Valerie C. VanLoenen, 55 of Russell, Kansas, died on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at her daughter Rachael's home in LaCrosse, Kansas.
Valerie was born on March 21, 1961, in Grants, New Mexico, the daughter of Lyle and Opal (Anthony) Casper. Later the family moved to Russell, Kansas, where Valerie spent most of her childhood and attended Russell schools. She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Bryan VanLoenen on May 08, 1982 at the Methodist Church in Bogue, Kansas. From this union Valerie and Bryan were blessed with 2 children Jonathan and Rachael. She worked as a certified nurse's assistant for over 20 years in Hill City and Russell. She enjoyed attending the Methodist Church. She also enjoyed taking care of people and helping them during their time of need. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her 3 granddaughters.
Surviving family include her father Lyle L. Casper of Russell; ex-husband Bryan VanLoenen of Bogue, Kansas; son Jonathan VanLoenen and daughter Rachael Burnah and husband Josh all of La Crosse, Kansas ; sister Deborah Clark and husband Gary of Russell; brothers Jackie L. Casper of Gorham, Kansas, Gary W. Casper and wife Bernice of Murray, Kentucky, Joel R. Casper and wife Michelle, Dale A. Casper and wife Jayne and David B. Casper all of Russell; granddaughters Adrianna, Brianna and Giavanna.
She was preceded in death by her mother Opal Casper and brother Lyle O. "Scooter" Casper.
A celebration of Valerie's life will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, June 03, 2016, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, June 02, 2016, at the mortuary with family present to greet guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Thursday evening. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.