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Galen John Veen

February 16, 1949 ~ December 9, 2017 (age 68)

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December 12, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
O'Leary Celebration of Life Center ~ Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

Celebration of Life
December 13, 2017

1:30 PM
Norwalk United Methodist Church
1801 Sunset Drive
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

Visitation for Galen John Veen, age 68, of Cumming, will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 12th at O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk.  A Celebration of Life Service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 13th at the Norwalk United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow services. 

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Galen's Life Story

Galen John, the son of John and Rena Bosman Veen, was born February 16, 1949, on the family farm east of Sheldon, Iowa.  He attended country school through the 2nd grade and graduated from Sheldon High School with the Class of 1967.  In school, he played the trombone in the band, ran cross country on the track team, played baseball and was active in church activities.  After graduating he attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated from the College of Automation in Des Moines. 

Galen married his high school sweetheart, Elvira “Elkie” Koerselman on June 6, 1970.  They were blessed with two children, Misty Dawn and Cory John.

Galen commuted to Sheldon where he helped his father farm.  He was employed as a computer operator at Hawkeye Security Insurance in Des Moines.  Most of his working career was as a real estate agent, eventually owning part of Darwin Smith Realty in Norwalk.

Galen will be remembered for his genuine easy going, loving personality.  His greatest joy in life was his wife, children, grandchildren, relatives and friends that the Lord blessed him with.  He also enjoyed spending time at his lake home on Diamondhead Lake near Dexter.

Galen went to meet his heavenly father, after battling cancer, on Saturday morning, December 9, 2017 at his home near Cumming.  He lived 68 years, 9 months, and 23 days.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Elkie on July 27, 2017; parents and a brother, Delmar Veen.

Those left to cherish Galen’s memory are his children, Misty (Frank) Reznik and Cory (Tiffani) Veen all of Cumming; five grandchildren, Hannah, Halie, and Noah Reznik and Ella and Leah Veen; a sister, Dee (Gene) Eilers and their children, Tana (Darryl) Harlan and Kyle (Staci) Eilers; a sister-in-law, Edie (Mike) Finck and their children, Kristle and Ethan Finck; and a host of family and friends.


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