John James VanLeuven (1947 - 2018)

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John J. VanLeuven, 71, Red Oak, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak.
John James VanLeuven, the son of Harvey and Wilma (Way) VanLeuven, was born May 9, 1947, in Des Moines. John was raised in Des Moines, where he graduated from Valley Junction High School in 1965. He entered the U.S. Army in 1965, served two years and returned to Des Moines to work construction. On June 17, 1967, John was united in marriage to Cynthia I. Crozier at Princeton, Mo. John again served his country by entering the U.S. Air Force in 1967 and was honorably discharged on July 30, 1976. Following his military service, he attended college at AIB in Des Moines and DMACC for law enforcement.
In 1978, John and Cindy made their home in Red Oak, when John began his law enforcement career with the Red Oak Police Department. He served the citizens of Red Oak for 25 years, before retiring in 2003. John enjoyed camping and being outdoors. He was a member of the American Legion Lorraine Post #67 of Red Oak and attended Faith Community Church. John was preceded in death by his parents.
John is survived by his wife, Cynthia VanLeuven of Red Oak; two sons, John "Zip" VanLeuven of Bellevue, Neb.; and Jason "Jake" (Michelle) VanLeuven of Bellevue; seven grandchildren, Bret (Mel) Kautz, John "Skip" VanLeuven III, Cody (Shelby) VanLeuven, Lexi VanLeuven (Joel), Randi VanLeuven (Trevor McAlpin), Rennee` (Christian) Trinidad and Rikki (Micca) Thompson; five great-grandchildren, Izic, Jlynn, Eslie, Dawsyn, Luna; brother-in-law, Stephen (Gloria) Crozier of Cedar Falls; sisters-in-law, Kelly (William) Booth of Red Oak, and Casey "Sam" Bates of Red Oak; and John's cousins, Bob (Fran) Way, Mary (John) Allemang, Ira (Loretta) Way, Iona Frakes and Zola (Twigs) Bullis; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Red Oak. Rev. Caryn Pedersen will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date in Resthaven Cemetery, Des Moines.
Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Red Oak.
A memorial is being established in John's name. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at sldfuneralhome.com.
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Red Oak Express on Nov. 27, 2018
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