John “Jack” Francis Van Steenvoort of Devils Lake, N.D., formerly of Whitetail, Mont., died Tuesday, May 1, 2013 at his home in Devils Lake.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. with a Rosary and scripture service at 4 p.m. Visitation on Monday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass.
Pallbearers are Jadin Van Steenvoort (grandson), Dave Hanrahan (friend), (nephews): Frank Van Steenvoort, Clifford Van Steenvoort, Rick Burckhard, Dave Freidig. Altar servers are his great-nieces, Hannah, MaKayla, and Emma Van Steenvoort. Gift bearers are his great-nieces and great-nephews, Averi, Christian, and Hayden Van Steenvoort and Sylvia Freidig. Scripture Readers are great-nieces, Anja and Dru Lunday
John “Jack” Francis Van Steenvoort was born March 2, 1924, in Crary, N.D., to Francis “Frank” and Ethel (Greb) Van Steenvoort. On September 6, 1945 he married Marcheta Marie Knutson in Crary. They had one son, John W. Van Steenvoort.
Jack lived and worked at several different places in Montana, before settling on the farm of Dave and Connie Hanrahan near Whitetail. Jack was always considered family at the Hanrahan’s. He lived and worked on their farm from the early 1970’s until he returned to Devils Lake in 2009.
Jack was beloved by his family back on the family farm near Crary, where he regularly visited home to hunt, fish, help on the farm, and share his stories. Jack also enjoyed racing Polaris snow machines. He was a skilled pilot and loved flying his J-3 Piper airplane, which he used to hunt coyotes, as well as many other adventures. He was always on call to nearby Montana farmers ready and willing to eliminate coyotes from their livestock herds.
Jack loved hunting and fishing, and even more telling stories of his wildly colorful experiences. He entertained us all for countless hours with his fascinating tales which we will dearly miss.
Jack is survived by his son, John (Sally) Van Steenvoort, Denver Colo.; grandsons, Jon K. (Jennifer) Van Steenvoort, San Antonio, Tex. and Jadin K. (Dana) Van Steenvoort, Helena Mont.; great grandchildren, Kiersten, Kade, Stella, and Scarlet; brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Marie Van Steenvoort, Crary, and Stan and Bernice Van Steenvoort, Alva Okla.; MaryAnn Van Steenvoort, Devils Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ethel; sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances (Wallace) Crawford, Ellen (Rictor) Sather; brothers, Thomas Van Steenvoort, Eugene Van Steenvoort, Daniel Van Steenvoort; ex-wife Marcheta Knutson and grandson, Jason R. Van Steenvoort.
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Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.