Frank Vanderheiden Obituary

Frank  Vanderheiden
Frank Vanderheiden
Frank Vanderheiden

December 17, 1944 - March 10, 2005
Born in David City, NE
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Francis Joseph (Frank) Vanderheiden, died Thursday, March 10, 2005 at his home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 14, 2005 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Varina, IA with burial at the St. Columbkille Cemetery.

Frank was born on December 17, 1944 in David City, NE the son of Frances Tesina and Francis Theodore Vanderheiden. He was baptized at St. Francis Church in rural Butler County, IA. In 1947 the family moved to a new farm in Buena Vista County, IA where he graduated from Albert City High School. Frank was a private in the US Army. He married Karen Scott and had four children, Jon, Michelle, Amy and Mary.

Frank lived on the family farm and farming was his life. A series of unfortunate circumstances in the 1980's lead to his needing to leave the farm. In addition he struggled with a devastating fire which took all of their belongings and their home. In the late 1980's, he moved to Des Moines and worked as a cab driver. He was a kind and loving father and a very generous man.

Frank is survived by four children, Jon (Cheryl), Michelle (Eddie) Valentine, Amy and Mary; six grandchildren, Jon Jr., Steven, Nicolas, Wesley, Jonahs and Jaden; three step grandchildren, Stephanie, Jessica and Ashley; step great grandchild Kaitlynn all of Arkansas; two sisters, Anne Cunningham of Tigard, OR and Mary Chase of Omaha; brother, John Vanderheiden of Bend, OR.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The family will also receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines.

Memorial contributions may be made to his family.





Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, March 13, 2005
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
St. Columbkille Catholic Church
Varina, IA US
Monday, March 14, 2005
11:00 AM
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