Vandeline “Van” Stockert, 93, Steele, ND passed away April 4, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. CST, Tuesday, April 9th at St. Francis deSales Church in Steele. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. CST in Mandan at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday, April 8th, also at St. Frances deSales Church in Steele, with an evening prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m. CST.
Van was born August 22, 1925 in Slope County. His parents were Raphael and Eleanora (Frank) Stockert. He was raised on a farm and attended country school. In 1946 he got drafted in the army and served a year and a half overseas in Saipan and Guam. When he returned home from the army, he farmed with his dad.
Van married Rose Binstock on October 3, 1949 and they had four children: Darrell, Maynard, Janel and Kenneth. They farmed in Slope County for a few years and in 1954 they bought a farm north of Steele.
Van was always interested in working with lumber. In 1968 he began building homes in the Steele area, and after that he started building cabinets. After his retirement, he started wood carving. Van sold the farm and moved into Steele in 1974. Rose passed away in 2010. A few years later, he sold their house and moved to an apartment, then later moved to Golden Manor Basic Care Facility.
Van was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle. He loved to visit and enjoyed hearing stories of his great-grandchildren’s little shenanigans. He was a member of St. Frances deSales Church, Knights of Columbus, the Napoleon Legion, and Flickertail Woodcarvers Club.
Van is survived by his children, Darrell (Sandy) Stockert, Dickinson, ND; Maynard (Sheri) Stockert, Alva, OK; Janel (Randy) Brousseau, Steele, ND; Ken (Yvonne) Stockert, Dickinson, ND; eleven grandchildren, Chris (Tim) Holm, Cheryl (Jeff) Hayes, Marty (Kristy) Stockert, Michelle (Jason) Schmidt, Corey (Kassi) Stockert, Chad (Erin) Brousseau, Michael (Lacy) Brousseau, Vicky (Joshua) Enger, Nathan (Rachel) Stockert, Haley (Austin) Krank, step-grandson, Tyler (Amy) Melton; twenty-four great-grandchildren with another one expected in September; brothers Henry (Leona) and Robert (Josie), sister Agnes (Fred) Reichert, and brother-in-law Lawrence Urlacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rose, grandsons Joshua and Brian, infant brother Roger, and sisters Clem Urlacher and Maggie Langer.
We wish to extend a sincere thank-you to the staff at Golden Manor for the loving care they provided Dad.