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Eugene Marion Klaaren


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Eugene Marion Klaaren Obituary
Eugene Marion Klaaren died Saturday October 17, 2015 at Holland Hospital in the presence of his family.
Gene leaves his wife and partner of 54 years, Mary Decker Klaaren. He also leaves his children Jonathan Eugene, Kristen Jeanne, and Joshua Friend Klaaren; as well as his sisters, Mary Ann Andersen and Joy Ortiz; and his brother, Keith. Gene was grandfather to Joshua and Kelly's children, Josie and Nadine of Asheville, North Carolina; Kristen and Scott's children, Kai, Micah, and Hannah of Ashland, Virginia; and Jonathan and Pippa's children, Jessica and Rebecca of Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a special uncle to Joy's children Fitemi, Bentasi, Rikki, and Martina Forgwe and also to twelve more nieces and nephews through his and Mary's sisters and their spouses.
Gene was a graduate of Hope College, Emory University, Western Theological Seminary, and Harvard University.
He served as professor of theology and religious studies at Wesleyan University from 1968 to 2006 and was a member of South Congregational Church in Middletown, Connecticut.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 23 at Third Reformed Church, 111 W. 13th St., Holland, where Gene's parents Marion and Cornelia Klaaren were members. www.langelandsterenberg.com
Published in The Holland Sentinel on Oct. 20, 2015
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