William Vande Kamp

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 10, 2010

William James “Jim” Vande Kamp, 79, Mason City, Iowa, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at the Manly Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
A memorial service for William will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 1405 South Pennsylvania, Mason City, with the Rev. Steve Hansen and the Rev. Keith Scott officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. 
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. NE, Mason City, is in charge of the arrangements.
William James “Jim” Vande Kamp was born on April 21, 1930, in Hollandale, the son of Henry and Nellie (Post) Vande Kamp. He was united in marriage to Charlotte Ann Ruble on Nov. 13, 1948, in Albert Lea. William worked at Wilson’s & Co. and Vandegrift Dairy Equipment in Albert Lea. William worked for James Refrigeration in Mason City until starting his own business, Vande Kamp Service in Mason City, until his retirement in 2005.
William enjoyed tending the flower bed in East Park next to the railroad in Mason City for several years. William also enjoyed family gatherings, traveling, flower gardens and holidays with his family.
William was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Toastmasters, Mason City Garden Club and was a lay minister for the United Methodist Church. 
Those left to cherish his memory are his children: Polly (Paul) Hillman of Glenville, and their children; Ryan, Christine and Lori, Tim (Kristie) Vande Kamp of Canby, Ore., and their children, Hanna and Charlene, Jeff (Virginia) Vande Kamp of Hollandale, and their children, Josh and Heather, Kathy (Phil) Best of Mason City, and their children, Laura, Jason, Christina and Brad, and Marty (Julie) Vande Kamp of Blaine, Wash.; and their children, Valerie, Luke, James, and Veronica, son-in-law, Roger Thompson of Clarks Grove; and his children, Jake, Frank, and Courtney, dear friend, Betty Cook; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five sisters: Tracy (Doug) Vandegrift of Albert Lea, Sue Wallin of Glenville, Eva (Walter) Karsjens of Hollandale, Sarah (John) Ekema of Pella, and Vivie (James) Loverink of Hollandale; three sisters-in-law: Marie Vande Kamp, Ardie Vandezyl and Donna Ruble-Hintze; brothers-in-law: Charles (Molly) Ruble, Henry (Charlotte) Ruble, Bruce (Becky) Ruble, Robert (Jane) Ruble, Karl (Cheryl) Ruble Peter (Mary Jane) Ruble, Charles Pauzenga, and many other extended family members and friends.
William was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Nellie; wife, Charlotte in November 1995; daughter, Kristine in 1987; two brothers: Walter and Gary Vande Kamp; two brothers in infancy; and three sisters; Ada Menninga Nellie Pauzenga, and Loretta Harmsen; five brothers-in-law: Hilbert Menninga, Neal Harmsen, Merlin Wallin, Roger Ruble and Douglas Ruble.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372, www.colonialchapels.com.

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