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Elmer Vanderpluym


Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:57 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:32 a.m. CDT

Elmer Vanderpluym, 95, of Creston died April 22, 2014, at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Tingley Cemetery. Mary O’Riley will officiate. Graveside military rites will be provided by Creston Theodore J. Martens VFW Post No. 1797. Open visitation with family present will be 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 25 and 34, Creston. Memorials may be given to Creston Theodore J. Martens VFW Post No. 1797 or Creston Nursing and Rehab Center. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Elmer Vanderpluym, son of Hazel Dell (Dewey) and Albert H. Vanderpluym, was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Shannon City.

Elmer attended Hackberry Country School near Tingley and graduated from Tingley High School in 1936.

Elmer served during World War II in the United States Army as part of the infantry.

On July 15, 1943, Elmer married Darlene Turnball in Arlington, Va.

After they were discharged from the service, they returned to a farm south of Creston, where Elmer worked various jobs.

In 1949, they moved into Creston and lived at his previous residence, that he built, from 1951 until 2011.

Elmer worked for many years as part of the Soil Conservation Service as a civil engineering technician, retiring in 1984.

Elmer was a member of Theodore J. Martens V.F.W. Post 1797 and was active in the Afton Care Center Auxiliary.

Elmer is survived by his sons, David (wife Bonnie) Vanderpluym of Sidney and Jon (wife Jeanne) Vanderpluym of Waukee; sister Irene Hubbard of Creston; grandchildren, Amy (husband Derek) Mach of Woodstock, Ill., Josh (wife Laura) Vanderpluym of Blue Eye, Mo., and Lisa, Eric, Aaron and Adam Vanderpluym, all of Waukee; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Charlie Mach and Carly and Taylor Vanderpluym; sister-in-law Evelyn Hilton of Calumet City, Ill.; and brother-in-law Max Herrington of Atlantic.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, wife; his brothers, Wayne, Raymond and Dean Vanderpluym; sister Alice Coon; grandson Todd Vanderpluym; brothers-in-law, Wayne, Robert and Darrell Turnbull; and sister-in-law Helen Herrington.

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