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“I am so sorry to find this... May the wonderful memories that you all share, lift your hearts up forever. ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Sharon Paglia Ott - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Jim Frazee - Ankeny, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers to John's loved ones. I'm glad that John was a part of the DMACC Pioneers family. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Judith Vogel - Ankeny, IA

“So sorry to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Vel Hans ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Vel Hans - Coworker

“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...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Paul Wallendal - Des Moines, IA

“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...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Joe and rosemary Robbins - Ankeny, IA

“John and I worked together at Amos Hiatt Middle School. He was a colleague and friend. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Dennis Swallow - Waukee, IA

“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. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Sandi and Dave wurster - IA

“I will miss you John. Let it be known that a true gentleman just entered heaven. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: John Brown - Ankeny, IA - Friend

“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...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Shirley Corkhill - Des moines, IA

“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...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Sharon,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...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Wilson - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: jay blanchard - Friend

“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...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Rose Hoffman - Ankeny, IA

“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....Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Rose Hoffman - Ankeny, IA


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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.