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Paul Van Hyfte

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
4:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Garden View Chapel
3655 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50704

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
1:00 PM
Garden View Chapel
3655 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50704

Paul Arnold Van Hyfte, second of six children born to Emma and Paul Van Hyfte, was born July 29, 1918 in Huron, SD, and passed away on June 16, 2010 in San Antonio, TX.

Paul is survived by daughters; RomaKay May of Bloomington, MN; Lucinda Curtis of San Antonio, TX; son, David (Pamela) Van Hyfte of Maynard; one sister Marilyn (Art) Sakioka of CA, one brother; Eldon (Tillie) Van Hyfte of CA; sisters-in-law; Dora Van Hyfte of CA, and Mabel Yaggy of MN; one brother-in-law; Ole Thompson of OR; four grandchildren in Iowa, one grandson in MN; and 16 great grandchildren, all of Iowa. Paul is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Paul had been married to Sarah B. Yaggy Van Hyfte for 60 years when she passed away in August of 2003.

Paul’s life consisted of childhood in Huron, SD, and a later move with the family to northern Minnesota where he worked on the family farm. It was during this time that he met Sarah; they were married in Solway, MN in 1943 while he was in the U.S. Navy, serving his country during WW ll. After the war, Paul was discharged in California and Sarah joined him there to set up housekeeping and to be close to family. A further move took them to Waterloo, Iowa, where Paul worked for other farmers until he took a full-time job with the Rath Packing Company.

They purchased their first home in Evansdale, Iowa. A short time later, they purchased land in the countryside of Waterloo and built their first home. Paul continued to work free-lance for surrounding farmers as the work became available. Paul retired from Rath Packing Co. in 1981. He and Sarah sold the country home; purchased a fifth wheel recreational trailer; and traveled around the U.S. They settled in their retirement home in Alamo, Texas, living in a converted orange grove that catered to mobile home owners who purchased their own lots. Paul and Sarah thoroughly enjoyed their retirement life. They were able to continue their yearly treks back to the North Country to visit family and friends. During these treks north, and through much of the United States, they would only need space on which to park their “rig”. Their treks also took them into Mexico, Canada, Alaska and Nova Scotia.

They also enjoyed two trips to Europe to visit their daughter, Lucinda, while she was serving her country in the U.S. Army.

Paul missed his wife, Sarah when she passed away. In 2004, he moved from the Texas valley mobile home park to daughter, Lucinda, in San Antonio, and remained under her capable care until his death.

The Van Hyfte Family thanks the Lord for His many blessings on Paul, Sarah and family members.


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