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Russell E. VanDornum

August 4, 1928 October 9, 2019
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Russell E. VanDornum, age 91, of Hubbard, IA, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the Hubbard Care Center in Hubbard, IA.
Russell Ervin Van Dornum was born August 4, 1928, in Steamboat Rock, Iowa the son of Albert and Helen (Tholen) Van Dornum.
In 1944, he was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Steamboat Rock by Rev. Howard Johnson.
Russell attended grade school and high school at the Steamboat Rock School.
Russell was drafted into the Army on January 12, 1951. He served in the Korean War and was overseas from June 1951 until April 1952 as a machine gun operator.
On March 25, 1953, Russell married Joan Lehmeier at the Salem United Methodist Church in Hubbard, Iowa. They lived on the Lehmeier family farm that has been in the Lehmeier family since 1888. Russell farmed the farm until he retired and moved into Hubbard, Iowa
Russell served on the ASCA Board. He was a member of American Legion Post #4 in Hubbard and Salem United Methodist Church, where he was on various church boards.
Russell enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota. He was an avid New York Yankees fan. He loved to pick on his grandkids.
He is survived by his wife Joan of Hubbard, Iowa; two daughters Cheryl (David) Duncan and of Hubbard, Iowa and Kathy (Curt) Alexander of Estero, Florida; four grandchildren Jared (Marie) Neubauer, Angie (Tyler) Rodgers, Abby (Nate) Burden and Aric (Alissa) Alexander; two step-grandchildren Angie Duncan and Jay (Sara) Duncan; ten great-grandchildren Jaxon and Brynn Neubauer, Ganon, Myar and Gradon Rodgers, Dylan, Ryker and Tessa Burden, Abel and Avalynn Alexander; one niece Diane Rash; along with many friends.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty Frerichs, twin siblings Lois and Louis Van Dornum and one nephew Douglas Frerichs.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Salem United Methodist Church, Hubbard, IA 50122.

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2:00 PM 10/12/2019 2:00:00 PM
Salem United Methodist Church

115 S Illinois St
Hubbard, IA 50122

Salem United Methodist Church
115 S Illinois St Hubbard 50122 IA
United States

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Hubbard Cemetery Final Resting Place

S Wisconsin St
Hubbard, IA 50122

S Wisconsin St Hubbard 50122 IA
United States

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Salem United Methodist Church

115 S Illinois St
Hubbard, IA 50122

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