Piersen “Pete” Vander Plaats, of Sioux Center, Iowa died Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center. He was 77 years old
He was born Oct. 30, 1942, in Sanborn, Iowa to Martin and Berendina (Kooistra) Vander Plaats. In 1946 the family moved to Ogilvie, where he received his education and graduated from Ogilvie High School.
On July 19, 1963, he was united in marriage to Ellen Betty Walhof at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton. To this union five children were born. The couple made their home in Ogilvie where he worked for Land O’ Lakes Ice Cream plant in Mora. Later they moved to Orange City, Iowa, and he worked for Wells Dairy Ice Cream plant as a line supervisor. He retired in 2004.
He loved his family and church very much. He served on consistory and taught catechism in Ogilvie. He especially enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. If at all possible, he was there cheering them on. He also enjoyed wood working and tinkering with just about anything. He also spent many years on the fire department, served as mayor, and city council member in Ogilvie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Berendina; brothers, Clarence, Gerald and Don; and grandson Derek.
He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Betty Vander Plaats of Sioux Center, Iowa; son, Preston and Lori Vander Plaats of Sioux Center, Iowa and their children, Kari, Forrestal, Maria, Jill and BJ; son, Greg and Tami Vander Plaats of Prior Lake and their children, Shad and Whitney; son, Marty and Kris Vander Plaats of Sioux Center, Iowa and their children, Kyle, Jacob, Michael and Lauren; daughter, Kristin and Scott Shippy of Sioux Center, Iowa and their children, James, Peter and Philip; and son, Ryan and Rebecca Vander Plaats of Athens, Georgia and their son, Aaron; brothers and sisters, Joyce, Anna Mae, Al and Evie, Van, Gail, Arlys and Dennis, and Molly and Lee; and other extended family members.
A private funeral service for immediate family was held Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center with Pastor Joel Kok officiating. Burial was at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Pete’s memory to Dordt University in Sioux Center.