Lloyd Donald VanDerMolen was born Nov. 21, 1923, on the family farm in Sherman Township, Sioux County, to Louis and Agnes (DeVries) VanDerMolen. He attended country school near Craig.
Following the death of his father, Lloyd had to leave school to help on the family farm.
He served his country in the United States Army during World War II from Dec. 2, 1946 until his honorable discharge May 1, 1948. He had served in the infantry in Germany.
Lloyd was united in marriage to Mary Schlesser on Aug. 25, 1955, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Struble. Lloyd and Mary were blessed with six children: Mike, Peggy, Jim, Ann, Susy, and Kris.
Lloyd farmed in Elgin Township untill he was 80 years old. The couple also raised hogs and cattle throughout the years. In later years, Lloyd and Mary continued to live on the farm and help wherever needed.
Lloyd was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Struble.
He volunteered with the Struble Fire Department for several years.
Lloyd was also very proud of being a long-time blood donor.
He enjoyed trap shooting with family and friends; going pheasant hunting with Uncle Dan DeVries. Lloyd always enjoyed tinkering in his garage. In later years, the grandchildren referred to this area as "Grandpa's Clubhouse."
His family, grandchildren and great grandchildren provided him with great joy.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary, of rural Le Mars; six children: a son, Mike VanDerMolen, of Struble, Peggy VanDerMolen, of Sioux City, Jim VanDerMolen, of rural Le Mars, Ann McIntee and her husband, Matthew, of Chicago, Ill., and their children Patrick and William, Susy Kessenich and her husband, Mark, of rural Le Mars and their children: Melissa, Clint, Hannah, and Daniel, and Kris Westhoff and her husband, Rick, of rural Le Mars and their children Zachary and his wife, Jill and their son, Jarret, John, Lee Lloyd and his wife, Michelle and their son, Kent and another great-grandchild soon, and Erica; two sisters, Gertie Jahn Hoekstra, of Maurice, and Leona Schat, of Rapid City, S.D.; a brother, John and Mary VanDerMolen, of Remsen; and several nieces and nephews.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Agnes (DeVries) VanDerMolen; a brother in infancy, Allen Dean; and parents-in-law, John and Julia Schlesser.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Struble, with the Rev. Dan Greving officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Heeren-McHale-Wilken American Legion Post #724 of Brunsville was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Struble. Visitation was after 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Struble with a 4 p.m. parish rosary followed by a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service Sunday evening, all at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Pallbearers were Jim VanDerMolen, Zachary Westhoff, John Westhoff, Lee Lloyd Westhoff, Clint Kessenich, and Daniel Kessenich. Honorary casket bearers were Rick Westhoff, Mark Kessenich, Matt McIntee, and Mike Kessenich.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.