In Memory of LaVon "Bonnie" DeJong

LaVon "Bonnie" DeJong
LaVon "Bonnie" DeJong
Born: June 8, 1922
Died: June 3, 2015
Age: 92
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LaVon "Bonnie" DeJong
June 8, 1922 - June 3, 2015
From: Battle Creek, IA
LaVon “Bonnie” DeJong, age 92, of Battle Creek, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to 

LaVon “Bonnie” DeJong was born on June 8, 1922, in Ida Grove, IA., to Hans and Mable (Carter) Hansen. She was raised in Ida County and graduated from the Ida Grove High School.

She married Robert DeJong in St. Louis, Mo., on June 15, 1941. They made their home wherever the USAF stationed them for 30 years and then retired to Battle Creek where they owned and operated B&B Hardware. They both loved winter golfing in Texas and summer fishing for salmon in Alaska.

 Bonnie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek.  
Bonnie is survived by her children: Robert (Patricia) DeJong, Marion (Sharon) DeJong, and Deborah (Roger) Bean; her grandchildren: Michael DeJong, Elizabeth (Joel) Wall, Megan (Jimmy) Remmick, Marie (Seth) Mortensen, Sarah (Nate) Eischeid, Jennifer (Seth) Chamberlain, and Rebecca Bean. Great-grandchildren, Harrison and Emmett Wall, Nicole and Cory Hilker, Ella Eischeid, Eiley and Maylee Chamberlain. Great-great grandchildren, Marley and Brynley Smith.

She wished special remembrances to her niece Lois Jensen and her nephew Roger (Eva) Kropf as well as her many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sisters: Fern (Walt) Riessen, Phyllis (Harold) Scott, Audell (Leroy) Kropf, Deloris Nielsen, Vera Mae Hansen, and Audrey Harrison.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Willow Dale  Wellness Village for providing a warm and caring home for Bonnie's last years.

She will be missed.


1:30 p.m., Sunday
June 7, 2015
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Battle Creek, Iowa


Seth Chamberlain, Vocalist
Dixie Brueck, Organist

"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"

Congregational Hymn:
"Rock of Ages"


Mt. Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Friday, June 5, 2015 at 3:17 PM
“We loved my Aunt Bonnie. She was one of my favorites. Much love to Bob and Pat, Marion and Sharon, and Deb and Roger. I'm so sorry we can't be there for her service, but will be thinking of you......Prayers, Bruce and Peggy”
- Bruce and Peggy Chamberlain
Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM
“Deepest sympathy to Bonnie's family. She was a nice lady, and used to enjoy attending sift and stir at Willow Dale and we'd enjoyed having her there.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM
“Sorry to hear about Bonnie... I will miss seeing her at Willow Dale. Condolences to her family.”
- Mareta Vermeys
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