Chadwick Lee Ver Ploeg was born October 10, 1928, to Dick and Agnes (Van Rees) Ver Ploeg, in Pella, Iowa. He passed away on March 18, 2019, in Pella, at the age of ninety.
In 1935, Chadwick’s family moved to a farm near Sully. He attended Battle Ridge Grade School through eighth grade. Chadwick was a charter member and a 4-H leader of the Lynn Grove Hustlers in 1941. On October 10, 1950, he was united in marriage to Irene Elscott at the First Reformed Church in Sully. One year later Chadwick was drafted into the U.S. Army and served 13 months in Korea. He attained the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1953. After returning from Korea they settled in the Monroe area where they started farming and were blessed with four children: Doyle Jay, Diane Sue, Darla Jean, and Duane Dean. This is when Chadwick also started in sales by selling cattle oilers door-to-door out of the back of his ’49 Chevy pickup. They lived there until 1958 and then moved to the farm, which is now considered the family farm southwest of Sully. In 1962, Chadwick got into the grain bin business. He later sold the business to two of his employees. Chadwick and Irene moved to Pella when they retired in 1988.
Chadwick was a member of the Third Reformed Church in Pella. He was also a member of the V.F.W. and the Red Rock Thrashers. Chadwick loved going to auctions, collecting, and selling anything. Even at age 90, he was driving and going to the farms and Sully. Every day he enjoyed coffee with friends at McDonalds. He adored his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his wit, and generosity.
Those left to cherish his memory are his four children and their families:
Doyle and Karna Ver Ploeg, Lynnville
Kristen and Jeremy Van Donselaar, Cedar
Courtney, Trisha, Leah, Bethany, Luke
Dustin and Angela Ver Ploeg, Sully
Isaac, Abigail, Emily
Diane and Steve Vos, Sully
Mark and Angela Vos, Urbandale
Kyra, Haley, Isabella, Claire
Michelle and Fred Sylvia, Ames
Darla and Ed Merwald, Marshalltown
Michael and Lindsay Merwald, Leawood, Kansas
Melissa Merwald, Ankeny
Duane and Myrna Ver Ploeg, Newton
Kelsi and Bryan Vander Meiden, Pella
Liam, Mason, Henry
Jenna and Jonathon Schroeder, Ames
He is also survived by his brothers: Dick Junior (Joyce) Ver Ploeg of Sully, and Wendell (Erma) Ver Ploeg of Sedona, Arizona, and his special friend Lois Harthoorn.
Chadwick was preceded in death by his wife Irene, his son in infancy, his parents Dick and Agnes Ver Ploeg, his parents-in-law John and Maggie Elscott, and his brothers and sisters-in-law: Jennie and Harold Geurts, Ellen and Francis Van Zante, Grace and John Renaud, Glen and Verna Elscott, Gladys and James Renaud, and Elmer Elscott.
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