Marion G. Van Zee was born on a farm west of Pella on May 15, 1931. He died May 14, 2013, one day before his 82nd birthday. His parents were Gerrit F. and Maria (Valster) Van Zee. He was 1 ½ years old when the family moved to the Crookham farm near Leighton, Iowa. He attended the Centennial Country School. His father became blind during Marion’s infancy and died when Marion was eleven years old.
Marion and his brother, Fred, farmed for his mother until Marion was called into service for his country. The family then left the farm and moved to Pella. Marion served his country on the front line during the Korean Conflict from February 13, 1952 until November 13, 1953. On November 24, 1953, Marion was united in marriage with Mary Lois Van Vark. They lived all their married life in four different homes within one block on East 1st Street and on a farm near Pella. Marion and Mary Lois were blessed with five children: Connie Eileen, Carma Jean, Galen Mark, Kevin Keith, and Madona Diane.
Marion made profession of faith at the Christian Reformed Church in Leighton, Iowa, on February 25, 1951. He later transferred to the Third Reformed Church in Pella, where he remained a faithful member until his death.
Marion worked for Andeweg Transfer, Wilbur Van Ee, and Pella Canning Factory. He farmed three years for Ralph Kuiper and worked 34 years for Pella Corporation. He retired in 1994.
Marion enjoyed the outdoors and loved deer hunting in Nebraska with his sons. He helped various family members on the farm and did numerous painting jobs. He shoveled snow, sawed down trees, and cut wood for various people. He did it all joyfully as unto the Lord. Marion always helped people without pay and said it was his mission work. He dealt with a 15-year illness and never complained, often saying “we have it good, don’t we, Ma.”
Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Mary Lois, of nearly 60 years; his five children and their spouses: 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother, Will Van Zee; and three sisters: Rena Van Donselaar, Cornelia Vos, and Wilma Spoelstra. He will be greatly missed.
Marion was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Charles and Elizabeth Van Vark; and brothers, Fred Van Zee and Edward Van Zee.