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Larry Van Cleve Creston

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 10:44 a.m. CDT

Larry Van Cleve, 67, of Creston died Aug. 21, 2014, at his home in Creston.

Celebration of life graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at Hill of Zion Cemetery, east of Orient. The Rev. Chuck Spindler will officiate. Open visitation will be 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday with family present 4 to 5 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25 in Creston. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Theodore J. Martens Post No. 1797 of the Creston V.F.W. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at

Larry Dennis Van Cleve, son of Beverly E. (Reipke) and Roger A. Van Cleve, was born April 18, 1947, in Worthington, Minn.

Larry graduated from Worthington High School in 1966. He went on to serve in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969 in Vietnam.

Larry then worked in civil service for the government for more than 20 years, repairing helicopters in the Kwajalein Islands, Iraq and Japan, among other places.

Larry worked with Selectavend in Winterset from 1995 to 1997. He moved to Creston in 1998.

On Oct. 18, 1998, Larry married Judy A. (Linthicum) McCord in Winterset. They settled in Creston.

Larry went on to work for Wellman Dynamics in 2000 to May 2014, recently working the rotary file.

Larry was a member of Theodore J. Martens Post No. 1797 of the Creston V.F.W.

Larry is survived by his wife Judy Van Cleve of Creston; stepdaughters, Jodi McCord of Greenwood, Mo., Miranda McCord of Winterset and Elizabeth McCord of Council Bluffs; two step-grandchildren; brother Richard Van Cleve of St. Paul, Minn.; sister Pam Van Cleve of Des Moines; aunt Deloris Sailor of St. Paul, Minn.; and many cousins.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents.

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