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Robert Van Hal

October 20, 1930 ~ June 21, 2018 (age 87)

Robert Willis Van Hal was born October 20, 1930, to William and Wilma (Wichhart) Van Hal, at their home near Tracy, Iowa.  He passed away at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, on June 21, 2018.

Bob was a 1951 graduate of Pella Community High School and went on to graduate from Central College.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army and played in the Army band. 

Music and flying were Bob’s passions.  When he was young, he would ferry airplanes and he also built a small plane.  Bob was a piano tuner and enjoyed playing in Pella’s city band.  He also played in the military band in Des Moines, and with the Windjammers in Florida where he spent many winters.  Bob was baptized and made profession of faith at First Christian Reformed Church and was a charter member of Covenant Reformed Church in Pella.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sister June Morrison of Oskaloosa, his brother-in-law Henry Van Leeuwen of Hanover, Indiana, and his sister-in-law Joan Van Hal of Pella. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews:  Jaci (Mark) Wollenberg, Martin (Deb) Van Leeuwen, Robert (Sara) Van Leeuwen, Bruce (Suzie) Van Hal, Mark (Nancy) Van Hal, the late Steve (Lori) Van Hal, Linda (John) Steddom, Glen (Jan) Edwards, Carl (Melinda) Edwards, and Paula (Craig) Davis.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marie Van Leeuwen, his brothers Don (Connie) Van Hal, and Marion Van Hal, his brother-in-law Jerry Morrison, and his nephew Steve Van Hal.


Donations may be made to:

Covenant Reformed Church
Pella IA