Born September 9, 1897, in Gosper County, NE
Died April 27, 1988
Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
For a history of Judge Van Pelt's early years, and his work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney assisting in the investigation and prosecution of the biggest bank robbery in history, see "The Great Heist" by Jeff McArthur (2013), page 53 et seq.