Raymond Vander Wiel
Funeral services for Raymond Vander Wiel, 82, of Cedar Rapids, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, at Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids, with a live feed on
the Facebook page of Cedar Hills Community Church. Ray died on Dec. 4, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. A private burial will occur at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Noah's Ark Preschool in Cedar Rapids.
Raymond was born on Feb. 26, 1938, to Gerrit and Anna (Stam) Vander Wiel at home on the family's farm in Prairie City, Iowa. He started school in a small country school near Vandalia, Iowa. The family moved to Pella, Iowa, and Ray attended Pella Christian Elementary School and Pella Christian High School, graduating in 1956. Ray attended Calvin College for his BA in education and earned his Master's degree from Michigan State University.
He was married to Arlene Van Gorp of Pella on Aug. 6, 1958. The couple were devoted parents and grandparents and enjoyed camping, puzzles and games, spending time with good friends and being with family. Together, they spent countless hours creating a fun and creative learning environment at Noah's Ark Preschool. Arlene died on March 25, 2002.
Ray worked for Cedar Rapids Schools as a teacher and administrator, then as an administrator with AEA 10 until he retired in 2003.
Ray enjoyed creating and building all sorts of gadgets, inventions and practical things in his shop. He enjoyed activities as a family, including camping, trips, and church. He took pleasure in supporting and attending his kids and grandkids events. Most of all, Ray loved sleeping.
Ray's faith was always an important part of his life. He was a member of Cedar Hills Community church for over 50 years, serving in numerous leadership roles. He remained active as a leader, teacher, and encourager.
Ray was married to Shirley Rasmussen on April 3, 2003, in Cedar Rapids. In retirement they enjoyed traveling and camping in their RV, visiting friends, family and several national parks across the country. More recently, they loved the company of their two shih tzu pups, as well as their home at the Stoney Point Meadows community.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; his father, Gerrit; mother, Anna; his brothers, Gerald, Frank and Henry; and his sister, Ruthie.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Vander Wiel; his sisters, Anna Mae Vander Wiel and Marjorie Keur; his children, Brenda, Scott (Linda), Kurt (Kara) and Russ Vander Wiel, and Dean, Diane (Tom) and David (Holly) Rasmussen; his grandchildren, Deanna (Nick) and Alexandra Lines; Janelle (Casey) Kinman, Jonathan (Amanda), Micah and Gerrit Vander Wiel; Logan (Lauren), Caleb (Claire) and Ethan (Delaney) Vander Wiel; and Taylor, Garrett and Elena Rasmussen; and his great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Asher Kinman and Juniper Vander Wiel.