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Alan Van Kley

Alan Van Kley

Alan Van Kley, age 77 of Spearfish, died Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center in Sturgis.

Graveside services will be held 1:30pm Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.  There will be no visitation.  Military Honors will be provided by the Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard.  Arrangements are with Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.   Friends may leave written condolences online at: www.LeveringtonFH.com

Alan Kent Van Kley was born August 16, 1946 in Pasadena, California.  At an early age he moved with his family to Pender, Nebraska where he grew up and attended school.  He graduated from high school in 1964, and earned his Business Administration degree from Wayne State University at Wayne, Nebraska.  During the Vietnam War, Alan served in the U.S. Army from May of 1968 until November of 1969.  He was united in marriage to Debbie McClure on December 21, 1969 at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche.  To this union was born two daughters: Jade in 1971 and Teri in 1975.  Following their marriage, Alan finished up his college and then began working as a News Reporter for Market News.  This took him to Des Moines Iowa, Kansas City, and Los Angeles.  In 1984 the family moved to Belle Fourche, at the McClure family ranch, where Alan learned to be a four wheeler cowboy.  In 2006, Alan and Debbie retired to Spearfish, where they have lived since.

Alan enjoyed golf, and he was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  He was blessed with 54 years of marriage, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Alan is survived by his wife, Debbie of Spearfish; daughters, Jade (William) Linseman of Rapid City, Teri Van Kley of Spearfish; 2 grandsons, Alexander and Jacob; step-granddaughter, Jennifer; 4 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and very close friends, Merlin Porterfield, Don McCrabb, and the Feddersen family .  He was preceded in death by his parents, Arie and Verna Van Kley.

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