John William Van Tuyl

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

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

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.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to find this... May the wonderful memories that you all share, lift your hearts up forever.

Posted by Sharon Paglia Ott - Ankeny, IA - Neighbor   December 14, 2020

Sharon; so sorry to hear of Johns' passing through the Pioneers email. Have always enjoyed time spent visiting w/you and John when we had the opportunity; and of course the time we had together in student services at DMACC. Ginny and I pray for comfort and strength through the good memories of a life well lived. Blessings, Jim and Ginny

Posted by Jim Frazee - Ankeny, IA   December 14, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers to John's loved ones. I'm glad that John was a part of the DMACC Pioneers family.

Posted by Judith Vogel - Ankeny, IA - Coworker   December 14, 2020

So sorry to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Vel Hans

Posted by Vel Hans - Coworker   December 14, 2020

John took photographs of our annual end-of the-year "Faculty Follies." at Amos Hiatt middle school. He generously gave the teacher-actors prints of the event.
He was the BEST pingpong player I ever played against!
John was kind, caring and had a great sense of humor.

Posted by Paul Wallendal - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   December 13, 2020

With sympathy Sharon and family. We didn't get to see John often, but when we did he always seemed to genuinely be glad to see you and always had time to chat and get caught up on what was happening with our families. I'll miss his laugh. It was something he did often and was real. Sort of mischievous. The world was a better place with John in it.

Posted by Joe and rosemary Robbins - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 13, 2020

John and I worked together at Amos Hiatt Middle School. He was a colleague and friend.

Posted by Dennis Swallow - Waukee, IA - Friend   December 13, 2020

We were so sorry to learn of John's passing. May he rest in peace and pray his memories will comfort you in the days ahead.

Posted by Sandi and Dave wurster - Polk City, IA - Friend   December 13, 2020

I will miss you John. Let it be known that a true gentleman just entered heaven.

Posted by John Brown - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 13, 2020

Sharon, Lynne Marie, Steve, Carl and Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. I never knew John but he sounds as if he had a wonderful life with his family and service to our country. I taught with Jim and Eunice and Carl. Seeing his picture I can't believe how they all resemble each other. How much fun they probably had growing up together, a very close-knit family. My deepest sympathies to all of his family. May John Rest In Peace. Shirley Corkhill

Posted by Shirley Corkhill - Des moines, IA - Friend   December 13, 2020

Our thoughts go out to you and family in this sad time. If I can help with anything, please let me know. I was a fellow member of John's breakfast group. His wit and charm will be truly missed. We could always count on that happy smile that made the day begin right, and he was the only one of us who could remember a joke long enough to retell it properly. Take care.
Frank and Mary Weibel

Posted by A friend   December 12, 2020


So sorry to hear of John's passing. We really enjoyed John in the walking class at the Y. We loved chatting with him. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Linda Wilson - Ankeny, IA - Acquaintance   December 10, 2020

John will be missed by the Blanchard family. John was our neighbor, friend and witty observer of people including the family. John could tell a story with a wink and a smile that always displaying grace and charm. You could always count on great stories about his days as a U.S. Air Force Officer in England, junior-high teacher in Des Moines, graduate student at Arizona State University---and winters in Florida with Sharon after retirement. While his stories have fallen silent the memories of John have not for the Blanchard family.

Posted by jay blanchard - Friend   December 09, 2020

Sharon I'm so sorry for your loss. Because of Covid we haven't seen much of each other but I hope that will change soon. I'm keeping you in my prayers. God bless and comfort you and your family.

Posted by Rose Hoffman - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 08, 2020

Sharon I'm so sorry for your loss because of Covid we haven't seen much of each other but hope that will change soon. I'm keeping you in my prayers. God bless and comfort you and your family.

Posted by Rose Hoffman - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 08, 2020