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Clarence  Van Beek

Rev. Mark Ostrem
Organist ~ Jeannie Gustad
Congregational Hymns
“Amazing Grace” #578
Saxophone Accompaniment by Lydia Sobek
“Old Rugged Cross” #78
Vocal Trio ~ Matt Kiger, Mark & Sharyn Ostrem
“If We Never Meet Again” 
“I’ll Fly Away”
Hugh Healy
Marvin Hinseth
Larry Hoff
Joe Mutschelknaus
Ron Pietz
Ralph Riggert
Clarence Van Beek was born Sunday, June 23, 1940 in Hawarden, Iowa to Mease and Grace (Meerbeek) Van Beek. Clarence was united in marriage to Rachel VandenBosch on October 28, 1963 at Pipestone, Minnesota. Throughout his working years, Clarence held a variety of positions. He worked in a sandpit, then farmed and worked at Alkota Manufacturing in Alcester. They moved to Washington state, where he and Rachel ran a successful lawncare business. They moved back to South Dakota and ran Mayfield Store, Cottonwood Corral, then Tony’s Lounge in Kaylor with their son, Anthony. Being a very social person who loved to meet and visit with people, Clarence enjoyed the restaurant business. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Clarence enjoyed living on his acreage, which allowed him to keep a variety of animals, which he loved. He also enjoyed fishing and traveling. Clarence passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at the Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland at the age of 70 years, 4 months, 12 days.
Grateful for having shared Clarence’s life are his wife of 47 years, Rachel Van Beek of Scotland; eight children: Carla (Curtis) States of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Lavonne (Daryl) Sobek of Anchorage, Alaska, Clarence (Becky) Van Beek of Granite Falls, Washington, Tom (Tracy) Van Beek of Arlington, Washington, Brian Van Beek, who passed away on March 30, 2009, Sarah (Duane) Hochstein of Scotland, Carolyn (Matt) Dennis of Scotland, and Anthony (Candace) Van Beek of Scotland; twenty-six grandchildren; one brother: John (Phyllis) Van Beek of Volin; four sisters: Everdeen Zwak, Geraldine (John) Zwak, Kathy Van Zee and MaryAnn (Ken) Zhart; a sister-in-law, Ann (Pete) Van Beek; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mease and Grace Van Beek, his son, Brian Van Beek, two brothers and two brothers-in-law.

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We were so sorry to hear of Clarence passing away. I wish there were words that could make it easier for you at this time. He was a very liked man who loved a good conversation. He will be truely missed. May you find comfort in knowing that there are so many that loved not only him but all of you...God bless and comfort you all...

Kevin, Sherry, Shelby, & Justin Tirrel Nov 8 2010 9:08 AM

We are thinking of you, and wish there were words to comfort you during this time.

Scott & Lynn Zwak Nov 7 2010 8:16 AM

Rachel and family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Clarence. We always enjoyed visiting with both of you. Rachel - if there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. Hugh and Dee Healy

Hugh & Dee Healy Nov 6 2010 6:01 AM