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Wesley Van Dyk



A celebration of life for Wesley Van Dyk, 69, of Kalona will be held Friday, February 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Kalona United Methodist Church with Pastor Gerry Kahler officiating.  An hour of visitation will be held from 10 – 11AM. A memorial fund has been established for Hospice of Washington County.  Wesley Van Dyk passed away peacefully on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Parkveiw Home in Wellman, surrounded by his family.

Wesley Van Dyk was born October 7, 1945 in Patterson, NJ, the son of Myndert and Madeline (Seiferth) Van Dyk. He graduated from Eastern Christian High School and Calvin College and Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI with a Masters in Divinity.  Wesley and Ellen Stob were united in marriage in Grand Rapids, MI in 1967.  He was a minister in the Christian Reformed Church for many years, and a member of Alcoholic Anonymous. Wes enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading, biking, and taking walks with his grandson.

Survivors include his wife Ellen, two daughters: Amy Van Dyk and husband Shawn Robertson, Elizabeth Van Dyk and one grandson, Lucas Robertson all of Kalona.

Preceding Wes in death were his parents and one sister, Carolyn Bryant.

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Guestbook

Sandy and I loved Wes and his messages at Hamilton CRC. The church was at it's highest point when he ministered there. Our deepest sympathy. Mike & Sandy Brinks

Michael Brinks Mar 31 2015 12:00 AM

Sandy and I loved Wes and his messages at Hamilton CRC. The church was at it's highest point when he ministered there. Our deepest sympathy. Mike & Sandy Brinks

Michael Brinks Mar 31 2015 12:00 AM

Awesome Pastor and totally real person. Left us way too soon. Sincere sympathy to all friends, family and parishioners who loved him, too.

Lorraine Fleming Mar 12 2015 12:00 AM

To Wes's family; When my husband was in medical school (1983-1987) we attended Trinity CRC, where Wes pastored.The church, under his leadership, was warm and welcoming.One year, I worked with Pam Feenstra, to organize a "Nine Lessons and Carols" Christmas choir worship service. I have worshipped with other reformed churches and some of them are lead by men who are very controlling...wanting to place people whom they hand pick into working positions within the church.Wes was not like that.He seemed to understand that God brings a variety of strengths and needs into His church.Sometimes there are puzzle pieces (that a church needs) hiding within unexpected people!Wes knew this and was able to permit and encourage people to take risks and build within the life of the church. I have often realized what a great gift it was to have been in a church like Trinity CRC, under the shepherding Wes VanDyke. I am sorry for your significant loss.I rejoice with you as you celebrate his life and his new place in heaven.

Anna Burns Feb 22 2015 12:00 AM

To Wes's family; When my husband was in medical school (1983-1987) we attended Trinity CRC, where Wes pastored.The church, under his leadership, was warm and welcoming.One year, I worked with Pam Feenstra, to organize a "Nine Lessons and Carols" Christmas choir worship service. I have worshipped with other reformed churches and some of them are lead by men who are very controlling...wanting to place people whom they hand pick into working positions within the church.Wes was not like that.He seemed to understand that God brings a variety of strengths and needs into His church.Sometimes there are puzzle pieces (that a church needs) hiding within unexpected people!Wes knew this and was able to permit and encourage people to take risks and build within the life of the church. I have often realized what a great gift it was to have been in a church like Trinity CRC, under the shepherding Wes VanDyke. I am sorry for your significant loss.I rejoice with you as you celebrate his life and his new place in heaven.

Anna Burns Feb 22 2015 12:00 AM

Wes was an important influence in my life...I respected and enjoyed him...His honesty in life was a very helpful guide in my life...RIP, Wes!

William Frech Feb 22 2015 12:00 AM

Glenn and I were classmates of Wes starting in North 4th Street Christian School through Calvin College years.We were saddened to read of his death and extend our sympathy to you, Ellen, and the rest of your family.May our heavenly Father bring you comfort and peace at this very difficult time.

Ruth Ann (Pruiksma) Petzinger Feb 19 2015 12:00 AM

It was my honor to have known Wes and Ellen you know how I feel about you both Prayers and Hugs

Lynn Maat Feb 19 2015 12:00 AM

We have known Wes all of our lives having gone to 2nd CRC as kids, Ruth being in same class at Eastern Christian, sitting next to each other in chapel, walking home from catechism - many memories!We extend to you, Ellen, and all the family our sincere Christian sympathy."He fought the good fight" - God bless!!! Sincerely, Rich & Ruth Van Hoff

Rich & Ruth Van Hoff Feb 18 2015 12:00 AM

We have known Wes all of our lives having gone to 2nd CRC as kids, Ruth being in same class at Eastern Christian, sitting next to each other in chapel, walking home from catechism - many memories!We extend to you, Ellen, and all the family our sincere Christian sympathy."He fought the good fight" - God bless!!! Sincerely, Rich & Ruth Van Hoff

Rich & Ruth Van Hoff Feb 18 2015 12:00 AM

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