Harry Van Wyk

Harry Van Wyk was born August 30, 1891, in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands. He was the 11th child of Willem and Trijntje Vanden Heuvel Van Wyk. He came to America with his family when he was one year old.

Harry married Johanna Paltzer (1896-1983) on January 6, 1915, near Pella, Iowa. They had three children: Wilma Marie (March 11, 1916) Mrs. Fred Maasdam; Marie Elizabeth (Betty) (March 22, 1921) Mrs. Donald Metcalf; and Bernard Kenneth Van Wyk (November 13, 1929) Dora Duinink Vos.

They had six grandchildren: Janet Maasdam Handley, Harlan Maasdam, Judy Metcalf Sents, Harris L. Van Wyk, Lowell Van Wyk, and Elaine Van Wyk.

Harry was a farmer all his life. They lived and farmed near Sully, Harvey, and on a farm west of Pella where the entrance to the West View Marina, Lake Red Rock, is now located. They then purchased a farm northwest of Oskaloosa where Bernard and Dora lived after Lake Red Rock came into being. The lake took most of the farm west of Pella.

Harry and Johanna retired in April of 1958 and moved into a new house at 904 West 5th Street in the west end of Pella. Harry passed away at the Pella Nursing Home on May 8, 1980, after suffering a number of strokes. Johanna died on June 14, 1983. They are buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Pella, Marion County, Iowa.

Harry Van Wyk (1891-1980) x1915 Johanna Paltzer (1896-1983)

  1. Wilma Marie Van Wyk (1916-2003) x1938 Fred Louis Maasdam (1915-2002)
    1. Janet Loraine Maasdam (1942) X1961 Chester Handley; 2X 1983 David Carter — divorced
      1. Bradley Handley (1964) x1989 Paula Cooch
        1. Marie Janece Hanley (1990)
      2. Sharla Jo Handley (1968) X1988 Randal Ryals
    2. Harlan Wayne Maasdam (1946) X1966 Carleen Van Der Wilt (1946)
      1. Darrell Eugene Maasdam (1967) X1997 Susan Burg (1963)
      2. Douglas Jay Maasdam (1970) X1994 Shawna Scholten (1973)
        1. Brett Wayne Maasdam (2000)
        2. Kaylee Ann Maasdam (2001)
      3. Dwayne L. Maasdam (1972) X1993 Janelle Colyn (1970)
        1. Zachary Ryan Maasdam (1995)
        2. Taylor Grace Maasdam (1999)
      4. Cheri Kay Maasdam (1978) X1997 Jesse Vander Weerdt (1977)
        1. Corbin Charles Vander Weerdt (2006)
        2. Kyler John Vander Weerdt (2009)
        3. Kirsten Louise Vander Weerdt (2011)
  2. Marie Elizabeth Van Wyk (1921-2005) X1942 Donald E. Metcalf (1915-1991)
    1. Judy Metcalf (1954) X1973 Marvin Sents (1954)
  3. Bernard Kenneth Van Wyk (1929-1999) X1957 Dora Dunnink (1930)
    1. Harris Lee Van Wyk (1957) X1977 Jean Vander Broek – divorced
      1. Steven Allen Van Wyk (1981) X 2002 Nicola Wellman (1982)
        1. Kahsen Van Wyk (2005)
        2. Lynnzae Van Wyk (2009)
    2. Lowell Eugene Van Wyk (1959)
    3. Elaine Kay Van Wyk (1960) X1984 Harlan Woodward – divorced

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