Daniel  Van Wyk
Daniel Van Wyk, son of Louis and Christine (Dieleman) Van Wyk, was born on April 7, 1932, in Sully, Iowa. Dan was the oldest of four siblings and they moved to a farm near Prairie City, Iowa when Dan was three years old. His parents moved back to Sully when Dan was in 5th grade so he could attend the Sully Christian School and graduated from the 8th grade. Dan was baptized and made profession of his faith in the Sully Christian Reformed Church.
On September 11, 1952, Dan was united in marriage to Harriet Kathryn Lanser. Shortly after their marriage, he was sent overseas with the military to serve in Korea for two years at the closing of the Korean War. While there he learned to run bull dozers, a skill he used often after his return to the United States. When Dan was discharged, he returned to Pella, Iowa where they were blessed with four children: Loren Douglas, Stuart Lee, Krista Lynn and Jana Kay. Dan and Harriet farmed south of Pella for three years and then moved to Kellogg, Iowa where they farmed for eight years. In 1965 they returned to Pella and farmed west of town.
Dan loved farming and working with machinery of all kinds. He took special pride in his tractors, trucks and pickups with lots of chrome. He also loved "playing" in the dirt with his loader, bulldozer and excavator! In later years he spent many hours volunteering his large equipment skills helping to build the Pella Christian High School and Federated Fellowship Church. Dan and Harriet enjoyed many days camping with friends, visiting with family and traveling together.
When Harriet's health began to decline in 2005, Dan faithfully cared for her until she passed away in December of 2010 after 58 years of marriage. Dan lived alone for a few years, but in 2013 God brought Alberdeen "Alb" (Gritters) Stursma into his life and they were married on September 5, 2013. They thoroughly enjoyed each other's company and thanked God for bringing them together.
Dan was a member of the Calvary Christian Reformed Church and was involved in many volunteer activities such as Cadet Counselor, serving as an Elder and Deacon, and was active in Bible studies. On Thursday, November 14, 2019, he passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella at the age of 87 years.
His memory will be cherished by his loving wife Alb, and his four children, three step-children and their families:
Loren and Jean (Zylstra) Van Wyk of Pella, Iowa, Lucas and Jean Van Wyk, Chad and Derrica Van Wyk, Lance and Brynna Van Wyk, Chess Van Wyk, Chanae Van Wyk;
Stuart and Kathy (Van Gent) Van Wyk of Pella, Iowa, Kendra (Van Wyk) and Ryan Zantingh, Klint Van Wyk, Kasey and Alysha Van Wyk, Kyle Van Wyk;
Krista and Evan Van Gelder of Pella, Iowa, Danielle (Van Gelder) and Collin Barnes, Emily (Van Gelder) and Ryan Bunday, Seth Van Gelder;
Jana and John Magnussen of Pella, Iowa, Corey and Katie Magnussen, Staci (Magnussen) and Kegan Strobel;
Jacki (Stursma) and Ken Craver of Pella, Iowa, Desha and Jeff Bruxvoort, Jessemynn and Dr. S. Doug Kanis;
Jimmy and Susan (Hicks) Stursma of New Sharon, Iowa, Jami and Casey Schares;
Jerry Stursma of Otley, Iowa,Justin and Sheri Stursma, Jennifer and Jarrod Cooper.
Besides his 19 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren Dan leaves his sister-in-law, Marilyn (Carroll) Van Wyk of Oskaloosa, Iowa, his brother Nelson Van Wyk and Jean, his sister Marilou and Ron Houk all of Pella; along with the following sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Junella (Peter) Lanser of Denver, Colorado, John and Lois Lanser of Pella, Marvin and Ruth Lanser of Holland, Michigan; Goldie (Gritters) Dingeman, Edgar and Regina Gritters, and Arnie Gritters all of Pella.
Dan was preceded in death by his first wife, Harriet Lanser, his parents, Louis and Christine Van Wyk, his brother, Carroll Van Wyk; his parents-in-law, John and Elizabeth (Bruxvoort) Lanser; the following brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Mattie and Henry Jansen, Brant and Jo Lanser, Arie and Joanna Lanser, Durky and Gerrit Van Kooten, Nellie and Cornie Van Maaren, Henry and Clara Lanser, Joann and Ludolph Zylstra, Betty and Dewey Nikkel, Peter Lanser; parents-in-law, Rev. Martin and Jeanette Gritters; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Frank and Revena Gritters, Duane Dingeman, and Nancy Gritters.
Dan was always so thankful to have his family living close around and commented how special it was the whole family could get together every month for Sunday lunches. Dan talked often about how he belonged body and soul, in life and in death, to his faithful savior, Jesus Christ. He prayed daily for his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren to know the Lord and put their faith and trust in Him.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 19, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella. Memorials may be given for the Pella Christian Grade School or the Pella Christian High School. Van Dyk - Duven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on November 18, 2019

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