March 25, 1923- January 14, 2014
Friend may call after 9:30 a.m. until time of services2:00 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2014.
Barbara Lorene Van Dyke was born on March 25, 1923 at Des Moines, Iowa to Fred W. Hood and Anna Geraldine Ames and died January 14, 2014 at Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Branch, Iowa at the age of 90 years. Barb graduated from North High School in Des Moines in 1940 and attended business school from 1941 to 1942. For most of her life worked in secretarial positions, including Douglas Aircraft in California during WWII. On returning to Iowa, Barb was married to Roy Wesley Van Dyke on December 2, 1944 at Dexter, Iowa. The couple lived in Illinois, Tucson, AZ and Des Moines for a while before moving to Jefferson in 1953. Barb was a devoted wife and mother of two girls Susan and Marcia. Barb worked as a legal secretary for Attorney Charles Hurd for many years and then as secretary for the Greene County Attorney, Nick Martino where she enjoyed visiting daily with area peace officers. Barb retired in 2001 and moved to West Branch, Iowa. Barb enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and all types of craft activities. Barb was active as a 4-H leader in Greene County for many years. She also was a member First United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. of the Jefferson Does Lodge, very active in the Highland Park American Legion Auxiliary in Des Moines. Barb was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Roy in 1988; daughter Marcia in 1996; a brother John and nephew Jeff. Barb is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Susan and Steve Jackson of West Branch, Iowa, step-grandchildren Lisa and Jeremy, other relatives and friends.Information provided by: Hastings Funeral Home 403 North Elm Jefferson, IA 50129 Hastings.funeralplan2.com