Willem E. Valant – Dyersville

Willem E. Valant, 20, of Dyersville passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9-10 am prior to funeral mass.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Rev. Tyler Raymond will officiate, and Deacon Keith McCarraher will assist.  Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery. Mass will be live streamed at

Willem was born on June 5, 2001, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Patrick Valant and Kathy (Kelchen) Schmidt.  He graduated from Beckman High School with the class of 2020.  He attended Kirkwood Community College and worked in Dyersville.

Willem is survived by his parents, Patrick Valant and Kathy (Dan) Schmidt of Dyersville,

siblings: Frank and Nathaniel Valant, both of Dyersville; grandparents: David and Kay Schmidt of Conrad, and many friends, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents: Francis and Virginia Valant, Ernest and Irma Kelchen and Marianna Kelchen; uncles: Michael Valant, David Rummells, Dean Havel and Rodney Kelchen; an aunt: Lisa Kelchen.

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at  Online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA  52040.

Memorials are preferred to the Beckman Catholic High School Music Department or the Dubuque County Humane Society.


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