Jerald Nelvin Van Wyk was born near Harrison, South Dakota, on September 5, 1939, the son of Herbert and Marie Van Wyk. He passed away at the Pella Regional Health Center on Sunday, August 4, 2013, after a valiant battle with cancer.
As a young boy, he lived near Onawa, Tyconic, and Rodney in northwestern Iowa where he began kindergarten. With his parents, he moved to Sully, Pella, and later Prairie City, Iowa. He graduated from Prairie City High School with the class of 1958 during which time he worked at Caldwell Feed. After graduation he took a job in Pella, first at the Pella Wagon factory and then as an apprentice carpenter for the Roorda & Engbers housing contractors.
He met Dorothy Van Englehoven during the previous summer of 1957, they fell in love, and were married by Dr. P.Y. De Jong at the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella on August 7, 1959. Jerry began working at Pella Rolscsreen Company earlier that spring where he completed a total of fifty years employment, retiring in 2009.
During their first years together they lived in an apartment and then lived at 1212 Broadway in Pella for fifty-two years. They were blessed with five children: Randal, Reggie, Rustan, Karmi, and Rylan.
Jerry will be greatly missed and remembered dearly by: his wife, Dorothy; their five children: Randy (Lynne) Van Wyk of Urbandale, Reggie (Anna) Van Wyk of Peoria, Arizona, Rustan (Cindy) Van Wyk of Lumberton, North Carolina, Karmi Van Wyk of Miami, Florida, and Rylan (Pam) Van Wyk of Pella; his six grandchildren: Derrick, Jessica, Justin, Joel, Kaitlyn and Carey Van Wyk; his siblings: Silvan Jay (Gina) Van Wyk, Harley Van Wyk, Dennis Van Wyk; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clarence (Luella) Van Englehoven.
Jerry was preceded in death by: his parents, Herbert and Marie Van Wyk; his step-mother, Marjorie Van Wyk; his brother, Marvin; his parents-in-law, John and Della Van Englehoven; and their infant son, Gerald Paul.