Howard John Van Voorst (Leadville, CO)

Born: Sat., Aug. 22, 1931
Died: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 14, 2017
Location: Bailey-Kent Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Dec. 15, 2017
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Leadville

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Howard John Van Voorst, 86, of Leadville, Colorado passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017. He was born August 22, 1931, in Holland, Michigan to John R. and Sarah Elizabeth (Betty Slager) Van Voorst. On December 9, 1952, Howard married Lois Padmos and they had five children: Karen, William, Ronald, and twins James and Julie.
Howard proudly served his country in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1954 because of a non-combat related injury.  He worked in construction most of his life and enjoyed driving with Lois to many state and national bowling tournaments and Elks conventions.  He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Leadville, VFW Post, #859, Past Exalted Ruler of BPOE #236 of Leadville and Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler.  He was a former member of Leadville Eagle’s Lodge, #91 and served on the Leadville Sanitation District Board.
Howard is survived by children: Karen Cooper (Russell Nauta), Woodland Park CO; William (Diana) Van Voorst, Georgetown CO; Julie (Tim) Hamilton, Kuna ID; grandchildren: Kimberly (Tim) LaRue, Jeremy, James & Jennifer Van Voorst (William Naeve), Katie Van Voorst (Scott Elliott), Heather Dworshak, Amber Hamilton (Zach Olds), and Ashley Hamilton (Shawn Bonde); great grandchildren: Lane, Jaylin, Lily, Augustine, Hope, Mercy, Shilo, Kolton and Tayvin; Sister, Elaine Schwander; sister-in-law Ethel Bruursema and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; sons, Ron & Jim, infant great grandchildren, Braxton, Jessalyn & Trevor and his brother Robert.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bailey-Kent Funeral Home in Leadville.  A funeral service will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Leadville with Reverend Peggy Marshall officiating.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Elks National Foundation, c/o BPOE #236, P.O. Box 856, Leadville CO, 80461.  Please click on the "Condolences" tab above to leave a condolence or remembrance for Mr. Van Voorst's family.

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David Schutte
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
What a great man and family.

Alison Macdonald
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
Loved Howard and Loiis. They were always such a joy to be around! Love to Karen and the entire family during these hard days ahead.

Joelyn Linn
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
He was a fine Christian man. He always gave such good hugs and we had fine conversations.

Sally Anderson
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
Julie I am so sorry to read of the passing for your dad. It’s hard to lose the last of your parents as I found when I’m mom added away in August this year at age 90 - 6 weeks shy of 91. I didn’t know your brother skim had passed away either but I have missed some newspapers with some major surgeries in the last 2 years. I will keep your family in my prsyers.

FYI our 40th class reunion will be this summer or fall. Details are still being worked on.

Arnie and Norma Disselkoen
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
Our sincere sympathy to Karen and siblings in the passing of your dad. Your mom and dad were dear friends for years. After moving to Colorado, we always felt special when in Michigan, they would check in with us and we would spend an afternoon or evening with them. You are in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.

Sally Fosdick
   Posted Wed December 13, 2017
Karen and all of the Van Voorst family: I am so sorry for your loss. May time heal and the knowledge that he is with those that passed before him make it a little bit easier for you.

Sally Fosdick

Neil and Lynette Booth
   Posted Sat December 16, 2017
We were very saddened to hear of Howard's passing. He was a kind and gentle man. He had a big smile and generously gave wonderful hugs. Our prayers are with the family.

Jan and Brian Wilson
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018
We are saddened to hear of Howard's passing. When we still lived in Leadville, we always enjoyed talking to him at church, the grocery store, or in so many places around town. Our sympathies to Karen and the rest of the family. Let your memories be your strength.
Jan and Brian Wilson

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