Robert Lee Van Hove, 76, of Buffalo Center, Iowa, died November 28, 2021, in Waxahachie, TX after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A funeral service will be held Monday, December 6, 2021, at 10:30 AM, at Ramsey Reformed Church in rural Titonka. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors conducted. His family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Robert was born on October 25, 1945, in Buffalo Center, Iowa to Henry and Dorothy (Intermill) Van Hove. Bob attended Titonka Community Schools until the 8th grade and then completed his GED as an adult. He married his childhood sweetheart Judith Seaberg on September 25, 1965, in Wesley, Iowa. Shortly after, he was drafted to the Army and was stationed in West Germany. Judy joined him in West Germany where their oldest son Rick was born. After returning to the family farm in Buffalo Center, Iowa, they raised 3 children, Rick, April and Matthew.
Bob farmed until the late 1980’s and then began working at Winnebago Industries until he retired. He was active in the Ramsey Reformed Church and would share with anyone the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus. He started a Saturday morning men’s Bible study, taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir, served on the Consistory and affirmed the standing pastor’s sermons with many Amens! Bob was proud to support Right to Life by displaying lighted billboards on his property.
Bob enjoyed flower gardening, animals, bike riding and home renovation projects, but mostly he treasured his wife, family and the quiet, country life they shared.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Rick (Candi) Van Hove of Midlothian, TX, and their children Taylor (Tim), Austin, Aaron (Kalie), Mason, Addison, April (Wendell) Eimers of Peosta, IA and their children, Courtney, Lindsey and Kacey, Matthew (Ida) Van Hove of Minnetonka, MN and their children, Madelyn and Sophia and four great-grandchildren Hadley, Hayden, Maverick, and Bayler; sister, Karen Folkerts of Titonka, IA; brothers-in-law, David Seaberg of Moline, IL, and Phillip (Jane) Seaberg of Klemme, IA; sister-in-law Marlene Van Hove of Spirit Lake, IA.
He was proceeded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Judith Mary (Seaberg) Van Hove, on March 18, 2021; infant daughter, Jennifer Judith Van Hove; parents, Henry and Dorothy Van Hove; infant brother, Henry; brother, Keith Van Hove and H. Carroll Van Hove; brothers-in-law, Dwight Seaberg and Ronald Folkerts; sisters-in-law, Virginia Seaberg, Ann Seaberg and Leona Van Hove.
Condolences and memorials may be sent in care of his daughter, April Eimers, 638 Julissa Drive, Peosta, IA 52068.