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Memorial Funeral Home
12 Sixteenth Street SE Sioux Center IA 51250
Phone: 712-722-0791
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Vel Shicks
Vel Shicks, 80 of Sioux Center, Iowa died Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, Iowa.
A visitation with the family present will be held on Sunday March 1 from 1:30-2:30PM at the Christ Community Church of Sioux Center.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March1 at 2:30PM at the Christ Community Church with Rev. Dan Kruse and Rev. David Addink officiating.
A graveside committal service will be held Monday March 2, at 3:30PM at Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center with Rev. Randy Widbin, officiating.
The Shicks family prefers memorials to Hidden Acres Christian Center, 3837 Union Avenue, Dayton, IA 50530
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center and Complete obituary at
Vel Shicks was born on October 24, 1934 in Urbana, IL to his parents, Oscar and Pearl (Hoffee) Shicks. As a teen, Vel attended church camp and it was there that he came to understand God’s great love for him and his need to respond to Christ’s offer of salvation through faith. This commitment to the Lord set in motion a lifetime of loving and serving God.
Vel’s childhood was filled with family camping trips, church involvement, and accordion lessons. As an adult, Vel obtained a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling. He served in the Army in the Korean War. After his discharge, he continued teaching school.
Vel met the love of his life, Pat Van Gilder, and they were married on August 8, 1959. The Shicks moved to Dundee, IL and soon welcomed a daughter, Ruth and son, Bryan. Vel continued his career in education as a teacher and principal. He also enjoyed being a part-time professor at Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. He continued his education and graduated with a degree in Old Testament studies from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
Through the years, Vel held several church ministry positions such as youth group sponsor, Sunday School Superintendent, choir director, Sunday School teacher and elder. As a couple, Vel and Pat welcomed many missionaries and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining friends and family in their home.
Vel’s hobbies included camping with his family, singing, collecting antiques and railroad memorabilia, gardening, photography and oil painting.
In 1977, Vel accepted the call to go in to full-time Christian ministry as camp director for the Central District of the Evangelical Free Church. Vel directed several summers of youth and family camps, renting retreat and conference centers around Iowa. It was in the summer of 1979 that Vel and Pat were driving around the beautiful countryside near Dayton, IA. They “stumbled” upon a hidden 640-acre piece of property, undeveloped, but lush with ravines, trees, pastures, a creek and bountiful wildlife. The campaign to “Own Our Own” began and soon the property was purchased by the District and named, Hidden Acres Christian Center.
Later, Vel and Pat sensed a calling to minister to and with those struggling with dependency on alcohol and other drugs. They founded Naaman Recovery Ministries. Together, they co-wrote the “Mountain Mover’s” Bible study support group curriculum. Groups gathered in churches, prisons, rescue missions and homes all around the United States and in the Philippines. Many people came to know and embrace the One who gave His life for them - Jesus. Addictions were broken and relationships restored as these precious friends studied and applied God’s Word. Today, Mountain Movers continues to be used mainly in rescue missions.
In preparing for retirement, Vel and Pat moved to Sioux Center in 1993. Vel taught English as a Second Language and took the opportunity to use the Bible in his curriculum. Many still kindly refer to him as Mr. Vel, their English professor. The Shicks attended New Life Reformed Church.
In 2000, Vel retired from full-time ministry finding time to travel with Pat. Grandchildren were growing up and trips to see them were a highlight. Vel’s children and grandchildren have fond memories of him praying with them, asking questions about their walk with the Lord, and hearing their stories from school activities and Christian camping ministry.
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Vel and Pat enjoyed a Dr. David Jeremiah sponsored Alaskan cruise. It truly was a trip of a lifetime. Sadly, toward the end of the cruise Vel suffered a life-changing stroke.
In November of 2012, Vel became a resident of Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, IA. Vel and Pat read Scripture together, sang, and enjoyed getting to know the wonderful staff and residents. A few weeks ago, while Vel was still strong enough to communicate, Bryan and his dad had a pleasant and final conversation on the phone. One day in the final week of Vel’s life, Pat was holding his face in her hands and whispering to Vel how much she loved him. He responded by saying, “I love you.” These were the last words he spoke. On February, 21, with his wife and daughter on either side of him, Vel took his last breath on earth and his first breath in heaven.
Those left to recall many wonderful memories include: Vel’s wife of 56 years, Pat of Sioux Center; a daughter, Ruth and Dale Landegent of Sioux Center and their family: Titus and Magdalene Landegent of Sioux Center and their sons, Raymond and Ezra; Bethany and Carson Norine of Blair, NE and their sons, Jackson and Cooper; Marina Landegent and Tony Landegent, both of Sioux Center; Vel’ son, Bryan Shicks of Crandon, WI, and his family, John-Bryan and Emily Shicks of Green Bay, WI and their daughter, Arianna; and Bryanna Shicks of Akron, CO.
Florence Den Herder
Florence Den Herder, 90, of Sioux Center, IA, died Saturday, February 14, 2015, at her Sioux Center residence.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6:30-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
A prayer service for family and friends will be held on Thursday at 1:30PM at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center. Interment will follow the prayer service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2:30PM at the First Reformed Church with Rev. Travis Else officiating.
The Den Herder family prefers memorials to Words of Hope.
Complete obituary at
Florence Edith (Meendering) Den Herder was born on November 17, 1924 to Gerrit and Grace (Roskam) Meendering in Springfield, South Dakota. She was raised on farms near Springfield, South Dakota, Doon and Sioux Center, Iowa. She received education through the eighth grade.
On July 25, 1947, Florence married Glenn Den Herder in Sioux Center. The couple made their home on a farm west of Sioux Center where they milked cows and raised four children. When her children grew older, Florence worked in the laundry of the Sioux Center Community Hospital.
She is a member of First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, where she was active in the women’s guild.
Florence was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. One of her great joys was spending time with her grandchildren. She would often feed them breakfast while they waited for the school bus in the morning. She was always ready to play a friendly, yet competitive, game of UNO. She and Glenn enjoyed going on fishing trips with friends and camping trips with family. After Glenn passed away she enjoyed traveling to the Netherlands and various places in the United States with her daughter, Glenda. Florence also enjoyed painting scenic pictures which she would often present to family and friends.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Linda and Arlen Doorenbos of Boyden, IA; Terrill and Debora Den Herder of Grandville, MI; Glenda and Steve Hansen of Sioux City, IA; Robert and Suzanne Den Herder of Sioux Center; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; an infant daughter, Gwen Lynn; her parents; grandson-in-law, Jason Young; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Harold and Johanna Meendering; Andrew and Ella Meendering; Albert G. and Harriet Meendering and one sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Les Nieuwenhuis.
Herlon Baker
Herlon Baker, 65, of Sioux Center, IA, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at Sioux Center Health.
Herlon Baker, 65, of Sioux Center, IA, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at Sioux Center Health.
A funeral will be held on Monday at 10:30AM at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. Travis Else officiating. Interment will follow the service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
The Baker family prefers memorials to Sioux Center Home Health & Hospice or Village Northwest.
Complete obituary at
Herlon Jay Baker was born June 28, 1949 to Henry and Bernice (Kroon) Baker in Orange City, Iowa. He grew up in Sioux Center with his brother and sister, Larry and Sally Baker. Herlon graduated from Sioux Center High School with the Class of 1967.
Herlon was united in marriage with Margene Punt on January 17, 1969. After working for a short while in Des Moines, Iowa, Herlon volunteered to enlist in the United States Navy on January 27, 1969. Herlon’s tour in the Navy started at the Naval Recruit Training Station, San Diego, followed by communications school in Pensacola, Florida, where his daughter, Kim, was born. He then was assigned to a year of unaccompanied duty in Keflavik, Iceland with the Naval Security Group Activity. Due to his large physical size, his nicknames were “Moose” and “Herk” (short for Hercules). After his year in Iceland, he rejoined his wife and daughter for two years at the Naval Communications Station in San Diego, California, where Robbie was born. Herlon was honorably discharged from the United States Navy on February 15, 1973.
Following his enlistment, Herlon moved with his family to Ames, Iowa. While there, he attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. Herlon and Margene made a difficult decision to leave Iowa and move to Rochester, New York, where Herlon worked as an industrial engineer with Eastman Kodak. Herlon and Margene accepted a transfer from Kodak to temporarily relocate to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1982. They returned to Rochester in 1983 until their children graduated from high school and college. Herlon finished his work with Kodak in 1994 and transitioned to volunteer work at Park Ridge Hospital near their home in Rochester. Herlon and Margene returned to Sioux Center in 2002, and Herlon continued his volunteer work at Kinsey Elementary School in Sioux Center.
Herlon enjoyed gardening, playing softball and basketball, going bowling, building furniture from wood, making home improvements, fishing, feeding birds in their backyard, constructing a model railroad, reading spy novels, and cleaning up his car. His favorite vehicle was his 1979 Chrysler Cordoba. Herlon was active for many years at Lakeview Community Church in Rochester, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and serving on many committees and as an Elder, and playing on the church softball team. In Sioux Center, he enjoyed daily walks, meals with family, going to the Sioux Center Warrior basketball and football games, and playing board games with his grandchildren. Herlon and Margene were inseparable.
While most of their family vacations were spent visiting family in Iowa, Herlon also traveled to the Adirondack Mountains and the Finger Lakes in New York; Kennebunkport, Maine; and Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park in Colorado. Herlon often traveled to visit his adult children wherever they were living from California, to North Carolina, and Arizona. Kim took her Dad to see his beloved New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium and Robbie took him to see his beloved Cyclones in Ames.
Herlon is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 46 years, Margene; their daughter and son-in-law Kim and Tim Proctor of Phoenix, Arizona; his son and daughter-in-law, Robbie and Jenny Baker of Ames, Iowa; and his grandchildren, Jackson, Adam, and Jane Baker.
Herlon will be missed by his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Becky Baker of Canby, Oregon; his sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Mike Dieltz of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Adam and Marlene Punt, Stan and Wanda Punt, Willard Rensink, all of Sioux Center; and several nieces and nephews.
Herlon was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Bernice Baker, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gerrit and Edna Punt, and his sister-in-law, Gracia Rensink, all of Sioux Center.
We thank God for giving Herlon to us for 65 years, and his unforgettable influence upon our lives. We praise the Lord that he has received God’s promise of life eternal and everlasting love.

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