Albert Van Veldhuizen went to join his son, A.J., in heaven on August 7, 2016. Al was eighty-seven years old, the last surviving brother of seven brothers, and is survived by his wife, Marie, who is one of seven sisters. Al and Marie were married for sixty-four wonderful years full of light and love. Al is also survived by three daughters, June, Lynn and Kathi, and five grandchildren, Carly, Ellie, Aubrie, Rachel and Corbin.
Albert was born on February 26, 1929 in Artesia, California. Al grew up on a dairy farm and the work ethic instilled in him on the farm along with his love for the outdoors remained with him throughout his life. Al was very proud of his one hundred percent Dutch heritage, which he also shared in common with Marie. Albert’s true passions were God, family and work, in that order. Throughout his life Al was actively involved as a member and served in Protestant churches in various communities.
After graduating from high school in Ripon, California in 1946, Al studied finance and banking. Albert’s studies were put on hold while Albert served in the Army, including during the Korean conflict. Al then went on to have a long and distinguished career as a banker during which he started several community banks that have grown to be substantial institutions in various locales throughout California. Al also had a passion for golf and was the founding President of the Spring Creek Golf and Country Club in Ripon, California which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. While Albert’s family is sad that he has left us, Albert had a long, full and productive life. Albert can now work the farm again with his six brothers and son, A.J.
A graveside service will be held at Ripon Cemetery, 9a.m. on Saturday, August 13th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ripon Bethany Home. Al wishes that everyone will enjoy each breath they take and find calmness and love in those that are close to them. For condolences to the family, please visit his online guestbook at www.deeganfuneralchapels.com
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, August 11, 2016