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Vernon Heerkes

August 9, 1940 — April 9, 2016

Vernon R. Heerkes, 75, of Dike, Iowa passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at his home in Dike, Iowa while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Dike United Methodist Church, 439 Church Street Dike, Iowa. Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery in Dike. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the church. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Vernon was born on August 9, 1940 in Grundy County, Iowa; the son of Rudolf and Violet (Muller) Heerkes. He was raised in Dike, Iowa and graduated from Dike High School. Shortly after high school Vernon enlisted in the United States Army, where he served as a drill sergeant at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Vernon was united in marriage to Sandra Hofbauer on August 3, 1963 at the United Methodist Church in Ventura, Iowa. Vernon and Sandra made their home in Dike and welcomed four children into their family. Vernon worked for many years in sales and retired from Deli Express in 2010.

Vernon was a long-time member of the Dike United Methodist Church, where he served on numerous committees. In Vernon's free time he enjoyed working in his workshop. He also enjoyed woodworking and lawn care. What brought Vernon the most joy in his life was his family especially his grandchildren. They were his number one priority and they will forever love and miss him.

Vernon is survived by his children Chris (Rhonda) Heerkes of Dike, Mike (Karen) Heerkes of Dike, Rob (Sara) Heerkes of Dike and Bethany (Russ) Larson of Reinbeck; grandchildren Krue Heerkes of Dike, Karson (Kyle) Roose of Allison, Bailey & Noah Heerkes of LaPorte City, Jenna & Addy Joslin of Dike and Hannah & Olivia Heerkes of Dike; great-granddaughters Macy & Makenna Roose of Allison; sisters Lois Miller, Clarice Bulten and Marlene Kuper; and sister-in-law Mary (Bill) Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 50 years Sandra and his brother Kenneth in infancy.

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