Marion Van Veldhuizen, 82, entered into rest on May 21, 2016 in Sonora. He was born on October 3,1933 to his late parents, John and Alice Van Veldhuizen. He is preceded in death by his son, Durwin Van Veldhuizen, and his great-granddaughter, Lillian Jessee. He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Joan Van Veldhuizen; his children Darlene Jessee (husband Dane) and Don Van Veldhuizen (wife Belinda); his grandchildren Chad Van Veldhuizen (wife Sansanee), Lillian Van Veldhuizen, Jennifer Jessee, Kelly Jessee, Jonathon Jessee (wife Rosalynn), Andrew Jessee (wife Bridget), Brandon Van Veldhuizen (wife Lindsey), Candice Van Veldhuizen; his great-grandchildren Coral, Caleb, Ashton, Kelsey, Shae, Annabella, Alexander, and his brother Albert Van Veldhuizen (wife Marie).
In 1962 Marion started Van’s Cabinet Shop in Ripon. In the early 1970’s, he moved his shop and family to Sonora, and operated there until he retired in 1982. Upon retiring, he started working full time, to his joy, of restoring antique cars and touring with the Horseless Carriage Club of America, of which he was a lifetime member. The whole family enjoyed many outings touring with the antique cars from 1968 through 1990. His 1910 Stevens Duryea won 1st place in 1987 at the worldwide show, The Concourse D Elegance, at Pebble Beach. It was during this time when he also started restoring antique mechanical musical instruments. Many organs took years to restore to original working condition. One of the largest is a dance organ that is more than 18’ high and 26’ wide. This one took 5 years to restore to its original beautiful working condition. He so enjoyed playing the instruments for groups, family and friends. He was a man of many talents and interests of whom no one can replace.
Marion will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and dear friend. He will be sorely missed.
Deegan Ripon Memorial Chapel is honored to be serving the Van Veldhuizen family. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 10 a.m at Deegan Ripon Memorial Chapel, 111 South Palm Avenue in Ripon; burial at Ripon Cemetery, 320 North Stockton Avenue in Ripon and followed by a gathering at Calvary Reformed Church on Second Street in Ripon. For condolences to the family, please visit his online guestbook at www.deeganfuneralchapels.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:
Worldteam.org. for Jennifer Jessee’s church planting and medical mission in Cameroon. or
newsongnica.org/clean-water/Water project for Don’s love of pure water in Nicaragua.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, May 25, 2016