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Jan Robert "Bob" van Overbeek(1935 - 2013)

Jan Robert "Bob" van Overbeek
3/22/1935 - 1/11/2013
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Jan Robert "Bob" van Overbeek, 77, passed away Friday, the 11th of January, 2013. He passed peacefully of cardiac arrest. He was born March 22, 1935 in Pasadena, California, to the late Matilda Vanaarem van Overbeek and Johannes van Overbeek.
Bob is survived by his wife, Elaine van Overbeek, his son, Mark J. van Overbeek and wife Nancy, his daughter, Jan van Overbeek Shakespeare and husband Cary, and his three grandsons, Lance Robert Shakespeare, Johannes Robert "Bob" van Overbeek, and Carter Scott Shakespeare; his sister, Barbara van Overbeek, brother Tom van Overbeek, sister Marina Simpson van Overbeek, and brothers, Fred and Will van Overbeek.
Bob was a proud father and loving, devoted grandfather. He gave back generously to his community and never met a stranger.
Services will be held at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel, 419 Scenic Drive, Modesto, with visitation Friday, January 18, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m., and memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Bob earned his Bachelor's degree from Cal Poly Pomona and his Master's degree from USC. He ran Central Ready Mix and 7-11 Materials in Stanislaus County until 1989.
1990 marked the true beginning of the Golden Age of Bob's life as he fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening Bob's Carwash and Detail in Roseville. He received many awards as a by-product of his relentless pursuit of the perfect carwash experience and his head first involvement in community service. Bob was one of the rare Chevron Gold Level Award recipients in Northern California. He earned this award two times. He was a longtime Rotarian awarded a Distinguished Service Award, and numerous other awards, including The Quiet Rotarian award. He was also awarded the Rotary District Governor's Citation on more than one occasion and had many years of perfect attendance. He won the Community Service Award from the Roseville Chamber of Commerce. Bob was an active member of the Roseville Crime Stoppers and won their President's Award for Outstanding Service To The Crime Stoppers Organization.
1990 also marked the beginning of a sequence of events that were the only thing that surpassed his passion for cleaning cars. The event was the birth of his first grandson, Lance. Grandsons Bob and Carter were born in 1992 and 1993. There was never a grandfather who was more proud of his grandsons than Bob was of those three boys.
Bob served his country as a Private First Classman, and was an MP in the Korean War.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to the Rotary Club of Roseville Miles of Smiles project at PO Box 57, Roseville, California, 95678, or a charity of your choice.

Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 18, 2013
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