Timothy Craig Van Cleave of Perry

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Timothy Craig Van Cleave broke free to the other side Feb. 18, 2017.

Tim, the son of Lee Edward Van Cleave and Frances Jean Bennink Van Cleave, was born Nov. 5, 1952, in Jefferson, Iowa.


He grew up on his parents’ farm with his sister, Bonnie, and his brother, Tom.

He graduated from Perry High School in 1970.

Tim married Annette Wetteland in 1971.

Tim attended Iowa State University and earned his master’s degree in architecture. He worked, doing what he loved, for firms in Ames, Des Moines, Sioux City, Dubuque and Minneapolis before retiring.

Tim moved to the family farm to assist his parents.

Tim was an avid reader, enjoyed rock and roll music, loved animals, appreciated art and enjoyed the outdoors. He especially liked being on or near the water, fishing or canoeing.

Tim was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Fairy Van Cleave and Arthur and Jeanette Bennink; his brother, Tom Van Cleave; aunts, Dolores Helle and husband, LeRoy, Barbara Kipp, Roberta Russell and husband, Jack; and uncle, Warren Bennink and wife, Kathryn.

His memory will be forever cherished by his parents, Lee and Francis Van Cleave of Perry; sister, Bonnie Van Cleave of Bagley; niece, Sunni Lee of Bagley; nephews, Jim Van Cleave of Springfield, Mo., and Mike Van Cleave and wife, Jessica, of Fair Grove, Mo.; great-nieces and nephews, Angel Bunn, Mary Lee, Mitchell Van Cleave and Lee Van Cleave; and longtime friend and companion, Annette Wetteland.

Tim is also survived by his aunt, Bonnie Harmon and husband, Jim, of Grand Island, Neb.; uncle, Richard Kipp of Yale; many cousins; other relatives; and many friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or the Perry Public Library.

Funeral services for Tim were held Feb. 24 at Hastings Funeral Home in Perry, with visitation with the family one hour prior to the service. Burial was in the Prairie Center Cemetery near Linden.

Rev. Paul Burrow offered words of comfort. Elta Summerson was pianist for the service, and Bob Gittins sang and played guitar for selections, “Angel Band” and “Peace in the Valley.” Casket bearers were Mike Van Cleave, Mitchell Van Cleave, Sunni Lee, Trent Andrews, Shannon Bryan and Richard Kipp.

Lunch was served at the First United Methodist Church by the ladies of the church.

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