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Johannes Marinus Veldhuis


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Johannes Marinus Veldhuis Obituary
Johannes Marinus Veldhuis, 92

Funeral Services for Johannes Marinus Veldhuis will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Mountain Home Baptist Church, with Reverend Bill Hughes officiating.

Johannes Marinus Veldhuis, of Sorrento, Florida, formerly of Mountain Home, Arkansas, entered into the glorious presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on May 27, 2014. He was 92, a man of rare faith, trusting absolutely in the finished work of Jesus Christ for all sin, for all time.

He was born December 10, 1921 in Almelo, Netherlands, to Jan and Marie Veldhuis, the youngest of four siblings. He served in the Dutch Military in World War II, both in the Dutch Army and Navy on the Pacific front where he experienced God's calling to missions work.

He was a missionary in Dutch New Guinea and served as the area's first field director for the Unevangelized Fields Mission, now known as The Evangelical Alliance Mission for nearly 20 years.

He immigrated to the United States with his wife, Eleanor and his 10 children in 1964, where he built Florida Cactus, Inc. in Apopka, Florida, before his retirement in 1977.

After retirement, Johannes spent his years memorizing scripture, ministering to the sick, preaching in local churches, leading Sunday School Classes, and traveling to see his many friends and family.

He is survived by his nine children: Dr. Suzanna L. Veldhuis Kuipers (Dr. Bernard Kuipers) of Rochester, MN; Dr. Johannes D. Veldhuis (Marcia) of Rochester, MN; Judith V. Lovestrand (Gordon) of Apopka, FL; Michael J. Veldhuis (Dawn) of Yuma, AZ; J. Stephen Veldhuis (Colleen) of Tullahoma, TN; E. Ruth Wilson (Alan) of Douglasville, GA; Rebekah E. Grimwood (David) of Mountain Home, AR; Paula P. Veldhuis (Dan) of Sorrento, FL; and Stephanie Novakovic (Mio) of Sorrento, FL, one sister, Martha Veldhuis of Hamilton, Ontario, 36 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Braithwaite Harding, formerly of Ontario, Canada, the mother of his 10 children; daughter, Joanna Marie Karpiak of Miami, Florida; two brothers and his second wife, Lucille, of Zellwood, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to further missions through his missionary son and grandchildren.



Ester Brennan

C/O New life Community Church

8310 Forest City Rd

Orlando, FL 32810



Amanda Grimwood

C/O Missionary Aviation Training Academy

P.O. Box 3655

Arlington, WA 98223



Michael Veldhuis

17840 South Ave. 4E

Yuma, AZ 85365



Burial will be in Kirby's Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

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Published in Baxter Bulletin from June 3 to June 5, 2014
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