Wim VanHemert |
June 2, 1932 — Jan. 4, 2017
Wim VanHemert (The Flying Dutchman no Wings), 84 of Renton, Wash., went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Valley Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by three grandchildren and his six siblings.
Wim is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Margaret Ann (Peggy) Davies. They were married in Wales on November 30, 1974, at Jerusalem Presbyterian Church. Wim is also survived by his seven children, Helena (Jerry), Peter, Martin (Marie), Andy (Kimberly, Kevin (Beth), Scott and Eric (Michelle); 11 grandchildren, Deana, Kara (Dustin), Stephanie (Isaac), Logan, Quentin, Hailee, Purity, Zachery (Kiersten), Elyjah, Tylor, Peter, Aaron, Rebecca, Emily and Cora; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends around the world, many whom reside in the Netherlands. Though his family is numerous, all were equally loved by Grandpa Wim.
Wim was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on June 2, 1932. He served in the Royal Dutch Navy for several years. He was a Holocaust survivor and immigrated to America in 1959 and resided in Milwaukee, where he met and married Peggy. They resided in Wales until 2007 when they moved to Renton, Wash.
He was a master bricklayer, building homes, companies and majestic fireplaces throughout Wisconsin. He went on many missions for MAPS, building churches and schools in Jamaica and South America. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, loved to build and repair clocks and watches, play billiards and tell stories. All children and animals gravitated toward him.
A celebration of life was held at the clubhouse of Wonderland Estates Senior Citizen Park, 14645 Maple Valley Highway, Renton, WA 98058, on Saturday, January 14, at 4:00 P.M. with a potluck afterward.
Condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Peggy VanHemert, 15288 Maple Drive, Renton, WA 98058.