Pella Chronicle


August 24, 2012

Jerry Van Hal

Pella — Jerry Lee Van Hal was born on November 20, 1940, to Jacob and Dena (Spoelstra) Van Hal near Sully, Iowa.  He went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, while a patient at Mercy Medical Center following a lengthy stay due to complications from surgery and his recent battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.  Jerry attended Sully Christian Grade School and Lynnville-Sully High School.  He made profession of faith at Sully Christian Reformed Church.  Jerry had a strong love for the Lord and the preaching of God’s Word.

On June 29, 1962, Jerry was united in marriage with Darlene Bensink at First Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa.  They were best friends through fifty wonderful years of marriage.  To this union four children were born: Darla, Denise, Joel, and Todd.  They farmed in the Sully and Pella areas.  Then Jerry worked at Vermeer Manufacturing for twenty years, retiring in 2008.

Jerry was a faithful member of Covenant Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa.  He also enjoyed volunteering at the Bibles 4 Missions Thrift Center with his wife, Darlene.  Jerry loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially the times when they could all be together.  One of his favorite hobbies was woodworking.  He enjoyed building unique wooden construction equipment and trucks in his shop, many of which were auctioned off to support Christian education.  He also was a huge John Deere fan and had a large collection of farm toys including several pieces of equipment that he had used on the farm.

Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Darlene; his four children, their spouses, and his grandchildren: Darla (Russ) Dykstra (Dustin, Dakota, and Dylan) of Kansas City, Missouri, Denise (Scott) Kimm (Jonathan, Aaron, and Rose Marie) of Churchill, Montana, Joel (Stacy) Van Hal (Mason Wagaman) of Creston, Iowa, and Todd (Diana) Van Hal (Leah and Drew) of Eldridge, Iowa; his siblings: Geurt (Carolyn) Van Hal of Palos Heights, Illinois, Sophia Bennink of Des Moines, Iowa, Evelyn Vanden Oever of Chariton, Iowa, Gerrit (Shirley) Van Hal of Pella, Iowa, Cornie (Marinella) Van Hal of Pella, Iowa, Darlene (Glenn) Summers of West Des Moines, Iowa,

Ruth Van Hal of Pella, Iowa, and Nancy (Carl) Jensen of Golden, Colorado; brother-in-law Henry Bensink of Pleasantville, Iowa; brother-in-law Russell Van Genderen of Monroe, Iowa; sister-in-law Marjorie (Floyd) Wilcox of Lancaster, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Dena; sisters Jennie and Helene Van Hal; brother Raymond Van Hal; brothers-in-law Donald Bennink and James Vanden Oever; parents-in-law, Nelis and Esther Bensink; and sisters-in-law Betty Bensink and Ruth Van Genderen.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 13, 2012 at the Covenant Reformed Church in Pella.  Burial took place at the Portergrove Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to: Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 2850 Kalamazoo SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49560-001.

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