Ralph  Van Wyk


Ralph John Van Wyk was born December 3, 1930, to William Gysbert and Johanna (De Jong) Van Wyk, on the family farm southeast of Sully. He passed away on August 29, 2018, at the Comfort House in Pella.

Ralph attended country school through eighth grade and completed two years of high school in Sully. He joined the U.S. Army in 1952, working as a radio operator until his honorable discharge in 1954. He later earned his G.E.D. through the GI Bill.

On January 4, 1952, he was united in marriage to Jane Ann Van Wyk at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella. They were blessed with three children: Phyllis, Delwin and Ruth. They were married almost 25 years until her passing in 1976. Ralph married Ruby (Van Der Kamp) Van Zante at her home in 1978.

After discharge from the Army, Ralph began farming and continued until his retirement in 1991. He and Ruby then moved to Sully. Ralph continued his passion while working many part-time jobs in the agriculture and carpentry occupations. He enjoyed tractor rides and woodworking. He was a true Jack-of-all trades! Ralph was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church in Sully, serving as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher, active with the Gideon's organization and a current member of the Sully Lions club.

Ralph is survived by his wife Ruby, his children and step-children: Phyllis and David Zylstra of Pella, Delwin and Karen Van Wyk of Newton, Ruth Renaud of Sully, Barb and Paul Fynaardt of Oskaloosa, Bev and Rod Van Maanen of Lynnville, and Brad Van Zante of Grinnell; his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his siblings-in-law: Esther Van Wyk, Dorothy Van Wyk, Jeanette Van Der Kamp, Vernon Van Der Kamp, Neva Lanser, Bernard (LaVonne) Van Wyk, Ada Kay (Gilbert) Van Maanen, Donald (Lucille) Van Wyk, Dick (Linda) Van Wyk, and Harold (Twyla) Van Wyk.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jane Ann, his siblings: Gysbert Van Wyk, Anna Mae (Bob) Dunsbergen, Gertrude (Ray) Van Wyk, Wilmer Van Wyk, Forrest (LaVonne) Van Wyk, and Vernon (Carolyn) Van Wyk.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, September 4, at the First Reformed Church in Sully. Memorials may be given to Gideons International or Hospice of Pella. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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