Arlo Van Hoever, 84, of Grinnell and formerly of Montezuma, passed away Tuesday morning, Mar. 18, 2014, at his home at Windsor Manor in Grinnell. Memorial services were held Friday, Mar. 21, at Holland-Coble Funeral Home in Montezuma with military rites provided at the funeral home by the Blakely-Stevens American Legion Post #169. Burial will be held at a later date at the Jackson Township Cemetery in Montezuma. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Grinnell Regional Hospice.
Arlo William Van Hoever, son of Jacob and Jessie (Johannes) Van Hoever, was born on Feb. 27, 1930, in rural Montezuma. He graduated from Montezuma High School in 1948. Arlo enlisted in the United States Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1953. On Feb. 15, 1953, Arlo was united in marriage to Maxine Stanley at the Stanley farm in rural Searsboro. To this union three children were born.
Arlo owned the D-X Filling Station in Montezuma with Keith Watts before starting A and A Motor Service with Artie Craver in the early 1960s. He also worked at Vannoy Chevrolet, he owned his own mechanic shop in Searsboro, and worked at various other auto mechanic shops, before going to work at Bushong Construction for 10 years, retiring in 1998. Arlo enjoyed gardening, coffee time, having a good conversation with his friends and family, playing cards, and above all, spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved to tease and give nicknames. He was a 60-year member of the Blakely-Stevens American Legion Post #169 and a member of the Jackson Church of Christ.
His memory will be cherished by his wife of 61 years, Maxine Van Hoever of Grinnell; three children, Penni (Lee) Sharer of Montezuma, Danny Van Hoever of Searsboro, and Ginger (Kent) McIlrath of Montezuma; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Virginia Neofotist of Grinnell.
Arlo was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Ben Sharer.