Richard Vanden Hoek

Obituary of Richard Vanden Hoek


    Richard Dale Vanden Hoek was born December 30, 1943, in Douglas County, South Dakota, the son of Marion (Mike) and Viola (Menning) Vanden Hoek. Rich was raised in Corsica, South Dakota where he attended the rural Plainview School in Walnut Grove Township District and graduated from Corsica High School in 1961. After high school, Richard attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education.

    Richard married Lyla Beth (Reinsma) on January 3, 1964 in Orange City, Iowa. They began their married life in Gettysburg, South Dakota, where Richard had his first teaching position before moving to Northwest Iowa. He spent twenty-two years teaching at Sanborn Community School and finished his teaching career at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. Richard retired in 2011 after a total of 44 years in secondary education, bus driving, and teaching drivers’ education.

    Richard was an active member of his community in Sanborn outside of teaching. He served as an elder and deacon at First Reformed Church, RCYF sponsor, Sunday School Officer and many other committees over the years. He also was a charter member at Sanborn Golf & Country Club and was the superintendent at the golf course for many years. Rich loved being a grandfather, playing cards, going for drives and having coffee at Jay's with his friends.

    He was preceded in his death by his parents, Marion and Viola Vanden Hoek, and his wife, Beth.

    Richard is survived by his three children and their families: Douglas and his wife, Deb Vanden Hoek of Bristol, Rhode Island, and their children: Tiffany and her husband, Dan McMahan and their daughter, Scarlett of Lincoln, Nebraska and Courtney Vanden Hoek of St. Louis, Missouri; Tamara and her husband, Rich Unland of Indianapolis, Indiana and their children: Isaiah and his wife, Ashley, Caleb, Joshua, Elijah and Jonah; Crissa and her husband, Eric Krikke of Overland Park, Kansas, and their children: Travis, Reid and Brielle.


Richard D. Vanden Hoek

Born ~ December 30, 1943 
Died ~ November 20, 2017
Age ~ 73 years    10 months    21 days

Saturday, November 25, 2017
11:00 a.m.
First Reformed Church
Sanborn, Iowa

Clergy ~ Pastor Mark Waterstone
Pianist ~ Judy Dykstra
Organist ~ Jill Bavier

Songs of Praise
Processional ~ "Amazing Grace"  #343
                        "How Great Thou Art"  #147
                        "I Have Decided To Follow Jesus"  #602
Recessional ~ "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"  #139

Rich Unland     Isaiah Unland     Caleb Unland    
Joshua Unland     Eric Krikke     Dan McMahan

Honorary Pallbearers
Ashley Unland     Elijah Unland     Jonah Unland    
Travis Krikke     Reid Krikke     Brielle Krikke    
 Tiffany McMahan     Courtney Vanden Hoek

Brian Wolfswinkle  ~  Gerrit Wiekamp

Roseland Cemetery
Sanborn, Iowa