Ruby Maxine Van Wyk was born November 16, 1924, to Paul and Gertie (Van Genderen) Van Der Kamp in Sully, Iowa. She passed away on October 31, 2020, at the St. Francis Nursing Home in Grinnell, Iowa.
Ruby lived in the Sully area her entire life, and attended country schools through the eighth grade. When she was young, she washed milk bottles at the Van Der Kamp dairy.
On November 17, 1943, she was united in marriage to LaVerne Van Zante at her parents’ home. To this union they were blessed with three children: Barb, Bev, and Brad. After LaVerne’s passing in 1976, Ruby married Ralph John Van Wyk on February 10, 1978. In 1991, Ruby and Ralph moved to Sully where they had a meter reading route for many years.
Ruby was a wonderful homemaker. She would spend hours working in her vegetable garden, and took great pride in her flowers. She milked cows, and also raised chickens, butchered them, and sold eggs. She loved coloring, camping, volunteering, traveling, and going to the State Fair. Ruby was truly the best grandmother a person could have! She was a faithful member of the First Reformed Church in Sully.
Ruby is survived by her children, her step-children, her sister Neva Lanser, and her sister-in-law Dorothy Van Wyk.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands: LaVerne Van Zante, and Ralph Van Wyk; her siblings: Irene (Walt) Vander Leest, Milo (Velma) Van Der Kamp, Cleo (Maurine) Van Der Kamp, Floyd (Jeanetta) Van Der Kamp, and Vernon Van Der Kamp; and her brother-in-law Harry Lanser.
Barb and Paul Fynaardt, Oskaloosa
Kim and Joe Albright
Austin, Haley, Caden
Kevin and Robin Fynaardt
Kraig Fynaardt (deceased)
Bev and Rod Van Maanen, Lynnville
Kendra and Jon Rockhold
Londa and Jason Schnell
Riley and Cori Schnell and baby in March
Emma, Parker, Lincoln, Jordyn
Shawna and Cory Tice
Hadley, Kinsley, Brilynn
Debbie and Chris Merten
Ellyse, Avery, Jaxson, Adalyn
Brad Van Zante, Grinnell
Cameron and Hilary Van Zante
Drake Van Zante
Easton Van Zante
Phyllis (deceased) and David Zylstra, Pella
Teresa and Brian Eschen
Brianna, Josiah, Risa
Kyle and Shalene Zylstra
Lydia, Aidan, Norah, Gerrit
Delwin and Karen Van Wyk, Newton
Heather and Matt Zylstra
Noah, Sage, Lily
Heidi and Jeff Corbett, Steve Squires (deceased)
Elizabeth, Abigail, Sophia, Benjamin, Hudson
Nathan and Elizabeth Van Wyk
Ruth Renaud, Sully
Hillary and Mike Engbers
Brett and Sierra Renaud
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