August 5, 2013


APRIL 6, 1931 — AUG. 3, 2013


Ruth Van Wyk, 82, of Leighton, died Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.  She was born April 6, 1931 in Mahaska County the daughter of Henry and Irene Andringa Nieuwsma.  On February 2, 1950, she was united in marriage to John G. Van Wyk at the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa.  Ruth was a homemaker who had a servant’s heart, and she gave of her time and talents to many organizations including: Gideon Auxiliary, Farm Bureau, and playing her accordion at area care facilities.  She was always active in the church she and John were attending by helping with Sunday school and Vacation Bible School.  She was a member of the Omega Church in Oskaloosa.  Ruth loved children and felt called to care for and tell the story of Jesus to as many as she could.  She and John had several foster children throughout the years and she always made sure the neighborhood children had a ride to church and Sunday School.  Ruth was also a very talented musician and could play many instruments by ear. She was especially gifted at playing the accordion and won accolades at the Iowa State Fair.  She devoted her life to God and her family.

     Her family includes her husband of over 63 years, John G. Van Wyk of Leighton; five children, Rodney (& Pauline) Van Wyk of Ankeny, Juanita (& Joe) Kuhns of Ankeny, Beverly (& Butch) Van Der Veer of Oskaloosa, Roger (& Rebecca) Van Wyk of Pleasant Hill, and Julie (& Colby) Bryant of Ames; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; her brother, Norman Nieuwsma of Pella; and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Harold, Gelmer and Arvin Nieuwsma; and a sister, Lois Vos.

         Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at the Central Reformed Church in Oskaloosa with Pastor Dave Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Visitation will begin Tuesday after 12 noon in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa and the family will be present at the funeral chapel Tuesday from 5 - 7 P.M. to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the Gideons or to Omega Church in Oskaloosa.


Text Only
  • KIM KIEFER JULY 28, 1962 -- APRIL 12, 2014 NEW SHARON -- Kim Kiefer, 51, of New Sharon, died on Saturday, April 12, 2014. She was born July 28, 1962, in Los Angeles, Calif. She moved to Oskaloosa in 1990. In 2000, Kim and her family moved into the home of Elmer and Carolyn Veldhuizen. E

    April 15, 2014

  • Marvin Feaster obit photo MARVIN FEASTER JULY 15, 1944 -- APRIL 13, 2014 OSKALOOSA -- Marvin Feaster, 69, of Oskaloosa passed away Sunday night, April 13, 2014, at his home in Oskaloosa. Marvin Lee Feaster, son of Roy and Hattie (Bell) Feaster, was born, July 15, 1944, in Oskaloosa. He attended Oskaloosa Schools and then

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alvin Goemaat obit photo ALVIN GOEMAAT MARCH 6, 1925 -- APRIL 17, 2014 PELLA -- Funeral services for Alvin J. Goemaat, of Pella, will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Leighton. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday at the Pella Garden Chapel Funeral Home with family present 5-7

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jack Stout obit photo JACK STOUT JUNE 28, 1942 -- APRIL 10, 2014 OSKALOOSA -- Jack L. Stout, 71, of Oskaloosa, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, at his home in Oskaloosa. Jack Lee Stout, son of Elbert and Elsie Juanita (Roberts) Stout, was born June 28, 1942, in Taintor. He was a 1960 graduate of New Sharon H

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • MELBA JOB OCT. 15, 1922 -- APRIL 9, 2014 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Melba M. Job, 91, of Cape Girardeau, died on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Auburn Creek Assisted Living Facility in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Oct. 15, 1922, in Diehlstadt, Mo., to Clarence and Helen Gist Moore. She married

    April 11, 2014

  • Harlan Caves obit photo HARLAN CAVES MAY 23, 1940 -- APRIL 10, 2014 FREMONT -- Harlan L. Caves, age 73, of Fremont, formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away April 10, 2014, at the Serenity Hospice House in Oskaloosa. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 13, open after 12 p.m. at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with t

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zelda Johnson obit photo ZELDA MAE JOHNSON OCT. 20, 1922 -- APRIL 9, 2014 OSKALOOSA -- Zelda Mae (Myers) Johnson, 91, formerly of Oskaloosa and Ottumwa, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Longmont, Colo. She was born in Fremont on Oct. 20, 1922, the daughter of Ralph and Emma Davis Myers. Ze

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • William Fisher obit photo WILLIAM B. FISHER FEB. 1, 1922 -- APRIL 4, 2014 OSKALOOSA -- William B. Fisher, 92, of Oskaloosa, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab. Center in Oskaloosa. He was born Feb. 1, 1922, in Evans, the son of Robert R. and Mary M. Ridpath Fisher. On June 19, 1943, he

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • NaDean Stefansen obit photo NADEAN STEFANSEN APRIL 14, 1928 -- APRIL 3, 2014 OSKALOOSA -- NaDean A. Stefansen passed peacefully on April 3, 2014. As were her wishes, she will be cremated with a private family burial at a later date. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.hollandcoblefuneralhomes.com NaDean was born to R

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fred Williams obit photo FRED WILLIAMS JAN. 25, 1944 -- MARCH 28, 2014 TRACY -- Fred E. Williams, 70, of Tracy, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born Jan. 25, 1944, at Beacon, the son of Fred and Mildred G. Phipps Williams. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School wit

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

Oskaloosa Shopper
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Photo reprints