John C. VanHove

John C. VanHove


Due to rain, all services for John VanHove will be held at the Kanawha Fire Station on Saturday, July 10.

John C. VanHove, 81 of Kanawha, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the Kanawha Community Home in Kanawha.

Graveside service for John VanHove will be Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Amsterdam Township Cemetery in Rural Kanawha. Following the graveside service lunch will be held at the Kanawha Fire Station. 

John Carlyle VanHove, the son of John and Willemnina (Giddings) VanHove, was born January 27, 1939 at Elmore, Minnesota. He graduated from the Buffalo Center High School in 1957.
John met the love of his life, Jacqueline Gerdis at the local skating rink. The couple was united in marriage in 1957 at the Elmore Lutheran Church. They then moved to Kanawha in 1959 where they raised their three children.

He was first employed at the Yeakel Garage and then Kanawha elevator. While working fulltime in Kanawha, John also served on the Kanawha Fire Department. John then bought his first Semi-truck and began his 30 year career as an over the road truck driver.
After he retired, John helped Daryl Ruter on his farm. He believed in keeping busy and being honest with yourself. He enjoyed racing stock cars in Mason City and Algona and was a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings.

He is survived by his wife, Jacki VanHove of Kanawha; son Jim VanHove of Carroll; daughter Laurie (Mike) Christians of Kanawha; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, daughter Pam Brandt, grandson Jon Michael, and sister Sandy.


Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Amsterdam Township Cemetery
Kanawha, Iowa
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