HENRY VAN MAANEN was born on January 18, 1947 to Jacob and Margaret (Vrolyk) Van Maanen in Luverne, Minnesota. He received his baptism and later confirmed his faith. He was raised in the Hills and Beaver Creek, Minnesota area and graduated from high school. He worked for area farmers, then at Rapps Auto Sales, next at the Luverne Country Club and later at A.R. Woods Manufacturing. On August 6, 1969, Henry was united in marriage to Shirley Flystra at the Wayside Chapel in Sioux Center, Iowa. The couple made their home in Luverne. In 1972, Henry began working at Luverne Bumper and continued there until his retirement in 2009. On Thursday, January 5, 2023, Henry died at the Human Services Center in Yankton, South Dakota at the age of 75 years, 11 months and 17 days.
Henry was a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne. He enjoyed watching sports, putting together puzzles, and vegetable gardening. He especially enjoyed watching his grandson play football. Henry loved getting together at family gatherings and spending time with family.
Henry is survived by his daughter, Andrea (Dan) Kubesh of Luverne; grandchildren, Damian Reese of San Antonio, Texas, Zoey Matthiesen of Canton, South Dakota, Paige and Destiny Kubesh of Luverne; sister, Gerardina “Carrie” (George) Hazuka of Lake Andes, South Dakota; a niece; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Van Maanen (September 18, 2003); parents; a brother-in-law, Howard Petersen; and a nephew, Harlen Petersen.