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Willem Van Klaveren

August 10, 1932 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old


Willem van Klaveren went to his eternal home on February 3, 2024, surrounded by family at the age of 91 after an18-year battle with cancer. Willem was born, the third of six children, to Cornelis and Gerritje van Klaveren, on August 10, 1932, in the Netherlands. He worked in his family’s nursery business. This would become his lifelong occupation, which he enjoyed immensely. Willem married Elisabeth Verheul in 1958. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in December 2023. They were blessed with three daughters. In 1977, they moved to California and settled in Ripon. It was there where he founded Bill’s Azalea Nursery. Willem and Elisabeth enjoyed traveling back to Holland to visit friends and family. They also enjoyed many trips across the states in their fifth wheel.

Willem is survived by his wife, Elisabeth and three children, Antine (Larry) De Jong of Ripon, California, Lian (Walt) den Dulk, of Loudon, Tennessee, and Ellen (Andrew) Mantey of West Chester, Ohio. Willem leaves behind 9 grandchildren, Andrea (Ryan) Clark, Matthew (Kelly) De Jong, Brianna De Jong, Ryan den Dulk, Stacy (Evan) Crook, Katie (Adam) McKay, Joseph (Kathryn) Mantey, David (Lauren) Mantey and Katelyn Mantey and13 great-grandchildren.

Willem is survived by two sisters: Suze de Vogel of the Netherlands and Siena Ravensberg of Ireland. He was preceded in death by brothers, Abraham van Klaveren, Henry van Klaveren, and Kees van Klaveren.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 11am at First Christian Reformed Church in Ripon.

Remembrances can be made to: Ethiopia Kids Table

In care of: First Church 305 Boesch Dr. Ripon, CA 95366


Memorial service
February 12, 2024

11:00 AM
First Christian Reformed Church
305 Boesch Dr
Ripon, CA 95366


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