Larry (Lawrence Dale)
Van Cleef passed away Saturday November 26th of natural causes.
He was born April
29th, 1939 to JD and Blanche Van Cleef in Burns Oregon. Larry had an older
brother, Ron. The two of them competed in everything they could, including
things like hiking 29 miles from Warm Lake to Highway 55. Legend has it that
the culmination of one competition had Larry sticking a fork into Ron's leg,
then having to escape the basement bedroom window, as Ron was tearing the door
off the hinges to get back at him.
Larry was an Eagle
Scout and an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing and camping as often as he
He graduated from
Nampa High School in 1957, and married his lifelong love, Janet Kay Kling
on July 4th of that year. They had 4 children: Vicki Cai, Richard
Dale, DeEdra Sue, and Jana Lynn.
He was also a devoted
Christian and spent many years in ministry as a care pastor, mentoring young
men in and out of church, involved in Kairos Prison Ministry, going on
missions, building houses in Mexico for the disadvantaged and teaching at
Pastor's conferences in Russia.
He was preceded in
death by his parents, his brother Ron, and his oldest daughter Vicki (Baca).
He is survived by his
wife Janet Van Cleef, Richard and Josefina Van Cleef, DeEdra and Randall Price,
Jana and Robert Truelsen, 10 grandchildren, and 18 Great grandchildren.
A memorial service
will be Saturday, December 3rd at Meridian Friends church at 2:00
pm. The address is 1021 W. Pine, Meridian, ID. A meal will be provided after
In lieu of flowers
the family has requested that donations be made in his name to: