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Dick Vander Veen

July 25, 1928 September 19, 2014
Dick Vander Veen
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Obituary for Dick Vander Veen

Hutchinson, MN

      Dick Vander Veen, age 86, formerly of Worthington, MN, passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014, at Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson. A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN with interment in the Worthington Cemetery in Worthington.

      Dick Vander Veen was born on July 25, 1928, in Goewey Township, Osceola County, IA. He was the son of Menno and Ida (Schuur) Vander Veen. He received his education in the Round Lake area. Dick entered active military service in the United States Army on January 28, 1947, at Camp McCoy, WI, and served his country during Peace-time. He received an Honorable Discharge on June 17, 1948, at Fort Worden, WA.

      Dick was blessed with three sons, Randall, Robert and Richard. He resided in Worthington, MN, and later moved to Hutchinson, MN in 2010.

      Dick was employed for the railroad, at Shapiros, Red’s Truck Stop and Larson Crane Service all in Worthington. He also was employed by the North West Aggregates in Rosemount, MN, as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Worthington American Legion Post #5 and the Worthington VFW Post #3958.

      Dick enjoyed deer, pheasant, goose, duck, rabbit and squirrel hunting. He also enjoyed fishing, bowling and shooting pool. He especially cherished spending time with his family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his black lab dogs and friends.

      Dick passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014, at Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson, MN, at the age of 86 years.

      Dick is survived by his children, Randall Vander Veen and his wife, Patrice of Hutchinson, MN, Robert Vander Veen and his wife, Lisa of Las Vegas, NV, and Richard Vander Veen and his special friend, Annie of Burnsville, MN; grandchildren, Tina Darrah and her husband, Paul, Kristie Rolling and her husband, Keith, Robert Vander Veen, Jared Vander Veen and special friend, Amy, Nicole Vander Veen, Hillary Vander Veen, and McKennon Vander Veen; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald Matheson and his wife, Lorraine of Litchfield, MN, and Melvin Vander Veen and his wife, Donna of Round Lake, MN; sisters, Shirley Berry and her husband, Chuck of Colorado Spring, CO, and Diane DeBates and her husband, Ed of Sioux Falls, SD; and many other relatives and friends.

      Dick is preceded in death by his parents, Menno Vander Veen and Ida (Schuur) Matheson; sisters, Elsie Baumgard and Hermina “Sandy” Orr, and brother, Courtney Vander Veen.

      Blessed be his memory.

      Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.


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