Mitch Vander Tuig

Friday, January 18, 2013
Mitch Vander Tuig

Funeral services for Mr. Mitch Vander Tuig, 94, of Primghar, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at the American Reformed Church in Primghar. Rev. Dennis Heitbrink officiated the service.

Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar following the service.

Mr. Vander Tuig passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Prairie View Care Center in Sanborn.

Mitch Vander Tuig was born on Jan. 11, 1919, in Sheldon, the oldest of five children. Mitch was raised on the farm and attended rural schools around the Paullina and Sanborn areas. A couple of Mitch's fondest childhood memories were of riding horses and helping his dad with chores, although, he wasn't crazy about milking the cows.

Mitch met Matilda Kreykes and the couple was married on Oct. 9, 1941, in Matilda's parent's home. They lived all their 66 married years in Primghar.

Mitch started his professional career by having his own custom feed grinding and baling business, and auctioneering on the side. He graduated from Reich Auctioneering School in Austin, Minn. in 1937. He worked both jobs until 1944, when he decided he wanted to be a full-time auctioneer. He auctioned all over northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. In the beginning of his career he sold cattle, machinery and other farm-related items. Later, he got his real estate license and was able to auction land. Mitch built up his business over the span of 50 years and retired in 1987.

For leisure he liked to play cards, golf and travel. Mitch also served on various boards including the NW Iowa Board of Realtors, Handicap Village, Hope Haven and the Primghar Development Corporation. Mitch was also a Charter Baptized Member of the American Reformed Church, where he served as Elder, Deacon of the Consistory and taught Sunday school and Catechism classes. Some of the traveling he did was to Butte, Montana to buy cattle, California to visit family, and Arizona, where he and Matilda spent 22 winters.

Mitch's family included: three children: Larry Vander Tuig of Waukee, Iowa, Linda and Doug Walvoord of Primghar, Iowa, and Bob and Becky Vander Tuig of Spencer, Iowa; nine grandchildren: Kris, Tracey, Michelle, Brian, Janean, Angie, Janelle, Kyle and Tyler; 18 great-grandchildren: Jamie, Jenna, Alex, Shea, Zachary, Grace, Kaelyn, Emily, Jacob, Mason, Reagan, Cole, Brock, Alec, Kaitlyn, Brennen, Douglas and Alivia; one great-great-grandchild, Brecken; one sister, Gladys Hylarides; and one sister-in-law, Joyce Vande Griend.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda, on Sept. 10, 2007; daughter-in-law, Kathy Vander Tuig; parents, Pete and Gertrude (Donkersloot) Vander Tuig; step-mother, Artie Vander Tuig; a brother and sister-in-law, Rich and Ruth Vander Tuig; a brother, Percy; a sister and brother-in-law, Jack and Sadie Hilbrands; and a brother-in-law, Don Hylarides.

Memorials may be directed to the Primghar Public Library and to the Kid's Bible Club at the American Reformed Church in Primghar.

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The Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar is in charge of arrangements.

Guadian--Eldridge Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.