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Wilbur R. Veenstra

June 15, 1929 ~ January 7, 2020 (age 90)


Wilbur R. Veenstra was born June 15, 1929, to Richard and Gertie (Vander Molen) Veenstra in Mahaska County.

Wilbur was a graduate of Peoria Christian Grade School, then worked as a hired hand for farmers in the Peoria area. Later he was a truck driver for Peoria Stockyards.

He made profession of faith as a young man at Peoria Christian Reformed Church. Wilbur served as deacon and elder and was a faithful and active member of Leighton Christian Reformed Church. Wilbur was a member of the Leighton Lions Club. He served as a board member of the Garden Chapel Funeral Home Co-op.

Wilbur was united in marriage to Marilyn De Cook, on October 12, 1955, at her parents’ home west of Leighton. They farmed for a few years and then moved to an acreage northeast of Leighton in 1966, and was a partner in C &W Truck Line in Oskaloosa. Later he was employed at Oskaloosa Livestock Inc. In 1995, they moved to Pella. He was semi-retired and they spent a few winters in Donna, Texas. Wilbur loved Christian fellowship, playing games, and spending time with family – his grandchildren were special to him.

Wilbur is survived by his wife Marilyn Veenstra, their children and their families:

Larry and Mary Veenstra

            Lacey Veenstra Gay


            Brooke and Evan Wickenkamp

                        Harper, Avery

Bruce and Jeannene Veenstra

            Kelly and Chris Pierson

                        Tegan, Bexley, Everly, Kyper

            Kyle and Jacey Veenstra

                        Katelyn, Kinzey, Kennedy

            Jackie Veenstra and fiancé Jake Michel

Linda and the late Kevin De Ronde

            John and Lisa De Ronde


            Jill De Ronde

            Kristin and Jordan Dyk

                        Gavin, Sienna

Curt and Rochelle Veenstra

            Jake and Raelynn Veenstra


            Micaela Veenstra

            Halie Veenstra

He is also survived by his siblings: Bernice and Ralph Van Soelen of Newton, John Veenstra of Oskaloosa, and Gretta Veenstra of Pella.  

He was preceded in death by his parents Rich and Gertie Veenstra, his brother Marion Veenstra, and his son-in-law Kevin De Ronde.

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January 10, 2020

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Leighton Christian Reformed Church
415 Reid Street
Leighton, IA 50143

Visitation With Family
January 10, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Leighton Christian Reformed Church
415 Reid Street
Leighton, IA 50143

Funeral Service
January 11, 2020

11:00 AM
Leighton Christian Reformed Church
415 Reid Street
Leighton, IA 50143


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Oskaloosa Christian Schools
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