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F "Van" Van Ampting

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Funeral services for Mr. F. "Van" Van Ampting, 81, of Spencer ,will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Bethany Lutheran Church of Spencer. Rev. Scott Meier will officiate the service.

Visitation will begin one hour prior to the memorial service Thursday at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Interment will take place at a later date.

Van passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Longhouse Residence of Spencer.

F. "Van" Van Ampting, the son of Anton and Theodora (Hendrickson) Van Ampting, was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Bellwood, Neb. His childhood years were spent in Bellwood where he attended school and graduated from Bellwood High School. Further education included two years of business school in Omaha, Neb.

On Aug. 17, 1944, Van entered the military where he served with the Army until his honorable discharge on Nov. 26, 1946.

Van was united in marriage to Marie Walstrom in Omaha, Neb. They later divorced.

On June 12, 1963, Van was married to Leona Falk (Grafentin) in Spencer.

Throughout his life Van was a well-known restauranteur in the food service industry. He owned many restaurants which include the Pancake House, Village Inn, Villager, Catering Kitchen, Little Tommy Tucker Restaurant, Little Tommy Tucker Cinnamon Rolls and Waffle Fries. He was involved in every aspect of these endeavors, from initial planning to custom design to menu selection.

Van franchised the Villager restaurants in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri. He also franchised Little Tommy Tucker in Iowa, Montana and Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona; his parents; son, Robert Van Ampting; and grandson, Marcus Van Ampting.

Van is survived by his children: Kent "Red" Van Ampting of Milford, Karen Aasgaard, and husband, Rick of Lake Mills, and Vicki Grafentin of Milwaukee, Wis. -- presently living in Panama; one daughter-in-law, Valorie Van Ampting of Spencer; brothers and sisters: William Van Ampting of Lincoln, Neb., Mary Taylor of Tucson, Ariz,, Paul Van Ampting and wife, Gladys of Chalmette, La., Rosemarie Bruckner and husband, Paul of Schuyler, Neb., Tony Van Ampting of Tucson, Ariz., and Dorothy Pokorny and husband, Alan of Lincoln, Neb.; and six grandchildren.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.