IRETON—Jacob “Jake” Van Roekel, 62, Ireton, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Orange City Area Health System. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ireton, with the Rev. Michael Boothby officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton, with a luncheon to follow at the Ireton Community Center. Visitation will be noon-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, with family present 4-7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Funeral Home in Ireton. Condolences may be left for the family at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.
Jacob Van Roekel was born Dec. 30, 1956, to Cornie and Hermina (Zomer) Van Roekel at Conrad, MT. The family moved back to Iowa when he was a baby.
Jake married Patti (Wilkens) Van Roekel July 22, 1977, in Hawarden. They lived in Ireton where he spent the last 42 years working at Coop Gas & Oil. Jake took great pride in his work and had a strong work ethic, one he passed down to his children. Family was very important to Jake, whether it was spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, or going to family get-togethers; he always made an effort to put family first. His favorite pastime was fishing at the river for walleye and when he wasn’t fishing, he loved to golf.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 42 years, Patti Van Roekel of Ireton; two children, Michael (Jill) Van Roekel and their children, Connor, Bailey and Lauren, of LeMars and Lisa (Devin) Van Der Brink and their children, Madison and Emma, of Ireton; mother, Hermina Van Roekel of Sioux Center; four brothers, Jerrold (Elaine) Van Roekel of Rock Valley, Harlan (Gert) Van Roekel of Grand Rapids, MI, John (Sheryl) Van Roekel of Coopersville, MI, and Dennis (Glenda) Van Roekel of Sioux Center; and two sisters, Jan (Randy) DeKruyf of Sioux Center and Cindy (Brent) Van Beek of Orange City; two brothers-in-law, Ray (Kim) Wilkens of LeMars, and Doug (Mel) Wilkens of Hawarden.
Jake was preceded in death by his father, Cornie Van Roekel; father and mother-in-law, Glenn and Beverly Wilkens; two sisters-in-law, Vicki and Judy Wilkens; brother-in-law, Michael Wilkens; and his grandparents.