Maynard Van Roekel Obituary – The Des Moines Register

Maynard Van Roekel was born on May 2, 1933 in Oskaloosa, Iowa to Art Van Roekel and Nellie Breuklander. Although he solely lived in Pella for just a few years earlier than the household moved to Des Moines, he was all the time pleased with his Dutch heritage and intently linked to his many aunts, uncles and cousins. Maynard died Friday, September 1, 2023 on the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton together with his household at his facet.Maynard graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1951 and went to work for Northwestern Bell as a lineman. He then attended Radio TV tech faculty in Chicago earlier than becoming a member of Boeing Aircraft in 1952 the place he labored on repairing bombing and navigation methods.Maynard joined the Air Force in 1955 and was stationed in Denver, Colorado the place he taught electronics. He met his spouse Betty within the youth group of a Presbyterian Church the place they married in 1957. Maynard was discharged in 1959, and so they moved to Boone, Iowa in order that Maynard may attend Iowa State University.Maynard graduated in 1965 with a level in Operational Engineering and went to work for IBM as a Systems Engineer, touring all around the state of Iowa tailoring software program to fulfill his purchasers’ wants till he retired in 1988. Maynard and Betty raised 3 children in West Des Moines the place they have been energetic members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Maynard lent his highly effective bass voice to the church choir for a number of a long time. They moved to Johnston after retirement. They continued to dwell there for a number of years, spending winters in Prescott, AZ the place they have been very energetic in a neighborhood mountaineering group. After 49 years of marriage, Betty handed away in 2006, and Maynard moved to retirement communities in Ankeny after which Iowa Falls the place he spent the final 10 years.Maynard was an avid mannequin railroader with a lifelong fascination for steam engines. He created an index for the Narrow Gauge Short Line Gazette to facilitate sharing his love of all issues prepare associated with different mannequin railroaders. He was additionally a talented woodworker, constructing stunning walnut desks, tables, dressers and different furnishings, and he shared his experience with others as president for the Woodworkers Association of Des Moines. Maynard cherished tenting in nationwide parks, taking the household on lengthy journeys throughout almost each state within the US in addition to Canada and Mexico.Maynard is survived by his 3 kids: Kathy (Philip) Broer of Iowa Falls, Iowa, Karen Van Roekel of Alexandria, Virginia, and Kirk (Young) Van Roekel of Elgin, Texas; 5 grandchildren: Sarah (Ryder) Broer, Henry Broer, Sarah Clark, Ace Van Roekel, and David Van Roekel, his brother Art Van Roekel, and sister Marcia Van Roekel, a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in loss of life by his mother and father and spouse Betty whom he mourned till his loss of life.A memorial visitation with household current can be from 3:00pm to five:00pm, Sunday, October 8, 2023 at Iles Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50322. The household will meet the next day, Monday, October 9, 2023 at 10:30am for interment of his urn at Oak Wood Cemetery, Pella, Iowa.Maynard’s visitation can be dwell streamed on the Iles web site. Go to simply earlier than 3:00pm Sunday, October 8, and scroll to the underside of his obituary for the hyperlink to hitch the visitation.Posted on-line on September 10, 2023Published in Des Moines Register

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