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Rodney J. Vellinga
Rodney J. Vellinga March 3, 1920-October 25, 2020 Rodney John Vellinga, age 100, passed away on October 25, 2020, at the home of his son, Tim Vellinga, in Lamy, New Mexico. Rodney was born on March 3, 1920, in West Branch Township, Iowa, the son of Henry and Dena Vellinga. He married Irene Van Wyk in 1943 and, together, they had 7 children. The family lived on a farm near Ireton, and later, on a farm near Alton. The family moved into Orange City in 1964 when Rodney began work at the Orange City Elevator. Rodney's greatest accomplishment was being a loving father and grandfather. In small and big ways, he gave his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren many stories of grace and courage. Those stories formed our hearts, our vision and our actions. He will be forever remembered for his kindness and gentleness. Wonderful memories of Grandpa's grandchildren include his amazingly consistent golf swing, his moped gang cruising the town (and letting the kids take an occasional spin ), the wooden clocks he made for each of them, the dollar he gave them if they would say the Lord's Prayer at big family dinners. He was a dedicated caregiver when Irene was ill. A highlight of his life was a trip to Washington, DC, on an Honor Flight in 2009. Rodney and Irene spent many winters in South Texas where they made life-long friends. Rodney is survived by his brother, Bob Vellinga, sister-in-law, Leola TeGrotenhuis, sons Rodney D. Vellinga (Cathy), of Sioux City, David Vellinga (Nancy), of Des Moines, Mark Vellinga (Miriam), of Orange City, Tim Vellinga (Jennifer), of Lamy, New Mexico, and daughters Adriana Attleson, of Mason CIty, and Deb Netten (Ron), of Storm Lake. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents, sisters Bertha VanderStoep, Helen Korver, Nell Mouw, Wilma Klopfenstein, and brothers John Vellinga, and Harvey Vellinga, son Steven in 1968, his wife, Irene, in 2013, and son-in-law Dick Attleson in 2017. There will be a private family service on Saturday, October 31, at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa, with Oolman Funeral Home presiding. A live stream service is available for the public on their website, www.oolman.com . In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.
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In memory of
Rodney J. Vellinga
Rodney J. Vellinga March 3, 1920-October 25, 2020 Rodney John Vellinga, age 100, passed away on October 25, 2020, at the home of his son, Tim Vellinga, in Lamy, New Mexico. Rodney was born on March 3, 1920, in West Branch Township, Iowa, the son of Henry and Dena Vellinga. He married Irene Van Wyk in 1943 and, together, they had 7 children. The family lived on a farm near Ireton, and later, on a farm near Alton. The family moved into Orange City in 1964 when Rodney began work at the Orange City Elevator. Rodney's greatest accomplishment was being a loving father and grandfather. In small and big ways, he gave his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren many stories of grace and courage. Those stories formed our hearts, our vision and our actions. He will be forever remembered for his kindness and gentleness. Wonderful memories of Grandpa's grandchildren include his amazingly consistent golf swing, his moped gang cruising the town (and letting the kids take an occasional spin ), the wooden clocks he made for each of them, the dollar he gave them if they would say the Lord's Prayer at big family dinners. He was a dedicated caregiver when Irene was ill. A highlight of his life was a trip to Washington, DC, on an Honor Flight in 2009. Rodney and Irene spent many winters in South Texas where they made life-long friends. Rodney is survived by his brother, Bob Vellinga, sister-in-law, Leola TeGrotenhuis, sons Rodney D. Vellinga (Cathy), of Sioux City, David Vellinga (Nancy), of Des Moines, Mark Vellinga (Miriam), of Orange City, Tim Vellinga (Jennifer), of Lamy, New Mexico, and daughters Adriana Attleson, of Mason CIty, and Deb Netten (Ron), of Storm Lake. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents, sisters Bertha VanderStoep, Helen Korver, Nell Mouw, Wilma Klopfenstein, and brothers John Vellinga, and Harvey Vellinga, son Steven in 1968, his wife, Irene, in 2013, and son-in-law Dick Attleson in 2017. There will be a private family service on Saturday, October 31, at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa, with Oolman Funeral Home presiding. A live stream service is available for the public on their website, www.oolman.com . In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.
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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

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  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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  • An entry in your loved one’s Legacy guest book, noting your contribution.
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This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improving forest health, improving area watersheds, and will provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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