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 Henk Veldhuis

Henk Veldhuis

Birth
Netherlands
Death 14 Mar 2017 (aged 89)
Burial Prior Lake, Scott County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 177500766 · View Source
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Henk Veldhuis, of Prior Lake, MN was 89 years of age when he passed away, with his family at his side. Reuniting in heaven with his parents, Gerard and Mary Veldhuis; and brothers, Antone, Gerard, and Marinus Veldhuis.

Henk was born in the small town of Oldenzaal, Netherlands to Gerard and Johanna Maria (Rosens) Veldhuis. Henk was the third of five sons. During his childhood, Henk endured much hardship—the death of his father when he was 14 and the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. After their father’s death, Henk and his older brothers left school to support the family. Following the war, Henk was selected to be 1 of 20 young men from across Europe selected for an exchange program through Honeywell where he learned the tool and die trade.

Returning to Oldenzaal, Henk realized there was greater opportunities in the United States, than in post war Europe. After obtaining a sponsor for emigration, Henk arrived in MN, with his wife and 6-month-old son, on July 11, 1956. The couple eventually settled in Prior Lake, where they raised their growing family.

While working for Honeywell, Henk attended Hamline University, earning an engineering degree. He worked as a manager with Eaton Corporation for close to 20 years, retiring in 1989. Henk enjoyed pastimes, such as bowling with the Knights of Columbus, playing the harmonica, golfing and tending his orchard of 60 apple trees. Regardless of what Henk was doing, he made it fun with his goofball sense of humor.


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  • Created by: Lynn Elizabeth
  • Added: 18 Mar 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 177500766
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henk Veldhuis (31 Jul 1927–14 Mar 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 177500766, citing Saint Michaels Cemetery, Prior Lake, Scott County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Lynn Elizabeth (contributor 48687893) .