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Ivan C. “Ike” Vande Weerd

Tue, Aug 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Ivan C. “Ike” Vande Weerd, age 81, of Preston, Minn., died suddenly Friday morning, August 2, 2013, in Chatfield following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ike was born November 26, 1931, on the family farm in York Township, Fillmore Co., Minn., the son of Evert and Bertha (Hebrink) VandeWeerd. He attended country schools. He worked construction until serving with the US Navy from January 4, 1951, until November 16, 1954, during the Korean War on the USS Rowan DD 782 as a seaman. He married Ruth Elaine Schwartz September 30, 1956, in Preston where the couple made their home. He worked in construction following his marriage, drove school bus for 33 years starting in September 1961 and retiring in 1994 then substitute drove for a number of years and was also a longtime custodian at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. He also worked for Thauwald Funeral Home for many years.

Ike was a 50 year plus and Life Member of the Preston VFW and had served as commander in 1975. He was also a member of the “round table” at the Preston Serviceman’s Club for many years and placed the wreath in the Root River during Memorial Day festivities. He also was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed coin collecting, hunting, fishing, card playing, traveling and spending time with his family.

Ike is survived by his wife, Ruthie; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deb and Kim Brastrom of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Denise and Ron Vierling of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; one granddaughter, Lindy Brastrom; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by twin infant daughters, Dawn and Darcy; and two brothers, Eugene and Gordon VandeWeerd.

The funeral was on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Christ Lutheran Church with Rev. Dave Jore officiating.

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