John VanLoh

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John VanLohJohn A. VanLoh, age 91, of Westbrook passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Country View Senior Living Community in Walnut Grove.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Westbrook.

Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at the Westbrook Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.  Interment is in Westbrook Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

John A. VanLoh was born July 1, 1920, in Ashton, IA to Jans and Fenna ( Luitjens) VanLoh.  He graduated from Ashton High School in 1938.  John served in the US Army for a short time before being honorably discharged so he could return home to farm with his dad near Ashton.  On November 23, 1945, he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Thies in Ashton.  The couple lived near Ashton before moving to Westbrook in 1948, where John continued to farm.  In addition to farming, he was a Farm Bureau member, seed corn dealer, and did custom baling.  Even in retirement John enjoyed working around the farm site.  John came to know the Lord as his personal Savior early in life and served the Lord faithfully for 60 years as a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.  He served as Sunday School Superintendent, deacon, church treasurer, usher, and church camp board member.  John enjoyed assembling jigsaw puzzles and playing table games.

John is survived by his children: Dave (Carolyn) VanLoh of Westbrook, Carol (Dave) Gerke of Longmont, CO, Paul (Susan) VanLoh of Curitiba, Brazil, and Mary (Alan) Smith of Mt. Vernon, WA; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; siblings: Johanna Kraph of Sheldon, IA, Fred (Rose) VanLoh of Sheldon, IA, Reynold VanLoh of Ft. Worth, TX, Marlene (Dale) Slykhuis of Ashton, IA; and brother-in-law Ted Rensink of Sheldon, IA.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, and sisters Katie Rensink and Henrietta VanLoh.


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