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Henry David Van Steenwyk was born December 1, 1936 in Pella, Iowa the son of Henry and Cornelia (Van Kooten) Van Steenwyk.
Henry graduated from Knoxville High School in 1955. On April 12, 1957 he was united in marriage to Kathleen Bokhoven. The couple lived in Des Moines a short time, and have spent most of their married life in Marion County. They have lived in their current residence, on old highway 92, since 1966. Henry farmed and raised dairy cows his entire life. In their spare time, Henry and Kathy enjoyed square dancing, playing cards and traveling. Henry will be remembered for his cowboy hat and warm smile by all who knew him.
Henry passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Mercy Medical Center, in Des Moines, at the age of 81 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, David and siblings: Alfred and Charlene.
Those left to honor Henry's memory include his loving wife of 60 years, Kathleen; children: Steven Jay (Vickie), Loretta Kay (Kenny) and Kevin John (Lynne); 8 grandchildren: Kyle Thompson, Ray Thompson, Nick Van Steenwyk, Tiffany Goemaat, Jesse Shafer, Sam Shafer, Shelby Van Steenwyk and Brittney Van Steenwyk; 4 step-grandchildren: Zachary Versteegh, Leah DeMarest, Brandon Gettings and Morgan Gettings; 9 great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at Celebrate Church in Knoxville, Iowa on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Andrew Schmidt, Officiating. Burial will follow in Breckenridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Celebrate Church. Memorials may be made to the Crosswalk Youth Group at Celebrate Church or the Knoxville Rural Fire Department.
Published on January 17, 2018
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