Donald Ray Van Der Pol, age 90 of Monroe, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at The Cottages in Pella. A private family service will be held on Tuesday. Burial will take place at Silent City Cemetery. An open visitation will take place on Monday, January 4, 2021, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Coburn Funeral Home in Monroe. The family will not be present during visitation. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church, Monroe Ambulance or Wesley Life Hospice. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
The son of Christopher and Tena (Roorda) Van Der Pol, Donald was born on July 26, 1930, at his parents home in rural Monroe. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1949. On May 26, 1951, he was united in marriage to Darlene Van Wyngarden at her parents home. Donald served in the United States Air Force from January 1951 - December 1954. Donald farmed on the family farm and following retirement he worked as a courier for Pella Regional Health Center. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Monroe, teaching Sunday School, serving on church boards, working as janitor and serving as a Deacon. Donald also served on the Monroe School Board for 12 years. Donald was a world class Rook player. He enjoyed traveling to Branson with family and friends to enjoy the music shows and relax while camping.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Darlene; three daughters, Darla Linn (David) Whatling, Denice Rae (Rich) Clucas, and Delana Renee (Shawn) Barr; 13 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a brother, Laurel (Nancy) Van Der Pol. Preceding Donald in death were his parents, a son Lynn Ray Van Der Pol, a brother, Harold Van Der Pol and a sister, Ada Keuning.
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"Darlene, we were so sorry to hear about Donald's going to be with the Lord and we are praying for comfort for all of you during this time of deep sorrow. I have many happy memories of visiting in your home with my family, having fun with Darla, Denice, and Delana while you and Donald would play Rook with my dad and mom! I loved your date pudding, which I always hoped you would make! Your friendship to our family all these years is something I will always be thankful for and fondly remember. With our deepest sympathy and prayers, Jim and Charlene Brown"
"Thinking of you and missing you. Was always great to visit with you and seeing you. You will be greatly missed. Family reunions will not be the same. We will see you again some day Uncle Donald. "
Thinking of you and praising the Lord that Donald is with his Lord and Savior.Prayers and Hugs and all our love. Tom & Arlene Whatling
"Keith and I will miss our visits and time spent with Don. We enjoyed sharing stories and laughter with Darlene and Don. He always had a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers are with Darlene and family. Keith and Cheryl Keuning"
"So sorry for your loss! Thinking of you all.
"Darlene sympathy and prayers for you and your family."
"Darlene with sympathy and prayers for you and your family."
"I didn?t know Don or Darlene until I met them at Vriendschaap Village. I was invited to their Bible class. I grew to love the class and them. My sympathy to Darlene and family. He will be missed."
"Have peace and rest in the fact that he is with Jesus now. ? Cindy Stowers "
"To the entire family, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time! I really enjoyed all the times I was around Donald! He made me laugh and I think I did the same for him. I know his faith was strong and he is spending the new year with Jesus. Hugs to all!"
"Darla I'm so sorry. Know I'm thinking of you and your family. Hugs to you."
"To Donald's family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you as you share special memories of his life. "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." II Corinthians 5:8
Love from Jan (Cowman) Miller"