In loving memory of

Ernest A. Van Weelden
September 20, 1928 - March 31, 2021

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Woden Christian Reformed Church. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Woden Christian Reformed Church. Interment will be in Woden Christian Reformed Cemetery. Social distancing practices will be followed, and masks are recommended. The funeral and graveside will be live-streamed on Oakcrest Funeral Services' Facebook page

Ernest Allen Van Weelden passed away peacefully at his home on the family farm on March 31, 2021 at the age of 92.

Ernie was born on September 20, 1928 to William and Jennie Bouma Van Weelden at the rural Oskaloosa home of his parents, the ninth of fourteen children. He attended school in the Oskaloosa area and grew up helping his father on the family farm. As a boy, Ernie milked cows, plowed fields with a team of horses and later drove his father's tractor and one-row corn picker. Following his education, Ernie began working in the grocery business for Thriftway Grocery Stores.

In 1952, Ernie served his country in Korea as an MP in the Army, stationed near the 38th Parallel. Following his service, Ernie returned to work as a manager for Thriftway Grocery Stores in the Des Moines area.

In 1954, Ernie met Mary Ann Nordman of Wesley, Iowa on a blind date. They were married November 11, 1955 at the Woden Christian Reformed Church and settled in Des Moines. In 1957, Ernie and Mary returned to the family farm near Wesley, where they successfully farmed until their retirement in 1994. They raised three children, including David Jon, a special needs child who touched the lives of all he met until his death at age twenty.

On November 11, 2020, Ernie and Mary Ann celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Ernie professed his faith at an early age and was very active in his church for all his life. Ernie enjoyed golf, a good game of cards, and fishing - especially at his cabin in Canada with family and friends. Ernie remained close to all his brothers and sisters throughout the years. For nearly twenty years, Ernie and Mary Ann wintered in Arizona, with frequent trips to Omaha and Burleson to check on the grandchildren. Above all, Ernie was devoted to God, his wife and his family, especially his grandchildren. Ernie always took care of his family.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; daughter Sherri and her husband Steve of Burleson, Texas; son Mark of Omaha, Nebraska and Wesley, Iowa; grandchildren Zachary Van Weelden, Matthew Van Weelden, Douglas Sechrist and Lauren (Dan) Sechrist Silver. He is also survived by brothers James Van Weelden of Grimsby, Ontario and Harold (Eileen) Van Weelden of Oskaloosa; sisters Anna Kelderman of Oskaloosa and Fran (Les) Spoelstra of Redlands, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was preceded in death by his son David Jon; grandson Christopher Sechrist; five brothers: John, Henry, Peter, William, Jr., Ray and an infant brother; and three sisters: Sylvia Kelderman, Dorothy DeRonde, and Jean Boender.


Terry & lynne hoover wrote on Apr 5, 2021:

"Sherri and family sorry to hear of your loss. "

Carol Limberg wrote on Apr 5, 2021:

"You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Mark & Carol Limberg"

Joel Van Weelden wrote on Apr 4, 2021:

"On behalf of Uncle Jim who is in Hospice and the rest of our family in Canada we offer our condolences and prayers. Uncle Jim has so many fond memories of trips to Ernie\'s cabin, fishing and playing cards with the family. Joel&Yvette Van Weelden, Ontario Canada."

Chuck Leeck wrote on Apr 3, 2021:

"My parents, Doris and Leonard, had the very best neighbors in Ernie and Mary Ann. I remember many kind words and much laughter when Ernie stopped by for morning coffee. All our sympathy to Mary Ann, Mark, Sherri, and the family. You are in our thoughts. "

Deb Schulz wrote on Apr 2, 2021:

"I have so many fond memories of visiting with Ernie and MaryAnn when David lived at Shepherds Cottage. We shared lots of laughs and also some tears. What a nice couple. My sympathy to Ernie?s family. Sending thoughts and prayers. "