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Marion Veenstra

September 9, 1938 ~ March 19, 2018 (age 79)

Marion Veenstra was born September 9, 1938, to Richard and Gertie (Vander Molen) Veenstra, in Taintor, Iowa.  He passed away March 19, 2018, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 79.

Marion graduated from Peoria Christian Grade School and was a member of Peoria Christian Reformed Church. 

Marion joined the U.S. Army August 3, 1959, and was honorably discharged on July 9, 1962.  This was during a time of peace, so he served most of the time in Germany. When he returned he worked for Kooyman Lumber, Van Weelden Construction and Pella Precast until his retirement in 2002.

In November of 2004, Marion suffered a series of strokes which left him blind and unable to walk on his own.  After an extended period of hospital stays, he went to live at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, in July of 2005.  He gained many friends among the residents and staff, and was able to participate in a variety of activities.  He enjoyed the weekly chapel services and unit devotions provided by the chaplains.  He also appreciated the letters, cards, and visits from fellow church members, relatives, friends, and family.  During all these years, he never complained about his affliction. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his siblings:  Wilbur R. and Marilyn (De Cook) Veenstra of Pella, Bernice and Ralph Van Soelen of Newton, John Veenstra of Oskaloosa, and Gretta Veenstra of Pella. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Gertie Veenstra and his sister-in-law Donna (Hall) Veenstra.

Donations may be made to:

World Renew

Iowa Veterans Home
Marshalltown IA