June 1, 1927 ~ November 1, 2013
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
2 Tim 4:7,8
Derk passed away peacefully, November 1, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife Corrie; sons Ralph and Fred (Adele) and daughter Glenys; grandchildren Brian, Spencer, Jessica, Veronica, Justin and Jennifer. He is also survived by siblings Freeklas, Fre (Wil) and Anne (Martha), and sister Mannie (Bert) and their families.
As a young man Derk served in the Dutch Airforce in Indonesia. In 1949 he became a wireless operator at Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) during which time he and Corrie met. They married in March 1952 and immigrated to Canada that June. After 4 months in Barnwell, Alberta they moved to Lethbridge, where Derk worked at a fruit and vegetable wholesale company. One of Derk’s hobbies was being an amateur radio operator (with the call letters VE7BLD)
After the death of Corrie’s mother in 1956, while still newlyweds, Corrie’s 14-year-old brother Ernie came to live with them for 5 years. In 1957 they moved to Vancouver, where Derk became a grocery store clerk and eventually was promoted to manager. Ralph joined the family in February 1959, and 9 months later another son, Fred, was brought into their lives. Finally 4 years later they adopted Glenys.
Derk was active within his Church fellowship throughout his life, from being the Organist at Vancouver Christian Reformed Church to being a house leader and elder. He was always prepared to provide counsel or just listen to anyone who was in need. Derk and Corrie retired to Vernon in 1994 and became active members of Vernon Christian Fellowship.
In respecting Derk’s wishes, he was cremated with no formal service held. However, a Celebration of his Life will take place at Vernon Christian Fellowship on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. As an expression of sympathy, or in lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Derk to ‘The Najenga Project’ a work in Congo Africa. Cheques can be written to VCF (Vernon Christian Fellowship) 4506 29th St., Vernon, BC V1T 5C1. For more information call VCF’s office at (250) 545-2927.
Dick will be remembered as a kind, loving gentleman with a great sense of humour and as a man who walked steadfast with Christ. He will be greatly missed … until we meet again!