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Reuben Van Luik

April 14, 1931 — February 28, 2022

Starbuck, Minnesota

Funeral services for Reuben Van Luik will be held on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck.   Reverend Paul Johnson will be officiating.  A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 3, from 5-7:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service and Order of Eastern Star Service beginning at 7:00 p.m at the Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck and for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.  Burial will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Starbuck.

Reuben Abel Van Luik was born on April 14, 1931, to Leendert “Leonard” and Olive (Kobbervig) Van Luik on his family’s farm in rural Starbuck, Minnesota. While growing up he attended both country school #53 and Starbuck High School, where he would graduate from.

After completing his schooling, Reuben held many jobs. Some of these jobs included owning and operating his dairy farm, being a seed salesman for Dekalb, and selling both motorcycles and snowmobiles. However, his true love was farming.

On November 10, 1956, Reuben married Bettyann Schwendemann at her family home in Rolling Forks Township. Together the two would raise two sons, enjoy square dancing, attend countless activities and sporting events for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, travel all over the world, and eventually become snowbirds, spending winters in Texas for over 35 years.

During his retirement, Reuben was also heavily involved in the community. He participated in many organizations including Heartland Polka Club, Immanuel Lutheran Church board of elders, Pioneer Power Club, Putt and Purr Tractor Club, Valley Lodge Masons, Minnewaska Eastern Stars, Glenwood Shriners Club, and Zuhrah Shriners Club. He also served as treasurer for Walden Township for 21 years.

When Reuben wasn’t busy attending meetings for the many organizations he was involved in, traveling, or birdwatching, he could be found participating in anything involving farming. He enjoyed everything from talking about farming over a cup of coffee to restoring antique tractors. His love of tractors would eventually take him all over the state, nation, and even the world to attend and assist with tractor plowing events.

While Reuben lived a very full life, his most cherished moments are the ones he got to spend with his family.

Reuben passed away on February 28, 2022, at Glacial Ridge Health Services in Glenwood, Minnesota. He was 90 years old.

Reuben is survived by his wife Betty Van Luik of Starbuck, MN; sons: Stephen (Cindy) Van Luik, Kurt (Charlene) Van Luik; grandchildren; Joshua (Dawn) Van Luik, Derek (Brittney) Van Luik, Lisa (Matthew) Wourms; great-grandchildren: Tyler Van Luik, Ryan Van Luik, Mya Van Luik, London Van Luik, Savannah Van Luik, Nevada Van Luik, Aspen Sky Van Luik, Shelby Lou Wourms, Owen Ross Wourms; one sister: DeLoris Hagen; along with many beloved nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Audrey Wold, Gladys West, Nellie Engebretson; brother: Arie Van Luik; brothers-in-law: Walter Wold, Oliver Engebretson, Darald Boettcher, Norman Hagen, Gerald West.

Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck is in care of arrangements for Reuben.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, March 3, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Friday, March 4, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Immanuel Lutheran Church

34241 Co Rd 18, Starbuck, MN 56381

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