John E "Jack" Veldheer


January 10, 1932 - July 16, 2014


John E. "Jack" Veldheer was born to John and Jeannette (Van’t Haaff) Veldheer on January 10, 1932 at home in Academy SD. He graduated from Platte High School. On November 5, 1952 he and Arla M. Star started a 62 year love story. His last words assured her of his love.

They started married life in Toledo OH with Jack attending meat cutting trade school. He worked cutting meat in Grand Rapids MI, Pickstown SD, and Platte SD. They moved to Mitchell SD in 1958 to work for Sunbeam Bread.

1963 was the beginning of Jack’s Campers, starting with selling campers out of a melon stand on Havens Avenue. The business grew so it moved to its current location on I-90.

Jack‘s love of the Lord was his first priority and he shared this with everyone by singing, giving and encouraging. His joy was spending time with family and friends camping, traveling, fishing, golfing and spending time wintering in Florida.

Jack was a charter member of the First Reformed Church in Mitchell, helping in any way he could for many years and served on several other boards including Gideons, Lions and Salvation Army..

Grateful to share his life are his wife, Arla; his children, Kathleen (Dan) Matthews, Brenda Veldheer, Doug (Kari) Veldheer all of Mitchell SD, John (Rita) Veldheer of Kansas City MO;  twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; three  sisters: Joyce (Allan) Polly, Platte SD, Jane (Larry) Meirle, Spring Lake MI, Jerralynne Tjeerdsma, Sioux Falls SD; three brothers:  Jim (Sandy) Veldheer, Grand Rapids MI, Buz (Dawn) Veldheer, Greer SC, Joel (Wendy) Veldheer, Grand Rapids MI; one brother-in-law, Vernon (LuVerne) Star, Corsica, SD; two sisters-in-law, Octavia Den Beste, Payson AZ, Kathy Veldheer, Grandville MI and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, three brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law and one great-granddaughter.

Memorials can be sent to the Gideons or Campus Crusade.



Sunday, July 20, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
First Reformed Church
Prayer Service ~ 2:30 PM
500 West 16th
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, July 21, 2014
1:30 PM
First Reformed Church
500 West 16th
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Marvin & Bonnie Van Dam on July 24, 2014
Veldheer Family, so sorry to hear of Jack's passing! What a man!, and what an impact he had on both of our lives, inside and outside of church! He will be missed, but we can imagine him right now having coffee with Tenny & Bregitta! Oh the stories they must be sharing! Our sympathies, & May the good Lord comfort you!
Posted by Lloyd Kannegieter on July 21, 2014
My Family's Sympathy to the Veldeer Family. What a special Family relationship we had with you when we lived right across the street from you in Mitchell. There was only one JACK. We loved him very much.
Posted by Larry & Sherry Van Zee on July 21, 2014
Love and prayers to all the family in this time of loss. We appreciated Jack's service to SBA.
Posted by Jason Watson on July 21, 2014
On behalf of the entire Sunshine Bible Academy family, our heartfelt appreciation for Jack's life, testimony and faithful support of the ministry at SBA. May the Lord comfort your family during this time and encourage you with the assurance that Jack is now in His presence and we will see him again someday.
Posted by Wayne Mueller on July 20, 2014
Arla and Family: Jack was indeed a generous, giving man who had impeccably high integrity. He loved to give to causes that had purpose and mission. His word was just as good as his signature and he always kept his word. He was a pleasant and challenging man to have as a friend. I learned much from him. May Our Father bring comfort and hope to each one of you now.
Posted by Pegge Pranger & family on July 19, 2014
Arla & family: You are in our thoughts & prayers now & days ahead as you adjust to your loss,may God's love & peace comfort you.
Posted by Larry and Lucy Whitcomb on July 19, 2014
Arla and Veldheer Family: We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of cousin Jack. You and your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time. We pray that our Lord and Savior will surround you with love and peace throughout the days of this difficult journey. We send our love and sincere sympathies.
Posted by Jake Van Den Hul on July 19, 2014
Dear Doug and the rest of the family. My sympathies to you all. Jack was a true messenger for the kingdom. I'll always have good memories of my camper purchases at Jacks.Campers. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Jack and Ramona Ufen on July 18, 2014
Arla and Family, Jack was dear to us. He enriched our lives in so many ways. His wonderful philosophy on how to live and how to give was always Christ-centered. Surely, we will never forget him. May the Lord bless and keep you during this time of grief and loss.
Posted by Jamie and Cheryl McClain on July 18, 2014
To the Veldheer family we want to say that we love you and that we so appreciated Jack. May you be comforted in your mourning.
Posted by Danny & Kelsie Myers on July 18, 2014
Thanks Jack for all the good memories. You were always so gracious and loved to give, of yourself, your family and your possessions. What a great encourager and forthright man. We will miss you but Praise God, Heaven is your gain! Arla, we love you and know the Lord will continue to walk you through the coming days, weeks, months and years--He is faithful and will show that to you over and over!
Posted by Joan Giedd on July 18, 2014
Arla, my deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Jack.
Posted by Marlene Breukelman-Daale on July 18, 2014
My sincere condolences for your loss. Jack was a great man so you must have lots of great memories to cherish. Sending thoughts and prayers for the days ahead.
Posted by Debbie Plate Nobel on July 18, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Jack. I have so many great memories of him. God has truly taken and angel home to be with him. Sending prayers for comfort for you all at this time. God bless you all.
Posted by Milton & Lovella Schrader on July 18, 2014
Jack helped our missionary friend by giving him and his wife a camper which was used in Mexico for many years in their film ministry. Jack also furnished needed items for thems. Our missionary friends and jack are now in heaven celebrating. We extend our sympathies to his family and friends. God Bless you all
Posted by Carol Brower on July 17, 2014
The Veldheer family, you have my deepest sympathies! Jack was such an amazing Godly man and well respected every where. God bless!
Posted by Chris Fosness on July 17, 2014
Well Done My Good and Grateful Servant!! Forever Grateful to the Man who provided the transportation (a beautiful motorhome) to a Mountain Top (Estes Park, CO) that I accepted Christ into my life.
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