John William Van Tuyl

  • Born: July 10, 1934
  • Died: December 8, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
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Tribute & Message From The Family

John William Van Tuyl passed away December 8, 2020.

John was born on July 10, 1934 to Glenn and Lucille Van Tuyl. John's mother passed away when he was six weeks old.

John attended various schools in the area and graduated from Woodward High School in 1952 at the age of 16. John attended Drake University and was a member of the Air force ROTC program. He received is BA degree as well as his Lieutenant Commission into the Air Force in 1955.

In April, 1956 he began his active military duty. On August 5, 1956 he married Sharon Waltman. Military life took them to Wyoming, Indiana and Lakenheath, England.

In 1959 they returned to the states where he began teaching in the Des Moines Public Schools and attended Drake University part-time where he received his Master's Degree.

He retired from the School district in 1985. He opened Van Tuyl Photography and ran the business successfully until he sold it in 1995.
John and Sharon loved to travel. They visited friends in England and took a Mediterranean Cruise to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

John is survived by Sharon, his wife of 64 years, daughter Lynne Marie, son Steve (Rhonda) grandsons, Garrett and Mason, brothers Jim (Eunice) and Carl, nieces, Rebecca, Debra, Kristie and nephew, Doug.

He was proud of his Military Service and cherished his friends and family.