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Henry A Van Roekel

Zoon van Hendrik (Henry) van Roekel en Aaltje (Allie) van der Ploeg, geboren 10-5-1918 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 7-8-2003 USA IA Sioux County en begraven USA IA Sioux Center Memory Gardens

Trouwt 5-12-1945 USA IA Sioux Center Alice Franken, dochter van Art E Franken en Hermina Rozeboom, geboren 5-2-1921 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 12-4-1999 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens


  1. Conrad Lloyd (Con) Van Roekel, geboren 9-10-1946 USA IA Sioux Center
  2. Ila Rae Van Roekel, geboren 24-3-1950 USA IA Sioux Center
  3. Claryce Van Roekel, geboren 7-1-1954 USA IA Sioux Center
  4. Loren Bruce Van Roekel, geboren 5-4-1957 USA IA Sioux Center
  5. Mark Henry Van Roekel, geboren 16-7-1962 USA IA Sioux Center


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Henry was born in Sioux Center on May 10, 1918 to Henry and Allie Van Roekel. He attended country school in Center Twp. No. 2. He worked with his father on the farm, eventually taking over the family farm.

Alice was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Sioux Center to Art E. and Hermina Franken. She attended the country school in Welcome Twp. No. 8. Alice helped on their family farm, also working for other families in the area.

On Dec. 5, 1945, at her parents home Alice and Henry ware married. They moved to Henry's family farm and farmed there until 1969. The family moved to Sioux Center, and Henry started working with Sioux Preme Pack. Alice continued working for the Holland House, working there for 22 years. Henry retired from Sioux Preme, but is still busy driving truck and various other chores for Ken Hulstein and Sioux Automation. Alice is presently working part-time as a customer greeter for Wal Mart.

Henry and Alice have five children: Conrad, born Oct. 9, 1946; Ila, born March 24, 1950; Claryce, born Jan. 7, 1954; Loren, born April 5, 1957; Mark, born July 16, 1962. Conrad, Ila, and Claryce attended country school, but when the country schools were closed they attended Sioux Center Schools. All five of the Van Roekel children graduated from Sioux Center Schools.

Henry and Alice Van Roekel family: Front row: Corey Schuiteman, Craig Schuiteman, Chad
Schuiteman, Alice and Henry Van Roekel, Tom Harskamp, Tim Harskamp. Second row: Claryce
Schuiteman, Sharon Van Roekel, Pat Van Roekel, Sherri Van Roekel, Lisa Gritters, Shantelle
Harskamp, Ila Harskamp. Third row: Mark Schuiteman, Loren Van Roekel, Con Van Roekel,
Scott Van Roekel, Mark Van Roekel, Dave Harskamp

After graduating from high school, Con attended De Vry Technical School in Chicago, Illinois. Con met Pat Marema while going to school in Chicago and they ware married there on July 7,1968. Con was drafted into the army after graduating from De Vry and served for a time in Vietnam. He was discharged from the army in 1970. He returned to college at this time, going to Western Michigan Univ. in Kalamazoo, Mich. They made their home there until 1972. Con got a job with Burroughs Corp. in Chicago. Pat worked with International Harvestore. They lived in Chicago until Jan., 1977, then moving back to Northwest Iowa. Con is presently employed with Jesco in Sioux Center, and Pat works with Vet Pharm in Sioux Center. Con and Pat have two children: Sherri, born Nov. 16, 1973, in Chicago, and Scott, born act. 17, 1977, in Sioux Center.

After graduating from high school, Ila attended Nettleton College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ila married David Harskamp on August 22, 1970 in Sioux Center. While Dave finished college at UNI, Ila worked for a bank in Cedar Falls. After graduation Dave taught in Waterloo for 1 year, then the family moved to Early, Ia., where Dave taught with the Crestland School district. In 1976, the Harskamps moved to Sioux Center where Dave worked with Van Roekel Real Estate. He is presently the Industrial Arts teacher in Sioux Center High School, and Ila works with Moeller Insurance Agency. Dave and Ila have three children: Shantelle, born Nov. 28, 1972, in Cedar Falls, Ia.; Timothy, born June 25, 1976, in Sioux Center, Ia.; Thomas, born Jan. 18, 1978, in Sioux Center.

Claryce graduated from high school and attended Northwestern College in O.C. for two years. Claryce married Mark Schuiteman on July 11, 1975 in Sioux Center. After graduating from ISU, Mark started farming with his dad and brother, and Claryce worked as a secretary at Kinsey Elementary School. After living on an acreage near the home farm, Mark and Claryce moved into a home in Sioux Center. Mark and Claryce have three sons: Corey, born February 20, 1980 in Sioux Center; Craig born Nov. 4, 1981 in Sioux Center; Chad, born March 6, 1985 in Sioux Center.

Loren graduated from high school and attended WIT in Sioux City. After graduating from WIT he worked in Sioux City for a time as a draftsman, but left to take a job with circle K in Sheldon. In Jan., 1985, he moved to Florida where he met Sharon Whitlock. In Nov., 1985, the entire Van Roekel family spent Thanksgiving in Alabama to attend their wedding. Loren and Sharon have bought a home in Tampa, Florida. Loren is presently employed with Work Place Office Supplies and Sharon works for Curry Funeral Home as office manager.

Mark graduated from high school and attended Gateway Electronics in Omaha. After graduation he moved back to Sioux Center, and is presently working for JLM Swine.

By Clarice Schuiteman

Iowa Gravestone Project:
Sioux Center Memory Gardens Cemetery, Sioux County, Iowa
Between 3rd & 4th E-W roads, Row 3 east of the west entry road.
Alice 1921-1999, Henry 1918-2003:
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Obituaries of Alice and Henry

Alice Van Roekel, 78, of Sioux Center died Monday, April 12, 1999 at the Sioux Center Community Hospital. Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Rev. Mark De Witt officiated. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center under the direction of the Memorial Funeral Home.

Alice was born Feb. 5,1921 in Sioux Center, the daughter of Art E. and Hermina (Rozeboom) Franken. She attended country school. On Dec. 5, 1945 she married Henry Van Roekel at her parents' home. The couple farmed until 1968 when they moved to Sioux Center. Mrs. Van Roekel was a member of the First Reformed Church where she was an active member of the Ruth Circle and also babysit for MOPS ministry. She enjoyed greeting people at Wal-Mart for many years.

Sunvivors include her husband; three sons and their wives, Con and Pat Van Roekel and Mark and Lisa Van Roekel, all of Sioux Center and Loren and Sharon Van Roekel of Fountain Valley, Calif.; two daughters and their husbands, Ila and Dave Harskamp and Claryce and Mark Schuiteman, all of Sioux Center; 14 grandchildren, Sherri and Daron Van Beek, Scott Van Roekel, Shantelle and Greg Bleeker, Tim and Tom Harskamp, Corey, Craig and Chad Schuiteman, Alex Van Roekel, and Brody, Nicholas and Joshua Van Roekel; two great-granddaughters, Brooke and Lauren Bleeker; two brothers and their wives, Everett (her twin) and Gertrude Franken and John and Darlene Franken, all of Sioux Center; two sisters and their husbands, Louise and Gerrit Robert Hulstein and Arlene and Joel Bensema, all of Sioux Center.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Evert, and a sister, Johanna.

Sioux County Capital 1999-04-22.

Henry A. Van Roekel was born May 10, 1918 to Henry & Allie (VanderPloeg) Van Roekel in Sioux Center, Iowa and was raised on a farm west of Sioux Center. On December 5, 1945 he was united in marriage to Alice Franken at her parents home in rural Sioux Center. Henry and Alice lived and farmed west of Sioux Center where many of Henry's hours were also spent riding horseback with neighbors and the saddle club. In 1968 the family moved into Sioux Center where Henry was employed at Sioux Preme Pack for over 15 years.

After retirement he enjoyed work at various places including Schuiteman Farms, Sioux Automation, Ken Hulstein Farm and Jesco. He always enjoyed riding his motorcycle but his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially watching them participate in sporting events. Henry entered the Sioux Center Nursing Home in December, 2000 where he received very compassionate and loving care. Henry was a member of the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center for his entire life.

Survivors include his children, Conrad and Pat Van Roekel of Sioux Center; Ila and Dave Harskamp of Sioux Center; Claryce and Mark Schuiteman of Sioux Center; Loren and Sharon Van Roekel of Fountain Valley, CA; and Mark and Lisa Van Roekel of Sioux Center. Grandchildren, Sherri and Daron Van Beek; Scott and Jennifer Van Roekel; Shantelle and Greg Bleeker, Tim Harskamp, Tom and Dana Harskamp; Corey, Craig and Chad Schuiteman; Alex Van Roekel; Brody, Nicholas, Joshua and Marisa Van Roekel. Great Grandchildren, Brooke, Lauren and Dayle Bleeker and Carson Van Beek. Sisters, Cynthia and Henry Van Regenmorter, Harriet Meendering and Ellen Van Roekel. In-laws Grace Van Roekel, Aldine Van Roekel, Evert and Gert Franken, Gerrit and Louise Hulstein, John A. Franken and Joel and Arlene Bensema.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Alice in April, 1999; his parents, and brothers Neal, Garret, lony, and John; his sisters Tena Sneller, Fannie sneller, Carrie Franken and Fannie Van Roekel (1916).

Siouxland Express 2003-08-13.

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