Faming Agriculture 09


Bernie Van Roekel

March 15, 1923 ~ February 1, 2018 (age 94)

Bernie J. Van Roekel was born March 15, 1923, to John and Blanche (Witzenburg) Van Roekel, at his parent’s home east of Otley.  He lived in that area until he retired and moved to Pella in 1995.  He passed away February 1, 2018, with his family by his side.

Bernie attended Richland School east of Otley. After 8th grade, he started farming with his father, and continued helping on the farm even after he moved to Pella. 

He was baptized in Bethel Country Church then attended Otley Reformed Church with his parents and later became a member of Third Reformed Church in Pella, where he made profession of faith.  He served as a deacon and was a Hospice volunteer.

Bernie met Tana Van Gilst at church and they married on June 12, 1946, at her parent’s home six miles south of Pella.  To this union they were blessed with four children:  Kenneth, Marlene, Harley and Donna.  Bernie and Tana traveled with family and friends to many areas in our country and overseas.  They loved spending time with all their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Bernie will be remembered as being strong, hardworking, caring and helpful.   

Bernie will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Bernie’s family:

            Kenneth and Linda Van Roekel, Branson West, Missouri

                        Shawn Van Roekel


            Marlene and Ron Steenhoek, Pella, Iowa

                        Vicki and Brent Steenhoek

                                    Sierra, Erika, Connor

                        Jeffrey and Kristin Steenhoek

                                    Ethan, Cael


            Harley and Kathe Van Roekel, Pella, Iowa

                        Jason and Rian Van Roekel

                                    Hailey, Derek, Braden

                        Tomi and Keith Nelson

                                    Lucas, Collin, Paityn


            Donna and Fred Bahls, Clive, Iowa

                        Christopher and Sheena Bahls

                                    Kaiden Bahls

                        Lia Bahls

Those preceding Bernie in death are his wife Tana, his parents Blanche and John Van Roekel, grandson Shawn Van Roekel, and his sisters:  Henrietta Van Zante, Ada Beyer, Jenella Verros, and Johanna Mathes.  

Donations may be made to:

Hospice of Pella
Pella IA

Schuring family