In Memory of Roy VanAernam

Roy VanAernam
Roy VanAernam
Born: September 19, 1947
Died: March 8, 2017
Age: 69
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Roy VanAernam
September 19, 1947 - March 8, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA
Roy Allen VanAernam, age 69, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Salem Lutheran Home of Elk Horn, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Exira Lutheran Church of Exira, Iowa. Pastor Sam Jacobs will officiate. Interment will follow in the Exira Cemetery of Exira, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by Ballou Post No. 332 of the American Legion of Exira, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with Prayer Service held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Reverend Richard A. Salcido will officiate the Prayer Service. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Roy Allen VanAernam, the son of Clarence and Elaine (Jensen) VanAernam was born on September 19, 1947 in Audubon County near Exira, Iowa at home. He was baptized and confirmed in his faith at the Lutheran Church of Exira, Iowa.  Roy graduated from Exira High School with the class of 1965 and furthered his education with two years of college before being drafted into the United States Army.

Roy served his country overseas in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged on October 2, 1969 and awarded a bronze star for his service to his country.  Upon returning home to the farm in Exira, Roy picked up where he left off farming.  On May 23, 1970, Roy married the love of his life Belinda Benton in the Lutheran Church of Exira, Iowa. The couple settled down on a farm by Exira and were blessed with three daughters Kelly, Sara and Carrie. Roy started with Case IH in their sales department where his passion for farming, farm machinery, and his outgoing personality helped Roy be successful. In the 1980’s the family relocated to Ida Grove, Iowa where Roy continued his career with Case IH before retiring due to health reasons.

Roy enjoyed watching sports, was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan, and anything farm related. Roy kept up on current events. He liked tending to his lawn, fish pond, and spending time with his family and friends. He always loved a good laugh. Roy will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and friend.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Elaine VanAernam and niece Amy VanAernam. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Belinda VanAernam of Ida Grove, IA; daughters Kelly Niemeier of Cherokee, IA, Sara (David) Ladwig of Breda, and Carrie (Chris) Radford of Treynor, IA; grandchildren: Kaitlyn (Andrew) Kingery,  Taylor (Hillary) Witzel, Christian (Madison) Witzel, Bailey Witzel, Lily Ladwig, Jack Ladwig, Cade Radford, and Cydney Radford; great grandchild Bentley Witzel; brothers Gary (Judy) VanAernam and Gale (Colleen) VanAernam all of Exira, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  


2:00 p.m., Monday
March 13, 2017
Exira Lutheran Church
Exira, Iowa


Pastor Sam Jacobs


Mike Thielen
Chris Huegerich
Lanny Cipperley
Lane Volkert
Richard Lee
Dennis Schlueter
Doug Sudmann
Doug Schmidt

Honorary Pallbearers
Pete Sorensen
Renee Renz
Clayton Larson
Roger Nelson
Chris Clausen
Paul Jensen
Gregg Kucharo


2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"

Recorded Selections:
"I'll Fly Away" by Alison Krauss
"Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
"In The Arms of An Angel" by Sarah McLachlan

Betty Wiemann, Organist


Exira Cemetery
Exira, Iowa


Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM
“Very very heartfelt sympathy to all of you and the entire family🙏 Roy was a wonderful man ”
- Betty Muhr-Bendfeldt
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM
“Belinda and family you have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. Roy was a kind and caring man and will always remember him. My prayers for you all.”
- Renee Ehrig Phillips
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:53 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of loss. Roy was a gentle soul and a kind man. His presence will be missed. May memories and love lift you up.”
- Teresa Jensen
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:52 AM
“I have very fond memories of Roy and "his girls" as Roy us to refer to Belinda and the girls. I understand it's been a long journey but the memories and love will last even longer.

I can only imagine Roy and Duane are swapping tractor stories now.

I'm sorry for your loss,”
- Jackie Wilder
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:10 PM
“Carrie, May your father Rest In Peace. We are thinking of you and your family.”
- Connie and Gary Stevenson
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM
“Belinda and girls ~ So sorry for your loss! I know it must have been very difficult all these years for Roy and for all of you. We can make a lot of choices about our lives, but unfortunately we don't have any control over tragedies we might have occur in our lives. Sincere Sympathy. Daryl & Barbara (Meyer) Nielsen”
- Barbara (Meyer) Nielsen
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM
“Sara you and your family are in my family's thoughts and prayers. So Sorry for your loss. ”
- Marie Goldbeck-strunk
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Roy was a sweet man. May you find comfort in God's loving words. ”
- Jodie Hudson
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM
“ prayers are being said for you and your family.So sorry for your loss.If there is anything I can do please less me know.”
- Mary Newman
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