|Birth: ||Dec. 4, 1902|
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 1982|
He was born in 1902 as Remmeren de Jong in the village of Blija in the northern part of the Dutch northern province Friesland, son of carpenter Remmeren de Jong (1876 Wierum, Westdongeradeel, Friesland - 1967 Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Jantje de Jong (1876 Wierum - 1953 Grand Rapids, MI). The family moved before 1906 from Blija to the more northeast located seadyke village Wierum.
Remmeren had three brothers: David [Cornel] (1901 Blija, Friesland - 1967 Providence, Rhode Island), Meindert (1906 Wierum - 1991 Allegan, Michigan) and Cornelis David "Neil"(1911 Wierum - 2008 Ada, Kent County, Michigan).
The Christian Reformed family De Jong emigrated on 16 May 1914 from Wierum, Friesland, Netherlands to Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, United States. They arrived on 2 June 1914 on the SS Nieuw Amsterdam at the port of New York, Ellis Island.
In Grand Rapids they lived successively in four houses in the vicinity of Wealthy Street and Diamond Avenue. The De Jongs joined the nearby Dennis Avenue Christian Reformed Church. The four boys Americanized quickly, but initially endured hazing as newly-arrived immigrants.
In 1920 Remnen (17 y), his father Remnen Deyoung (43), his mother Jantje (43), his brothers David (18), Meindert (13) and Corniel (9) lived in Ward 2 of Grand Rapids, Kent County, in the western part of Michigan.
Remmeren De Jong married to Louise Freiberg, born on 18 June 1906 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, daughter of August Wilhelm Freiberg (1881 - 1945) and Minnie Hammer (1890 - 1954). Her father was born in Big Rapids, Michigan, her mother in Germany.
Raymond De Jong died in October 1982 in Grandville, Kent County, Michigan, at the age of 79 years. His widow Louise died on 2 March 1991 in Grandville too.
Remmeren De Jong (1876 - 1967)
Jantje de Jong De Jong (1876 - 1953)
David Cornel De Jong (1901 - 1967)*
Remmeren De Jong (1902 - 1982)
Meindert De Jong (1906 - 1991)*
Kornelis David De Jong (1911 - 2008)*
Created by: Peter Hakze
Record added: Dec 22, 2013
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