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Hendrik (Hank) Rodenburg


02/25/1928 - 12/16/2014 Obituary
Hendrik (Hank) Rodenburg Obituary
Hank was born on February 25, 1928, in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands. He was the fourth of eleven children born to Anthonie Rodenburg and Aartje Paul. The family moved to Pijnacker a few years later. Hank's father was a vegetable grower, and his sons followed in his footsteps. Except, Hank had developed a love of cows, and he wanted to be a dairyman. This wasn't possible in the Netherlands, so he decided to immigrate to the United States. On May 9, 1953, he sailed from Rotterdam on the SS Rijndam. Nine days later he arrived in New York. There he boarded a Greyhound bus and arrived in Bakersfield five days later. He went right to work that afternoon. In 1955, he married Johanna Buys and they were blessed with three children, two sons, Tony and John, and a daughter, Gerrie. In 1956 he started his own dairy. In 1986, he sold his dairy cows and started raising heifers for other dairymen. In 2005, he sold the farm, and they moved just inside the city limits.
In Holland he was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Anton, Jan, Tonny, and Jacob, and one sister, Jannie Sonneveld, brothers-in-law Wim v.d. Voort and Joop Sonneveld, sisters-in-law Co Rodenburg and Jannie Rodenburg, and two nephews Peter Rodenburg and Leo Rodenburg. Surviving him are Siem (Gre) Rodenburg, Kees (Bep) Rodenburg, Wim (Jannie) Rodenburg, Nick Rodenburg and Sina v.d. Voort, sisters-in-law Ien Rodenburg and Truus Rodenburg.
In Bakersfield he was preceded in death by his parents-in-law John and Jennie Buys, brothers-in-law John G. Buys and Billy Buys, and sister in-law Marjorie Buys. Surviving him are his wife Johanna, his children Tony (Oneida) Rodenburg, John (Paula) Rodenburg of Bakersfield, and Gerrie Rodenburg of Indpendence, CA, grandchildren Kei Rodenburg of Grand Forks, ND, Lea Rodenburg and her fiance' Colby Lippincott of Santa Barbara, CA, Joe Rodenburg of Bakersfield, Justin (Esther) Hampton, Aaron Hampton, and Allison Hampton, all of Lone Pine, CA, great granddaughters Dani, Lily and Lorali Hampton of Lone Pine, CA., sister-in-law Pat Buys of Bakersfield, his "adopted" family, Tim and Natasha Hayes and their daughter Madelynn of Bakersfield, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Hillcrest Cemetery on Sunday, December 21, 2014. Services will be Monday, December 22, 2014, at 10:00 am at Grace Reformed Church, 420 Columbus Street, in Bakersfield. Officiating is Rev. Tracy Gruggett. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to . Grave committal service will be at Hillcrest Cemetery following the church service.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014
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