Edwin J. Van Surksum
Jun 15, 1932 – Jan 27, 2017
Edwin Van Surksum received his eternal reward on January 27, 2017 at the age of 84 years. He was the son of Cornelius and Katherine Van Surksum and was born on June 15, 1932. He attended grade school and graduated from Alton High School in Alton, Iowa.
While Ed was still a teenager, he and his father owned a roller skating rink in Orange City. Ed would have a car full of young people, including his sister, from Alton and they would enjoy an afternoon or Saturday skating in Orange City. In 1982 Ed and his dad gifted the rink to Northwestern College for campus expansion.
Upon graduation from high school, Ed attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. After graduation from Westmar, Ed attended UCLA, a special school for becoming a mortician. He began practicing at a funeral home in Des Moines, Iowa. It was in Des Moines that he met the love of his life, Virginia Stamper from Creston, Iowa.
Ed and Virginia married in Creston on September 2, 1961. Soon after they moved to Omaha and out their years there. Ed enjoyed an artistic and creative talent that led him to Mastercraft Furniture Company where he designed furniture and prepared it to work efficiently on the assembly line. He worked there until he retired.
Ed and Virginia enjoyed traveling in their Vixan, a unique motor home, only a few of which were made. They traveled annually to Colorado to see the Aspens turn color and enjoy God’s creation.
Left to cherish his memory is his only sister, JoEllen Sorgdrager; two nieces, Kathy Vant Hul (Mark) and Jamie Robers (Russ). He is also survived by four grandnephews and two grandnieces, as well as several cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia in 2013; and brother-in-law, Merle Sorgdrager in 2015.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 31st from 9am to 10am at Westwood Community Church, 13056 Atwood Ave., followed by SERVICES at 10am at the church. Interment Tuesday, 3:30pm, Graceland Cemetery in Creston, Iowa; military honors by Theodore J. Martens VFW Post 1797 of Creston. Memorials to Open Door Mission, Creston Library Foundation, or Westwood Community Church.