OSKALOOSA — Ray Ver Steegh, 94, of Oskaloosa, passed away Monday afternoon, March 17, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Services Serenity House in Oskaloosa.
Raymond “Ray” A. Ver Steegh, son of William and Hattie (Van Zuuk) Ver Steegh, was born, Jan. 8, 1920, in Oskaloosa. He was a 1937 graduate of Lacey High School of New Sharon, Iowa. Ray entered the Army Air Force, July 13, 1942, and after attending engine overhaul school in California, he was sent to the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre where he served in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines, where he maintained aircraft engines. He was discharged Nov. 11, 1945, and returned to Oskaloosa. Ray was employed by Van Gorp Implement and O & M Equipment where he worked as a mechanic and a manager. He retired in 1985.
April 14, 1946, Ray was united in marriage to Leona Te Paske and they made their home in Oskaloosa and were the parents of four children. Leona passed away Dec. 10, 1989. Ray was blessed to find love again; he married Wilma Vander Linden Terpstra Jan. 4, 1992.
Ray dedicated his life to Christ at age 14, when he joined the Presbyterian Church at New Sharon; he later transferred his membership to the Central Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. Through the years he served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and an elder. Ray enjoyed working on small motors, and camping and fishing when he was able; in later years he spent time reading and using his computer.
Ray’s family includes his wife, Wilma, of Oskaloosa; a son, Keith (Deborah) Ver Steegh, of Des Moines; a daughter, Barb (Randy) Sterling, of Rose Hill; a daughter-in-law, Evelyn Ver Steegh, of Des Moines, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; step-children: Sandra (Ron) Miller, of Cedar Rapids, Rick (Diane) Terpstra, of Pella; Randy Terpstra, of Cedar Falls, and Doug (Beverly) Terpstra, of Pella.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, Leona, Ray was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosemary Vitosh, a son, Lee Ray Ver Steegh and a sister, Edna and a brother, Floyd Ver Steegh.