In Memory of LaVern Van Houten



LaVern Van Houten
LaVern Van Houten
Born: May 18, 1928
Died: August 9, 2013
Age: 85
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LaVern Van Houten
May 18, 1928 - August 9, 2013
From: Battle Creek, IA

LaVern Van Houten, age 85, of Battle Creek, Iowa, died Friday, August 9, 2013, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.
            Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 12, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.  The Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate, with burial to follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Battle Creek.  Military honors will be conducted by Maple Valley Post No. 364 of the American Legion.  The family will greet friends from 4-6 p.m. at Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Battle Creek on Sunday, August 11, 2013.  
            Born May 18, 1928, in Battle Creek, Iowa, Corbet LaVern Van Houten was the son of Hunter Corbet and Florence (Devine) Van Houten, Jr.  He grew up and received his education in Battle Creek, graduating from Battle Creek High School in 1945.  LaVern served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
            On September 9, 1950, he was united in marriage to Lola Schumann at the First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek.  The couple farmed and raised livestock west of Battle Creek for many years.  They were blessed with four sons, Mike, Marc, Kirk, and Kerwin.  Due to LaVern’s relentless battle against the weeds on his farm, his sons officially appointed him “weed commissioner” for Woodbury County.    
            LaVern and Lola retired in 1996, and moved into Battle Creek in 2012.  They made many happy memories over the years attending their children’s and grandchildren’s extra-curricular events, spending time with family, square dancing, ballroom dancing, and playing cards.  LaVern was a faithful member of his church, attending services regularly and serving in many capacities.
            Survivors include his wife, Lola; three sons, Mike (Judy) Van Houten of Geneva, IL, Marc (Cheryl) Van Houten of Battle Creek, and Kerwin (Kerry) Van Houten of Alta; ten grandchildren, Rachel (Mike) Harrison, Eric Van Houten, Lindsay Van Houten, Jason Van Houten, Kristopher Van Houten, Tate (Kathy) Van Houten, Hope (Tyler) Bleckwehl, Tyler (Sally) Van Houten, Morgan Van Houten, and Garrett Van Houten; and eight great-grandchildren, Evan, Zachary, Camryn, Calen, Grace, Paige, Vincent, and Eva.  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.
            He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kirk Van Houten; two brothers, Arlo Van Houten and Russell Van Houten; and a sister, Opal Tillotson.

SERVICES

Monday, August 12, 2013
10:30 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Reverend Kevin J. Freese

CASKET BEARERS

Rachel Harrison
Eric Van Houten
Lindsay Van Houten
Jason Van Houten
Kristopher Van Houten
Tate Van Houten
Hope Bleckwehl
Tyler Van Houten
Morgan Van Houten
Garrett Van Houten

VISITATION

Sunday, August 11, 2013
4-6 p.m., with family present
Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home
Battle Creek, Iowa

MUSIC

Mary Jo Watson, Pianist
Dixie Brueck, Soloist

INTERMENT

Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa
Military honors by
Maple Valley Post No. 364
of the American Legion


Condolences


Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM
“What I remember most are the times the men would get together to harvest. I remember riding to school together, sometimes on tractors when the roads were bad. I remember the family get togethers. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Kim Simmons
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM
“Lola,
We are sorry to see of the death of LaVern and want to send our love and prayers to you and your family at this sad time in your life.

From "Ole Square Dance Friends, Loren and Helen Blakely”
- loren and helen blakely
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM
“So sorry to hear about LaVerns passing. Our prayers are with all your family.”
- Kyle and Monica Schmidt
Monday, August 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM
“Lavern was a great neighbor and cousin. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family
- Cindy (Van Houten) Vaughn
Monday, August 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM
“Marc & family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of need.

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