Jake Weststeyn passed away peacefully on May 15, 2020, surrounded by his family at his home at the age of 90. Jake was born on November 17, 1929 in Abbenes, Netherlands to Eimbertus and Josina Weststeyn. Jake has been a resident of Ripon since 1960.
Jake attended Calvary Reformed Church in Ripon for many years where he served as a Deacon and an Elder. He served on the board of the Gospel Center Rescue Mission in Stockton and volunteered at the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility as a mentor to young prisoners as well as to troubled neighborhood kids looking for guidance. Jake was a farmer throughout his life and regularly wore his wooden shoes while maintaining the farm. He loved his orchard and his family with his entire heart. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren. Jake was the strongest, toughest, yet most gentle, humble man and will be remembered for his big hugs and warm smile.
Jake leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Betsy Weststeyn, his children, Lisa Van Wyk (Douglas), Mary Louise Vander Meulen (John), Cornel Weststeyn and Marcia Bomgaars, in addition to his grandchildren, Jonathan Van Wyk, Rachel Horan (Travis), Erika Acheampong (Philip), Jacob Vander Meulen, Deana Vander Meulen, Jared Bomgaars (Brittany) and Molly Bomgaars, along with 8 great grandchildren and one on the way. Jake also leaves behind his sister, Margaret Eastburg who resides in Ripon. Jake is preceded in death by 11 siblings.
Deegan Ripon Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the Weststeyn family. Services for Jake will be private due to restrictions from COVID-19. He will be laid to rest at Ripon Cemetery. Donations may be made in Jake’s memory to Calvary Reformed Church or Gospel Center Rescue Mission.
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