Robert Leo "Skip" Van Valkenburg, 80 of Rock Springs,Wyoming passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 athis daughter’s home surrounded by his loved ones. Alifelong resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Mr. VanValkenburg passed away following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming onAugust 19, 1933, the son of the late Galen Van
Valkenburg and Florence Reese Van Valkenburg.
Mr.Van Valkenburg graduated high school in Rock Springs,Wyoming.
He married the love of his life, Enid Joan Simkin in Rock Springs, Wyoming on August 4, 1956. She preceded him in death in Rock Springs, Wyoming on February 13, 2004.
Mr. Van Valkenburg served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict with an honorable discharge after four years of service.His rank was DC3 on Battleship USS Algol (AKA-54) and he earned National Defense, Good Conduct Medal (1st Award).
He worked as an engineer surveyor for the Wyoming Highway Department for forty years
until his retirement in 1992.
Mr. Van Valkenburg loved spending time with his family,
especially his 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He enjoyed strawberry cake, tying flies, making fishing poles, reloading ammunition, hunting, camping, fishing, hunting for arrowheads and playing cribbage. He was known for tinkering with anything that could be tinkered with and
his uncanny ability to fix anything. He was a mastermind in the various known and unknown possible uses for electrical tape. He was also the selfappointed Mayor of Boulder Lake.
Survivors include one son, Robert W. “Bob” Van Valkenburg of Rock Springs, Wyoming; one daughter, Bernie Keslar and husband Matt of Rock Springs, Wyoming; one brother, Howie “Bestest Brother” VanValkenburg of Rock Springs, Wyoming; two sisters, Mary Koritnik of
Cheyenne, Wyoming and Jane Ann Van Valkenburg of Lander, Wyoming; four grandchildren, Kyle Van Valkenburg and wife Toni of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Kasey Keslar and wife Kim of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Kendra Scott and husband Raymond of Rock Springs, Wyoming and Abriel VanValkenburg of Rock Springs, Wyoming; six great-grandchildren, Tristan
Van Valkenburg, Kaden Van Valkenburg, Kyler Van Valkenburg, Kenidee Scott, Kolbee Scott and Karley Keslar, best friend, Bob “Tatty” Tatman of Rock Springs, Wyoming and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Enid Van Valkenburg offorty-seven and a half years, one sister, two brothers and special sister-inlawJean Van Valkenburg.
The family of Robert Leo “Skip” Van Valkenburg respectfully request that donations in his memory be made to Hospice of Sweetwater County, 809 Thompson, Suite D, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901 or the Sweetwater County Dialysis Department C/O Memorial Hospital of
Sweetwater County, P.O. Box 1359, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82902
Memorial Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., March 15, 2014 at the First Congregational Church, 1275 Adams Street, Rock Springs, Wyoming. Howie Van Valkenburg and Pastor Kay Grice will conduct the services. Military graveside and inurnment will be at the Rock
Springs Municipal Cemetery in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Friends may call
at the church one hour prior to services.
Honorary Pallbearers: Kyle Van Valkenburg, Kasey Keslar, HowieVan Valkenburg, Bob “Tatty” Tatman, Raymond Scott, Matt Keslar, Rick Roccabruna, Tristan Van Valkenburg, Kaden Van Valkenburg and Kyler Van Valkenburg.
Condolences may be left at www.vasefuneralhomes.com