Mark Van Ravenswaay

Obituary of Mark Van Ravenswaay

    Mark Lee Van Ravenswaay, son of Arlen and Leola (Riemersma) Van Ravenswaay, was born August 18, 1973 in Sioux Center, IA. He grew up in the Sanborn, IA area, and attended Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school, graduating with the class of 1991. Mark furthered his education at South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota, earning his Registered Nursing degree.

    On July 2, 1993, Mark was united in marriage to Amy Van Zee at Grace Reformed Church in Corsica, SD. To this union were born two children: Isabel and Isaac. The family lived in Corsica while Mark worked at Memorial Avera Hospital in Wagner, SD. The couple later divorced, and Mark relocated to Kingsport, TN, being employed at Tri-City Hospital in Kingsport. He was also a member of the Army National Guard for 6 years.

    When he could find some free time, Mark enjoyed kayaking, golfing and fishing. He just loved being outdoors, and was always ready for anything to do with water! He treasured time with his children and loved all of his nieces and nephews.

    Mark passed from this life on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the age of 43. Preceding him in death were his mother, Leola Van Ravenswaay; grandparents: Wilbur and Theresa Riemersma, and Richard and Ruth Van Ravenswaay.

    Left to cherish his memory are his two children: Isabel Van Ravenswaay and Isaac Van Ravenswaay, both of Littleton, CO; his father, Arlen Van Ravenswaay of Sanborn, IA; brother, Michael (Crystal) Van Ravenswaay of Sanborn, IA; sisters: Pam (Brian) Hamberger of Yankton, SD and Tricia (Jake) Elgersma of Sanborn, IA; 13 nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.



Mark Lee Van Ravenswaay

Born ~ August 18, 1973

Died ~ June 2, 2017

Age ~ 43 years    9 months    15 days


Saturday, June 10, 2017 ~ 11:00 a.m.
First Reformed Church
Sanborn, Iowa

Clergy ~ Pastor Mark Waterstone
Organist ~ Beth Maas

Musical Tributes
Tricia Elgersma
“How Great Thou Art”

“All In All” ~ Video

Songs of Praise
Processional ~ “Little Drummer Boy” 
Recessional ~ “Up From The Grave He Arose”

Honorary Pallbearers
Isaac Van Ravenswaay    Michael Van Ravenswaay
Jake Elgersma    Brian Hamberger    Layne Van Ravenswaay
Joey Maas    Alex Maas    Gary Maas

Brian Wolfswinkle 

Military Graveside Rites
Sanborn American Legion
Earl T. Conaway Post #318

Roseland Cemetery
Sanborn, Iowa