OSKALOOSA — Phyllis Van Der Veer, 76, of Oskaloosa, passed away early Sunday morning, March 16, 2014, at Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa.
Phyllis Kay Van Der Veer, daughter of Fred Earl and Viola (Estella) Johnson Lanphier, was born May 17, 1937, in Tracy. She attended Tracy High School where she played basketball. Phyllis married her first and only love, Kenneth Lee Van Der Veer, July 31, 1953, in Oskaloosa. They made their home in Oskaloosa where they raised their three children. He passed away after 47 years of marriage on Dec. 23, 2002. Phyllis loved to cook and she worked in several restaurants in the area including the Friends Diner in Leighton. Family was always first in Phyllis’ life, as recently as a week before her death she was planning family get-togethers and great-grandchildren slumber parties. Daily devotions with “Our Daily Bread” was something Phyllis did faithfully. She also enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, westerns on TV, an occasional casino visit and cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Butch (Bev) Van Der Veer, of Oskaloosa, Thomas (Jo Ann) Van Der Veer, of Beacon, and Kimberly (Dennis) Johnston, of Oskaloosa; 10 grandchildren: Sheila Van Der Veer, Angie (Jason) Cahoy, Elisha (Brian) Sterling, Johnny (Angie) Lesher, Jesse (Christine) Van Der Veer, Stefanie (Matt) Coenen, Christy (Chad) Weidemann, Ben (Maggie) Johnston, Kelly (Derek) Nichols and Melissa Uribe; 13 great-grandchildren: Carter, Marissa, Aleigha, Zoe, Austen, Maddison, Brooklynn, Libbie, One on-the-way, Glacia, Macy, Carissa, Adan and, Kinzley; her siblings: Chuck Lanphier, of Eddyville, Mabel (Buck) Boyer, of Oregon, Nellie (Bert) Farmer, of Knoxville, Mary (Norman) Riddle, of Pella, Howard (Linda) Lanphier, of Oskaloosa, and Paul (Pic) Lanphier, of Oskaloosa; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Esther Lanphier, of Oskaloosa, Sabra Lanphier, of Knoxville, Harry Van Der Veer, of Knoxville, Carl (Karen) Van Der Veer, of Pella, Robert Van Der Veer, of Newton, and Mildred (Robert) Marsh, of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.