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FULTON, IL - Wayne L. Van Zuiden, 84, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center East, Davenport, IA.

Wayne was born January 19, 1933, in Newton Township, Rural Albany, IL, the son of William J. and Fannie (VenHuizen) Van Zuiden. He married Leslie Peterson on July 13, 1952, in Hillsdale, IL. She preceded him in death on April 22, 1988. He later married Sara L. Fisher on July 3, 1988, in Clinton, IA. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. After his discharge from the Army he farmed in the rural Albany area for many years and drove truck for the Van Zuiden Trucking. He was employed by CF Industries, Albany for many years as a regional manager and retired at a superintendent. He is a member of the Fulton Presbyterian Church, a member of the Albany Lion's Club, and a 50 year member the Albany American Legion, Post #1079. He played bass guitar and was the lead singer of the County Rebels band. He was also a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Van Zuiden, of Fulton, IL; 1 daughter, Penny (Gerald) Von Essen, of Savanna, IL; 2 sons, Rodney Van Zuiden, of Springfield, IL, and Tracy (Kim) Van Zuiden of Stafford, VA; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Grace Boelkins, of Morrison, IL, Darlene (Robert) Wiebenga, of Albany, IL, and Margaret Mohnihna, of Boston, MA; and 4 brothers, Willard Van Zuiden, of Albany, IL, Harvey (Arlene) Van Zuiden, of Morrison, IL, Howard (Jan) Van Zuiden, of Fulton, IL, and Ronald (Linda) Van Zuiden, of Albany, IL.

He is preceded in death by his parents; 1 son, Michael Van Zuiden; 1 great granddaughter, Andrea Good; 1 sister, Genevieve Juist; and 3 brothers, Gerald, Maynard and Jay Van

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 3 - 5:00 P.M., at the Fulton Presbyterian Church, Fulton, IL. Funeral Services will be Monday, April 10, 2017, at 11:00 A.M., at the church, with Pastor Catherine Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery, Fulton, IL. A memorial to the Fulton Presbyterian church has been established.

To leave an online condolence visit mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.
Published on April 7, 2017
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