Leslie Martin Vanveen, age 66, of Hamilton, passed away on Sunday evening, March 3, 2019 at Oakwood Specialty Care in Albia, under the care of EveryStep Hospice. Les was born on Monday, Sept. 1, 1952 to Martin and Juanita (Gladson) Van Veen.
Les grew up in Hamilton, and attended school in Twin Cedars. He worked at University and McConville Coal Mines. He also farmed, worked with scrap metal, and sold parts from junk cars. He always liked to watch the cars be crushed. He put up a lot of hay in his day, and Les and his best friend Wayne Allen would pick up cans.
He is survived by his brother, Ron (Sheila) Van Veen of Hamilton; sister, Juanita (Charles) Wilson of Lovilia; his nieces that he always treated as his kids, Crystal (Charles) Anderson of Galt, Mo., Tina Van Veen of Lovilia; nephew, Rodney (Brenda) Van Veen of Ottumwa, niece, Christina (Ben) Ulrey of Des Moines; great-nieces and nephews that he considered as grandkids, Cheyenne, Elizabeth, Felisha Anderson, Nathanial, Ayla, Caitlin Van Veen, Martin Van Veen, Desirae Goemaat, and great-great-nephews, Jeffrey Young, Christian Chaney, and Jackson Wisdom.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Juanita Van Veen; grandparents, Leo and Esther Gladson, Anthony and Hattie (Visser) Van Veen, and best friend, Wayne Allen.
Les’ body has been cremated. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family at sinnottfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted with Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia.