Emmett Van Veen


Emmett Eugene Van Veen Jr., 69, of Ottumwa, died at 8:35 a.m. September 9, 2020 at home.

He was born September 26, 1950 in Ottumwa to Emmett E. and Oma Wood Van Veen Sr. Emmett married Deborah Lewis in 1974 and they later divorced.

A graduate of Ottumwa High School, Emmett worked at John Morrell & Co., Excel and Cargill Meat Solutions, retiring in 2012.

He enjoyed riding his bike, dressing up as Santa Claus, attending the Iowa State Fair, seeing Poppin’ Johnnies, attending Octoberfest, and visiting and helping others.

Surviving are his children, Jason Van Veen, Jeremy Van Veen and Jessica Dawn; 3 grandchildren, Bryce Van Veen, Reiley Freeman and Riayn Van Veen; siblings, John, Bruce, Brian, Andy, Paul and Warren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Emmett Van Veen Sr. and his mother, Oma Klontz.

Private funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 15th, at Reece Funeral Home. For those wishing to watch the service online, you may do so from the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.

Limited open visitation will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, September 14th. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.rfh-ia.com.

Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Iowa.

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