Orange City. In 2017, they became residents of the Landsmeer Retirement Community in Orange City.

Stan worked at the Silent Sioux Corporation until 1967, when he then began his long career as a power lineman and later, electrical department supervisor, for the City of Orange City for nearly 29 years.

He was always deeply committed to serving his community. Stan was a proud member of the Orange City Fire Department for over 25 years, serving as the Assistant Chief for many of those. He also served on the City Council after his retirement and was involved in many projects over the years that were aimed at helping others.

He was a long-time member of the Trinity Reformed Church and First Reformed Church, both of Orange City. He loved volunteering with the Kid’s Connection program, several work mission projects, and at the Bibles for Missions store.

Stan and Muriel enjoyed many summers over the years camping with family and friends in South Dakota, Okoboji, and Minnesota. He was always known as the one with the largest campfire in the park and the one with great stories around those campfires.

Survivors include Stan and Muriel’s four children, Michael (Elaine) Van Otterloo, of LeMars; Kevin (Linda) Van Otterloo, of Eagle Grove; Keva Dawn (Jeff) Wolf, of Marcus; and Steven (Allison) Van Otterloo, of LeMars; nine grandchildren, Micah (Laura) Van Otterloo; Jordan (Taylor) Van Otterloo; Caleb (Jenelle) Van Otterloo; Todd (Allison) Van Otterloo; Timothy (Kamie) Van Otterloo; Emily Van Otterloo; Justin (Stacey) Briese; Lynnsey Briese; and Kevin Van Otterloo; seventeen great-grandchildren; his sister, Audrey (Jim) Mouw; many nieces and nephews; and dear friend of the family, Fred Dykstra.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings, Albertus “Bud” Van Otterloo, Joyce (Jim) Rosecamp, Leon “PeeWee” Van Otterloo, Arlyce (Robert) Groen, Norman Van Otterloo, Linda Van Otterloo; and close friend of the family, Betty Dykstra.

Memorials may be directed to Kid’s Connection at First Reformed Church.

Source: Oolman Funeral Home online obituary.


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