Ernest A. VanWeelden
1928 - 2021
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Ernest A. Van Weelden

Wesley - Ernest Allen Van Weelden, 92, passed away peacefully at his farm home near Wesley, Iowa on March 31, 2021. He was 92.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Woden Christian Reformed Church. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Woden Christian Reformed Church. Interment will be in Woden Christian Reformed Cemetery. The funeral and graveside will be live-streamed on Oakcrest Funeral Services' Facebook page

Ernie was born on September 20, 1928 to William and Jennie (Bouma) Van Weelden, the ninth in a loving family of 14 children. He attended school in the Oskaloosa area. Following his education, Ernie worked for Thriftway Grocery Stores for ten years. He served his country in Korea as an MP in the Army in 1952, stationed near the 38th Parallel.

In 1954, Ernie met Mary Ann Nordman of Wesley, Iowa on a blind date. They were married November 11, 1955 at the Woden Christian Reformed Church and celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2020. Ernie and Mary Ann began married life in Des Moines but returned to the family farm near Wesley in 1957 where they successfully farmed until their retirement in 1994. They raised three children, including David Jon, a beloved special needs child, until David's death at age 20 in 1987.

Ernie professed his faith at an early age. He enjoyed farming, golf, beating everyone at cards, and fishing in Canada every summer. For nearly twenty years, Ernie and Mary Ann wintered in Mesa, Arizona. Ernie was devoted to God, his wife, his family and especially his grandchildren.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; daughter Sherri and her husband Steve of Burleson, Texas; son Mark of Omaha and Wesley; grandchildren Zachary Van Weelden, Matthew Van Weelden, Douglas Sechrist and Lauren (Dan) Sechrist Silver. He is also survived by brothers James Van Weelden and Harold (Eileen) Van Weelden; sisters Anna Kelderman and Fran (Les) Spoelstra; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and son David, Ernie was preceded in death by grandson Christopher Sechrist; five brothers: John, Henry, Peter, William, Jr., Ray, and an infant brother; and three sisters: Sylvia Kelderman, Dorothy DeRonde, and Jean Boender.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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