Gene Joseph “Pete” Van Waus, age 80, formerly of Victor, died Monday, April 22, 2013 at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn. Private family services will be held. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements. Memorials and condolences may be directed to Russell Van Waus, Box 502, Victor, Iowa 52347.
Gene is survived by his step-daughter, Deb York; his nephews, Bill VanWaus, Dave VanWaus, Russell VanWaus and Daniel VanWaus, and a niece, Joan VanWaus Robinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Charles VanWaus and a nephew, Thomas.
Gene Joseph Van Waus was born September 20, 1932 in Victor, Iowa, the son of Arnold and Lylia Mitchell VanWaus. He graduated from St. John’s Catholic High School in Victor and served in the U.S. Army for 2 years, stationed in Germany and Belgium during the Korean War. Gene farmed and also worked for Krauss Furniture in Amana. Gene married Ruth Slaymaker in 1963 in Ladora. He was a member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Victor. Besides farming, Gene enjoyed gardening and woodworking.