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Renil Joseph Vanoverbeke

June 5, 1925 — February 5, 2023


  Renil Joseph Van Overbeke was born and raised near Minneota, Minnesota to Edward Gustaf Van Overbeke and Emma (Van Hyfte) Van Overbeke on June 5, 1925. He attended Minneota Highschool and spent 2 years in the Navy. Upon leaving the Navy he found success as a boxer and became the SW Minnesota Golden Glove Champion.

  He married Audrey Ness on Aug. 4, 1947 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Minneota, MN. Renil and Audrey spent their married years in the Minneota, MN, Des Moines, IA and Sanborn, Iowa areas before moving to Sutherland, Iowa in 1966. They lived in Sutherland until 2017 before moving to The Gardens Assisted Living in Cherokee, Iowa and then on to Heartland Nursing Home in Marcus, Iowa in 2018.

  Renil was a hard-working husband and father of seven children. Providing for his family included being an avid gardener. Throughout his life he worked primarily in Co-op Sales but also ran the Felco Experimental farm near Madrid, Iowa where he developed chicken feeds, built a house in Alleman, Iowa where he used his artistic ability by painting a mural on the hall wall, raised white mice for Iowa State University, and became one of the Felco Cattlemen for Felco Corp of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, serving Northwest Iowa. Once they moved to Sutherland, he continued in Co-op Sales for the Sutherland Co-op, before he switched occupations and did maintenance for the nursing homes in Sutherland and Paullina, Iowa. It was during that time he flipped several houses in Sutherland before flipping houses became a thing. In his later years he enjoyed trips to Arizona, having coffee with friends, driving his pickup around town and riding on the American Legion Float during the Sutherland Labor Day Parade.

  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland, Iowa and the American Legion.

  Renil was preceded in death by his wife Audrey, his son Chuck, his parents, his brothers Lawrence, Tony, Alouis, and Odell. His sisters Evelyn Carey, Joan Duis, Katherine Dusenberry, Genevieve Green, and Dorothy Forster Brinkman. Twin infant grandsons Shawn and Jesse Mueller and one granddaughter Madison Ahlman.

  He is survived by his children: David (Sandy) Van Overbeke of Rochester MN, Nancy (Doyle) Woltman of Spencer, Iowa, Janelle (Denny) Horstman of Marcus, Iowa, Mary (Rick) Giese of Sutherland, Iowa, Tom (Kim) Van Overbeke of Okoboji, Iowa, Patty (Tony) Ahlman of Tonto Basin, Arizona, a daughter-in-law Lori Van Overbeke of Alden, Iowa and one sister Jeanette DeCock of Minneota, Minnesota.

  Renil also had many grandchildren and great-grand-children: Sara (Chris) Wolf, Brock and Brady;  Derek (Jessica) Woltman, Jadyn, Jace, Aralynn and Rylee; Kristin (Wes) Behounek and Aiden; Jen (Mike) Treinen, Brooklyn (Colin) Trienen-Morris, Madison and Tori;  Bill (Jody) Horstman, Sydney and Mallory;  Melinda (Stephen) Pallone and Giuseppe;  Brenda (Dave) Hessenius;  Stephanie (Dave) Cleveland, Emma and Ava;  Bethany (Chris) Peck and Rilee; Tasha Wright (Mike Ford), Malana and Jaden; Tanner Van Overbeke;  Charlie (Lisa) Van Overbeke Genevieve, Mark and Karagyn; Nick Van Overbeke; Steven Van Overbeke; Alexis (Dan) Buckingham and Brooks;  David Van Overbeke; Morgan Gongaware and Sutteyn; Reed Mueller; Shelby Ahlman, Dallin and Raylyn.  Chad (Jessica) Ahlman, Nicholas, Domnic, and Andre.

Funeral Services will be 11:00A.M., Saturday, February 11, 2023 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hartley.
Father Tim Hogan
His Grandchildren
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Organist - Anne Fell

"How Great Thou Art"
"Be Not Afraid"
"One Bread, One Body"
"O Loving God"
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
Calvary Cemetery 
Sutherland, Iowa

Military Services will be conducted at the cemetery by the American Legion Post #152 of Sutherland, Iowa.

There will be a lunch served at the R.L. Johannsen Center following the burial.
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