John Vande Steeg
John Vande Steeg, formerly of Jefferson, passed away Sunday March 4, 2018, at his residence in Mesa, Arizona.
The family will have a private interment ceremony at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel. Then, there will be a “Celebration of Life” gathering for family and friends at Meredith Drive Reformed Church, 5128 Meredith Drive, Des Moines, IA 50310, 515-276-4901, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 23rd.
John Vande Steeg was born on April 21, 1933 in Orange City, Iowa, one of three children born to John J. and Cornelia (Heemstra) Vande Steeg. John graduated as valedictorian from Orange City High School in 1951 and as salutatorian from Northwestern Junior College in 1953. John completed Navy flight training as a multi-engine pilot receiving his Wings and Ensign Commission in December 1954 and spent the remainder of his four-year enlistment flying many hours over the western Pacific theater. He returned to Iowa State College and graduated with a degree in civil engineering and began a career as a consulting civil engineer in Jefferson, Iowa. With the exception of three years with Stanley Consultants in Muscatine, John spent twenty-two years as a partner of Otto & Culver consulting firm in Jefferson. In 1981, he moved to Des Moines as engineer in the Des Moines office of Shive-Hattery Engineers until he retired in 1996. John was a registered professional engineer in the states of Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and North Carolina and was a licensed land surveyor in Iowa, Colorado and Wyoming. He received honors for outstanding service to the Land Surveyors Society of Iowa and served as national director representing the Consulting Council of Iowa at national events. He provided engineering client services to many small Iowa towns and several large corporations such as Walmart and Target.
John was active in many church activities and civic organizations. He was Lions Club president in Jefferson. He taught Sunday School, served on church building and pulpit nominating committees and served as deacon and/or elder in Presbyterian churches in Jefferson, Muscatine and Des Moines.
John and Diane (Mattlin) Vande Steeg were united in marriage December 28, 1954 in Spencer, Iowa and are proud parents of two married sons. John loved to travel especially to the many national parks and did so often with his children and in retirement with his wife in their motor home. He also enjoyed reading, hiking and playing golf.
Surviving are his loving wife, Diane; sons, Steven (Janice) of Palm Desert, California and David (Julie) of Pella, Iowa; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Davis; and one brother, Russell (Sharon) of Orange City, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Joan.
John was blessed with a good long life, a strong faith and a happy family. He asked for nothing more…
In lieu of flowers, the family will be donating memorials to Northwestern College to help reduce the cost of tuition for future students. Cards or memorials to honor John can be sent to Diane at 2156 Northwest 156th Street Unit 5, Clive, IA 50325.