Welcome to the memorial page for

Vernon Vanden Hoek

December 22, 1946 ~ October 29, 2017 (age 70)

Vernon Marvin Vanden Hoek was born December 22, 1946, to Martin and Marie (Maasdam) Vanden Hoek in Grinnell, Iowa.  He passed away October 29, 2017, at Comfort House in Pella. 

Vernon grew up in the Kellogg area where he attended a country school.  He was a graduate of Lynnville-Sully High School.  It was here that he wrote letters to his high school sweetheart, Tena Kroes.  They were married on August 5, 1965, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella.  To this union they were blessed with four children: Teresa, Tim, Rhonda, and Angie.


Vernon was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church in Sully.  Vernon never knew a stranger and was always witnessing to anyone and everyone. He loved working on the farm with animals: he milked Holsteins for 35 years, he adopted four Mustang horses to break and he raised border collies.  Vernon also had many other interests and talents.  He loved driving school bus and would even dress as Santa Claus for the children and his family.  He also drove for Progress Industries in Newton and he drove detasseling bus in the summer.  Vernon enjoyed working in a prison ministry program for many years. He built many buildings on his farm, and did some woodworking for his family.  After he could no longer work on the farm he enjoyed cooking and baking for his family or anyone in need!

Those left to cherish his  memory are his wife, Tena, of Sully and their family:

Teresa and Bart Benson of Gilman

            Amanda and Marcus Hoksbergen     

                        Quinn, Gus


Tim and Marsha Vanden Hoek of Sully

            Kelsi and Jacob Bowman


            Brett Vanden Hoek


Rhonda and Steve Showman of Pella

            Kate and Brad Shelangoski

                        Aiden, Connor

            Colten Showman and Tara Keasling

            Maggie Showman

            Nick Showman


Angie and Rod Claassen of Garwin

            Bridger Claassen and Mackenzie Burt

Josie Claassen


He is also survived by his siblings: June VerWoert, Marlene and Harvey Beyer, Eleanor and Gene Jansen, Gerald and Lynda Vanden Hoek, and Ramona and Art Cooper; and his nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his brother William, his parents, and his sister Leona Brandhof.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Hospice of Pella
Pella IA

Make a Wish Foundation
3009 100th Street, Urbandale IA 50322
Tel: 1-515-334-2636

 Service Information

November 2, 2017

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
First Reformed Church
807 3rd Street
Sully, IA 50251

Visitation With Family
November 2, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
First Reformed Church
807 3rd Street
Sully, IA 50251

Funeral Service
November 3, 2017

10:00 AM
First Reformed Church
807 3rd Street
Sully, IA 50251

Interment following funeral service
November 3, 2017

Sully Cemetery
12772-12798 County Road F62
Sully, IA 50251