William Van Wyk

William (Will) Van Wyk was born on January 9, 1888, in Haarlemmermeer, the Netherlands. He had an unnamed twin brother who died at birth. Will was the 9th of 13 children born to Willem Van Wyk and Trijntje Vanden Heuvel Van Wyk. Willem was always known as Will. When he was four years old, he and his family immigrated to America. This was in June of 1892. They entered America through Ellis Island. The family settled on a farm near Galesburg in Jasper County, Iowa. His mother Trijntje died in 1893 when Will was five years old. When Will was 14 years old (1902), his father married Toike Tiechlaar Bontekoe (Tillie De Bont).

Will went to school until third grade at which point he had to quit school and go to work to help support the family. He worked for various farmers around the Galesburg and Sully areas.

On January 16, 1910, Will married Florence Onthank (1890-1973) of Grinnell, Iowa. Florence was the oldest of eight children in her family. Will and Florence were the parents of three children: Beatrice Lucille (1912), Wilburn Halsey (1914), and Vera Maxine (1916). When the children were small, the family lived on a farm north of Lynnville and on a farm north of Galesburg. They also lived in Minnesota for two years, and it was during this time that Vera was born.  Later Will bought a farm southwest of Sully. It was a bare piece of ground and Will built the house and all the farm buildings.

Sometime in the 1920’s, both Will’s wife Florence and his son Wilburn became sick and were hospitalized in Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. There was no insurance and the bill was over $5,000. The hospital bill and the Depression were too great to overcome. Will lost the farm that he had worked so hard for. The family then moved to Sully, and Will bought a truck and started a cream route. He picked up cream from various farmers and delivered it to the Sully Co-op Creamery. After the children were raised, he quit the cream route and bought a 60-acre farm west of Taintor, Iowa. He and Florence lived on this farm and farmed it for 10 or I2 years. They then retired, sold the farm, and moved back to Sully.

Will passed away on August 1, 1962. Florence passed away in Pella, Iowa, on September 19, 1973. Will and Florence are buried in the Sully Cemetery, Jasper County, Iowa.

In 1968, Will’s grandson Vernon Van Wyk traveled to Haarlemmermeer in the Netherlands. There he toured the farmstead where Will was born and lived until coming to America. The original barn was still there but the house was gone. Originally, the house and barn were attached. They did not have a threshing machine so in the fall of the year they would throw the oats or wheat on the floor and have a dance, thus separating the oats/wheat from the straw.

Will (William) Van Wyk (1888-1962) X1910 Florence Onthank (1890-1973)

  1. Beatrice Lucille Van Wyk (1912-2006) X1934 Herman De Penning (1911-1962)
    1. Larry Eugene De Penning (1936) X1955 Lillian Lubbers (1936) – divorced; 2X 1977 Judy Sanders; 3X2003 Christine McMeeley
      1. Randy Eugene De Penning (1957) X1981 Molly Andrea Yap
      2. Melinda Rose De Penning (1961) X1980 David Cooper
        1. Jeremiah David Cooper (1986)
        2. Rebekah May Cooper (1989)
      3. Patrick De Penning (1973) X1999 Michalea Joy Warren (1977)
        1. Joseph De Penning (2001)
        2. Emma Joy De Penning (2004)
    2. Howard Duane De Penning (1939) X1959 Lucille Vander Zyl (1939)
      1. Scott Curtis De Penning (1960) X1983 Barbara Jones (1953) – divorced
        1. Katelyn Marie De Penning (1986)
        2. Elizabeth Arm De Penning (1988)
        3. Laura Ruth De Penning (1993)
      2. Eric Darnell De Penning (1963) X1984 Lynette Hesse (1965)
        1. Ashley Lynn De Penning (1986) 2008 Kyle Hill ( 1986)
        2. Zachary Ryan De Penning (1990)
      3. Kyle Duane De Penning (1967) X1986 Kathy Vander Linden (1996) – divorced; 2X1997 Glenda Van Oort (1965) – divorced
        1. Dylan Allen De Penning (1992)
        2. Halle Jo De Penning (2002)
    3. Carroll Allen De Penning (1947) X1965 Nancy Vander Kamp (1949)
      1. Todd Allen De Penning (1965) X1992 Tami Miller (1965)
        1. Claire Nicole De Penning (1997)
      2. Corey Adam De Penning (1975) X2000 Amy Slump (1975)
        1. Brady Mason (2007)
  2. Wilburn Halsey Van Wyk (1914-2000) X1936 Frances Vivian Kooistra (1918)
    1. Vernon Wesley Van Wyk (1937) X1956 Lois Arm Wehrle (1937) – divorced; 2X1971 Loretta Joyce Penick (1944)
      1. Nancy Lee Van Wyk (1958) X1977 Dennis Lee Van Genderen (1956)
        1. Travis John Van Genderen (1980) X2007 Melissa Heuton (1978)
          1. Samuel John Van Genderen (2008)
          2. Finley Joy Van Genderen (2010)
        2. Lia Ann Van Genderen (1983) X2009 Scott Von Busch (1984)
          1. Luke Alan Von Busch (2011)
      2. Mark Paul Van Wyk (1960) X1984 Elizabeth Moore (1962)
        1. Sara Elizabeth Van Wyk (1988) X2011 Zachery Ned Soetmelk (1985)
        2. Dallas Ray Van Wyk (1991)
      3. Curt Wesley Van Wyk (1963) X1984 Julie Lynne McFarlane (1964) – divorced
        1. Holly Jean Van Wyk (1985) X Michael Paul Choquelte (1962)
          1. Aidan Michael Choquelte (2006)
          2. Piper Lynn Choquelte (2008)
        2. Carrie Ann Van Wyk (1987) X2011 Andrew Wesley Sitz (1988)
        3. Joel Thomas Van Wyk (1989)
        4. Janey Ruth Van Wyk (1992)
      4. Ruth Ann Van Wyk (1966) X1984 James Allen Van Soelen (1962)
        1. Maria Diane Van Soelen (1987)
        2. Amber Delena Van Soelen (1989)
      5. Marcy Renee Van Wyk (1972) X1993 Kerry Steven Moore (1960) — divorced; 2X2009 Jason Milne Haddrell (1972)
        1. Samantha Joreen Moore (1996)
        2. Kyle Wesley Moore (1997)
        3. Jessica Renee Moore (1998)
        4. Danielle Payton Moore (2000)
      6. Vernon Wesley Van Wyk (1974-1991)
    2. Bruce Warren Van Wyk (1941) X1962 Margaret Evelyn Glockner (1938)
      1. Sheri Lynn Van Wyk (1964) X1985 Mark Andrew Stone (1961)
        1. Joshua Joseph Stone (1987)
        2. Jonathan Mark Stone (1989)
        3. Jesse Andrew Stone (1992)
        4. Jacob Warren Stone (1996)
      2. Kristin Louise Van Wyk (1969) X1990 Paul Douglas Stanley (1965)
        1. Michael Paul Stanley (1995)
        2. Matthew Douglas Stanley (1997)
        3. Katherine Margaret Stanley (2000)
      3. Sonja Lee Van Wyk (1971) X1994 Marshall Young Allen (1972)
        1. Isaac Lee Allen (2001)
        2. Ashton Young Allen (2003)
        3. Cody Wayne Allen (2004)
    3. Lois Vivian Van Wyk (1943-2009) X1964 Jerry Paul Draayer (1942)
      1. Leah Beth Draayer (1967) X1992 Martin Patrick McDowell (1966)
        1. James Patrick McDowell (1995)
        2. Claire Elizabeth McDowell (1997)
      2. Sarah Lynn Draayer (1970) X1991 Brent Alan Milligan (1968)
        1. Benjamin Miles Milligan (1998)
        2. Anna Katherine Milligan (2001)
        3. Meghan Frances Milligan (2005)
      3. Martha Ann Draayer (1972) X2002 Stuart Kyle Duncan (1972)
        1. Joseph Charles Duncan (2004)
        2. Thomas Draayer Duncan (2006)
        3. Michael Francis Duncan (2009)
        4. Rosemary Elizabeth Duncan (2010)
    4. Ruth Louise Van Wyk (1947) X1968 James Walling (1944)
      1. Heidi Louise Walling (1972) X1995 Adam Peters (1973)
        1. Emily Marie Peters (2003)
        2. Andrew Carson Peters (2005)
        3. James Bennett Peters (2006)
      2. Kristi Marie Walling (1975)
    5. Barbara Sue Van Wyk (1952) X1971 Loren Allen Ferch (1951) – divorced 1993; 2X1996 Paul Vaughn Johnson (1946)
      1. Noelle Christine Ferch (1974) X1997 Jeffrey Todd Gustafson (1971-2006); 2X Lee Douglas Little (1961)
        1. Tyler James Gustafson (1994-2006)
        2. Jesse Lee Little (1994)
        3. Kyle Douglas Little (1996)
        4. Anna Grace Gustafson (1998)
        5. Gretchen Claire Gustafson (2003)
        6. Baby Boy Bennett (2011)
        7. Michael Loren Bennett (2008)
      2. Seth Allan Johnson (1976) X2000 Christin Anne Lindsay Graham (1976); 2X2008 Patrick Michael Bennett (1974)
        1. Noah Allan Johnson (2006)
        2. Caleb Andrew Johnson (2008)
        3. Luke Vaughn Johnson (2010)
      3. Catherine Marie Ferch (1978) X2001 Edwin Joseph Arnold (1973-2002); 2X2008 Patrick Michael Bennett (1974)
        1. Michael Loren Bennett (2008)
        2. Baby Boy Bennett (2011)
      4. Adam Todd Johnson (1979) X1997 Emily Jean Abraham (1979)
      5. Amanda Leigh Johnson (1982)
  3. Vera Maxine Van Wyk (1916-1988) X1938 Milo Kruseman (1914-1997)
    1. Jenice Ilene Kruseman (1939) X1960 Leonard Van Rees (1938-2006)
      1. Karla Jo Van Rees (1961) X1986 Ronald Joe Graham (1958)
        1. Christina Ilene Graham (1989)
        2. Lucas James Graham (2000)
      2. Carol Diane Van Rees (1964) X1989 Jeffery Bakeris (1964)
        1. Taylor Elizabeth Bakeris (1992)
        2. *Samuel Jeffery Bakeris (1996)
        3. *Benjamin Joseph Bakeris (1996)
      3. Karen Kay Van Rees (1968) X1992 Randall Rice (1966)
        1. Marinda Elizabeth Rice (1992)
        2. Cori Reanna Rice (1996)
    2. Joyce Elaine Kruseman (1942) X1960 Jaron Van Maanen (1941-1975); 2X1976 Donald MacKenzie — divorced 1984
      1. Jacquelaine Kay Van Maanen (1961) X1991 Kevin Reddy (1959)
        1. Jared Richard Reddy (1992)
        2. Katherine Alice Reddy (1995-1995)
        3. John Henry Reddy (1996)
        4. Mary Kate Reddy (1997)
      2. Jerilyn Sue Van Maanen (1962) X1984 Leroy Guessford 4 divorced 2005
        1. Jessica Elaine Van Maanen (1983) X2009 Anthony Charles Crum (1978)
          1. Hayz Anthony Crum (2005)
      3. Jeff Van Maanen (1966) X1985 Holly Crispen – divorced; 2X1990 Sky Davis — divorced
        1. Jaron Eugene Van Maanen (1986)
        2. Cassidy Don Van Maanen (1990)
        3. Garrett Allen Van Maanen (1993)
      4. Jennifer Dawn MacKenzie (1981) X2005 Cole Wiedman (1983)
        1. MacKenzie Don Anthony Gutierrez (2003)
    3. Julia Sue Kruseman (1944) X1963 Steven Hay (1944)
      1. Mark Edward Hay (1963) X1988 Kendra Schnell (1965)
        1. Marshall Mark Hay (1992)
        2. Maddison Mark Hay (1993)
      2. Marty Joe Hay (1965) X1992 Lory Smith (1966)
        1. Dalton Joe Hay (1994)
        2. Jade Nicole Hay (2001)
      3. Michael Gene Hay (1973) X2003 Janel Schmidt (1973)
        1. Malcolm Michael Hay (2004)
        2. Jakeira Dawn Hay (2006)
      4. Marlo Dean Hay (1976) X2003 Sarah Zimmerman (1980)
        1. Morgan Louise Hay (2007)
    4. Jean Ann Kruseman (1952) X1970 Roger Vander Kamp (1950)
      1. Jill Christina Vander Kamp (1973) X1993 Gerry Van Dyke (1968)
        1. Kyle Paul Van Dyke (1997)
        2. Kayla Marie Van Dyke (2001)
        3. Krystal Faye Van Dyke (2003)
        4. Klayton Dean Van Dyke (2005)
      2. Amy Lucille Vander Kamp (1975) X2000 Jay Dahlkie (1970)
        1. Laney Maxine Dahlkie (2004)
        2. Gaberialla Elise Dahlkie (2005)
        3. Ryan James Dahlkie (2009)
        4. Riley Jameson Dahlkie (2010)
      3. Katie Marie Vander Kamp (1978) X2000 T.J. Warner (1978)
        1. Grace Ann Warner (2003)
        2. Ethan James Wamer (2005)
        3. Owen Thomas Wamer (2009)
      4. Lori Jean Vander Kamp (1981)

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