Herbert "Herb" W. Veen, 83, of Sheldon, died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at the Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Herbert "Herb" W. Veen, the son of Cornelius and Johanna (Rensink) Veen, was born Dec. 8, 1924 on a farm near Boyden, Iowa. He received his education in the Grant Township Country school near Boyden. On June 1, 1944 he entered the U.S. Navy, serving aboard ship in the Pacific Theater of operations mainly in the invasion of Okinawa. He was honorably discharged on May 17, 1946. He returned to the family farm where he farmed for 43 years.
On Nov. 18, 1948, he was united in marriage to Lois Rosenboom in Boyden. Herb and Lois were members of the First Reformed Church in Boyden for 39 years where he served as an elder. Herb also served on the Co-Op Board of Directors in Boyden. Lois preceded him in death on Dec. 6, 1987 in Sheldon.
On March 18, 1989 he was united in marriage to Jean Boone. The couple remained on the family farm and Herb retired from farming in 1991. The couple enjoyed their winters in south Texas starting in 1993.The couple moved into Sheldon in 1996 and became members of the United Methodist Church.
Herb is survived by his wife Jean of Sheldon; two sons and their wives Les and Carol Veen of Le Mars and Norm and Alice Veen of Bouton, Iowa; four grandchildren, Christie and Sid Bulthuis of Rock Valley, Nathan and Christina Veen of Ames, Elisabeth and Amanda Veen both of Bouton; two great-grandchildren Trygve and Miles Bulthuis; two stepchildren Steve and wife Becky Boone of Scottsdale Ariz., and Becky and husband Bob Hammett of St. Paul, Minn.; nine step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; two sisters Cornelia Douma of Sanborn and Emma and her husband George Mills of Hartley and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lois; a granddaughter Katie Veen; parents; two brothers, Dick and John; two sisters Bertha and Katherine; a step-son Jeff Boone and a step-grandchild Tracy Boone.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Sheldon. The Rev. Marvin Lindley will officiate with burial in the Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden, with military services by American Legion Post #145 of Sheldon. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Monday) with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.