April 30, 1924 – Nov. 1, 2015
The Guest Book is expired.
John van der Have was born and raised in Kapelle, Netherlands. He was the youngest of four children born to Adriaan and Alagonda van der Have-Lucieer.
In 1951 he married Eva Burger surrounded by family, friends and his university rowing team. Shortly after, they moved to Argentina to establish a subsidiary of the family seed business. There they had three daughters, Meta, Kay and Alde.
John accepted an invitation in 1958 to join Northrup King & Co., and moved to the United States. His pride in becoming a US citizen in 1965 remained for his entire life. Working from headquarters in Minneapolis, John became Vice President of International Trade, traveling worldwide during his career in the seed business.
At the age of 55 John retired from Northrup King and he and Eve embarked on a new chapter in their lives: a cattle ranch in Northern California. Throughout his life, John had a passion for sailing and often brought together groups of family and friends for sails through the Great Lakes, the Caribbean and the North Sea.
John and Eve enjoyed their annual trips to Montana to visit their daughters and grandchildren, and frequent trips to Oregon to connect with relatives there. He loved and supported his family in all their endeavors, and his presence is sorely missed.
John died in Petaluma, California, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Piet and Daan. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eve, sister Bertie Dirkzwager-van der Have, and his children, Meta Orvis (Jim), Kay van der Have (Anne) and Alde Feskanin (Rick), grandchildren Megan Orvis-Aguilar (B.J.), Adrian Orvis, and Elizabeth Orvis (Ben), great-granddaughter Cadence Aguilar, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2015