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Harry Van Velthoven

October 19, 1932 — September 21, 2022

Harry van Velthoven passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on September 21, 2022, with his two daughters by his side at his daughter Judy’s home in Somerville, TX.  Harry was born on October 19, 1932, in Surabaya, Indonesia. The 6th of 7 children born to Karel van Velthoven and Dolly Abbink.  Harry lost his younger sister and both parents by the age of 10.

Harry van Velthoven lived a very uncommon and adventurous life. From age 10 until 13, Harry and his remaining 5 siblings were forced into a Japanese prison camp in Indonesia. He then lived in an orphanage from age 13 to 17.  At 18, he joined the Royal Dutch Navy as a Seaman 3rd class. He eventually moved up in rank to Seaman 1st class and worked as a Sonar Operator.

He traveled all over the world in the Dutch Navy, and in 1957 landed in Long Beach, CA, where he met Ruby Kissick. They married in February 1958 and moved to Houston, Texas and had 3 children.  While in Houston, Harry worked as a machinist at Cameron Iron Works and then as a lineman at Southwestern Bell /AT&T until his retirement in 1990. In 1977, he and Ruby divorced. He moved out to their ranch in the 1980’s where he was living his dream raising cattle, chickens, guinea fowl and doves.

After several relationships, Harry married Sandy McGriff in 2004. Harry loved to dance! Country-Western, swing, salsa… You name it! If there was music on, Harry was dancin! Harry loved working hard on his ranch, caring for his animals and growing vegetables and fruit trees in his garden. He loved his Dutch heritage, but he was so very proud to be a bonefide American citizen. He was enthusiastically patriotic and loved God and his country. Harry attended St James Catholic Church in Gonzales, TX.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents and his 6 siblings.  He is survived by his wife Sandy of Harwood; son Robert van Velthoven of Katy; daughter Judy Luchak and husband George of Somerville; daughter Edye Bisagno and husband Tim of Franklin, TN; grandchildren: Hannah Floyd (Scott) of Austin; Austin Luchak of San Antonio; River Bisagno of Nashville, TN; Rocco Bisagno of Nashville, TN; Celeste van Velthoven of Katy; and Lindsey van Velthoven of Salt Lake City, UT and many nieces and nephews in the United States, Netherlands, Spain and New Zealand.

Harry will be most remembered for being a self-made, hardworking man, who loved to dance and loved being a cattle rancher. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Goetz Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service beginning at 12:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to;; the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; or the charity of your choice.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39 NIV

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