Betty passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Windsor Manor in Shenandoah. Just two days after her husband Lyle died. The couple shared 73 years of marriage together. What a blessed reunion it must have been.
Memorial Graveside Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Virgil Lyle Van Ness was born on July 2, 1925 in Sidney, Iowa, the son of Virgil John and Agnes Marie (Theis) Van Ness. Lyle passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Windsor Manor in Shenandoah, Iowa. Betty Jane Nelson Van Ness was born on January 29, 1925 in Farragut, Iowa, the daughter of Ed and Anna (Kemper) Nelson. Betty passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Windsor Manor in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple was blessed with over 73 years of marriage.
Lyle's early years were spent helping his dad on the farm in rural Sidney. He graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1943. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Army. He served his country with pride as a member of the Military Police, while serving in Japan. On August 31, 1946 he was united in marriage to Betty Nelson in Junction City, Kansas. The couple made their home on a farm near Hawleyville.
Lyle left farming to go to work for Revell Transit Line in Shenandoah. He then managed the Skelly Gas Station and then moved across the street when the new station opened. He also worked on boats and even opened his own shop L & M Marina for several years. He then transferred to a boat shop in Lake Manawa. Upon returning to work in Shenandoah he worked for Sharp Sanitation and then drove a truck for Lloyds until his retirement. Betty was a bookkeeper for Williams Brothers Garage and later worked for the Iowan Magazine until her retirement.
Some of their hobbies included going fishing in Canada and gardening. Betty also enjoyed crocheting and doing needlepoint. He was a member of the Shenandoah Fire Department and the Shenandoah American Legion.
They were preceded in death by there parents; and by Lyle's brother Marlyn in 1952. Those left to cherish their memory include their son Roger Van Ness of New Market; grandchildren Tracy Borders and husband Daryl of Kirkland, WA, Angela Whited of Des Moines, IA and Michael Van Ness of Earlham, IA; 5 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Lyle and Betty were good friends of my parents Perry and Vivian Tinnell. One of my favorite memories as a small child was when Lyle and Betty would come to visit our parents. I would run to greet them, and Lyle would pick me up high and touch my head to the ceiling in one swoop. Quite a thrill for a little kid. Loved them both. Patti Tinnell Hickory
Lyle and Betty were good friends of my parents Perry and Vivian Tinnell. I last saw him at my father's funeral. They were such great people and such friends. Carol Tinnell Shields
73 years is awesome! My condolences.
Roger, as a hospice volunteer, I was glad to meet your family. I regret that communication with your parents was so difficult. Blessings, Phil Wing
Roger are thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace and strength.
Uncle Lyle and Aunt Betty our hearts, while sad, are so thankful you are both together and are at peace in Heaven. We are blessed to have so many fond memories of both of you.
A couple who have shared 73 years of marriage and now will be together again is so beautiful. Lyle and Betty blessings to you and it’s a gift to have known you both.
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