Frank W. "Bud" Van Kerckhove

May 12, 2019
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Memorial Services: 10:30 AM, Saturday May 18, 2019 at Trinity American Lutheran Church, 605 West 4th Street, Waterloo, IA 50701


4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home with a 7:00 p.m. Masonic Service


Private family burial: Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo
Military honors will be conducted.


To the family     


Frank William “Bud” Van Kerckhove, 97, of Waterloo, died Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Lakeview Landing of Friendship Village.

He was born July 15, 1921 in Chicago, IL, son of Frank A. and Frieda E. Schmidt Van Kerckhove. Bud married Betty L. Raisch in 1948; she died in 1984. He then married Betty M. (Jensen) Runyan in 1985; she died in 2016. He graduated from Waterloo West High School 1939 and served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater.

Bud owned and operated Display Sign Service until 1972, then sold to Blackhawk Broadcasting Company.

He was a member of Trinity American Lutheran Church, past member of Martin Lodge #624 A.F. & A.M. and current member of Waterloo Lodge #105 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, Waterloo High Twelve Club #46, Waterloo Elks Lodge #290 B.P.O. and the Waterloo American Legion Post #138. He went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2014 and developed the Friendship Village Veterans Memorial.

Bud is survived by his son, Bruce (Cheryl) Van Kerckhove of Cedar Rapids; two daughters, Becky (Jim) McCarter of Columbia‚ MO and Barbara (Dean Teeter) Earles of Urbandale; two step daughters, Carol Wisniewski of Manassas, VA and Suzanne (Michael) Luers of Loudon, TN; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wives.

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  1. Gayle Raisch-Ramsey | May 18, 2019
    No matter their age it is always painful to lose yourdad. My heart and prayers go out to Bruce, Becky and Barbara. May all the wonderful memories of your dad, always keep you warm. I remember Uncle Bud and Aunt Betty Lou, and all you kids! Bless your hearts. Rest in Peace Uncle Bud.
  2. Marty Dorfman | May 15, 2019
    So sorry to read about your loss
  3. Bill & Mary (Luers) Friederichs | May 14, 2019
    Our prayers and sympathy go out Bud’s family.  We enjoyed knowing Bud and exchanging Christmas cards for many years.  He will be missed...a good guy!  Bill and Mary (Luers) Friederichs

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