SHELDON—Grant W. Van De Brake, age 87, of Sheldon, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at his home in Sheldon.
His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31, at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa, with the Rev. Kevin Muyskens officiating.
Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.
Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, with family present 6-7:30 p.m.
The family requests that everyone observes the social distancing guidelines during the visitation and the service at the church.
The service will be livestreamed on Immanuel Christian Reformed Church website: Immanuelsheldon.online.church.
Memorials may be directed to Love INC and Sanford Home, Health & Hospice.
Arrangements are under the care of the Andringa Funeral Home in Sheldon.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.vanderploegfunerals.com.
Grant W. Van De Brake, the son of Gerald and Ruth (Snip) Van De Brake, was born on July 24, 1933, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He moved with his parents to Sheldon, Iowa, at the age of 14, so that they could attend a Christian school. He went on to graduate from Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa, in 1951. In 1955, Grant was inducted into the United States Army, and after serving for 16 months in Korea he was honorably discharged. On April 30, 1957, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Kreykes at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Grant started working with his father-in-law, Henry Kreykes, at the Sheldon Farmers Market, and 56 years later he retired due to health issues. Grant passed away at his home in Sheldon on July 28, 2020, reaching the age of 87 years and 4 days.
Grant was an active member at First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon and enjoyed serving the Lord as an elder several times and on the Christian School board. Grant loved serving as a Cadet leader for 20 years, which included many Conventions and Camporees. A lot of joy was added as a counselor at Western Christian High School Teen Advisers and as a mentor for Crossroads Ministry Bible Studies with prisoners. He was a member of the Sheldon Kiwanis, was on the SCDC board and Love In The Name of Christ ministry as the chairman of the board. Grant chose joy in serving Christ.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Bonnie; three children, son — David (Lora) Van De Brake of Sheldon, IA; their four daughters, Shantel (John) Oostra of Sheldon and their children, Madeline, Maison, Makena and Mallory; Candice (Bryan) Van Kley of Sioux Center, IA, and their children, Avery, Lydia and Brody; Krista (Matt) Hanenburg of Sheldon and their children, Dylan Landon, Leddy and Elsie; and Jill (Chad) Houtsma of Sheldon and their children, Brennan, Anderson and Evelynn; daughter — Debra (John) Doornenbal of Sioux Center, IA; their four daughters, Robyn (Matt) Hoekstra of Ontario, CA, and their children, Emma, Caleb and Brielle; Ashley Brewer of Harrisburg, SD, and her children, Adella, Azariah and Waverly; Danielle (Jory) Hanson of Mitchell, SD and their children, Claire, Brayden and Wyatt; Kelsey (Kyle) Vanden Brink of Harrisburg, SD, and their daughter, Luella; and son — Jason (Amanda) Van De Brake of Los Angeles, CA; two brothers, Lynn (Cindy) Van De Brake and Rodney Van De Brake, both of Sheldon; a sister, Janice Smith of Cutlerville, MI; and other relatives and friends.
Grant was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Case; and a sister, Velma Verbrugge.