de Jong, Donald
Donald (Doede) de Jong passed from this earth to his home in Glory on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Leesburg, Florida, with Gertrude, his wife of 60 years, daughter Alice and son Perry at his bedside.
Donald was born in Sneek, the Netherlands on June 11, 1933 to the late Pieter and Gatske de Jong. That's where as 10 year olds, he and Gertrude fell in love. In 1952 when Gertrude went back for a visit, their love was rekindled and they were married on August 27, 1953. Before joining his wife in the U.S. he needed to complete his military obligations in the Netherlands. Shortly after arriving in the United States he was drafted into the United States Army and served his new country with pride and devotion.
Through the witness of his new brother-in-law, he came to know Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He loved singing all the hymns and was blessed with a great gift of music, playing all his favorite songs from memory. His children would join him on the organ bench and sing along with him. He was so proud of his children who followed him in his love of music.
He is survived by his wife, Gertrude (Koerten) de Jong, daughter Alice (Don) Dickson, son Perry (Stephanie) de Jong, and the grandchildren he adored, Nicholas, Christian, Benjamin and Olivia de Jong. He is also survived by his sister Adrie (Jan) Vanderwerf, Mosinee, Wisconsin, brother Eelke (Riemie) de Jong of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, and Siery (Nolle deceased) Eekhof of Sneek, the Netherlands.
He retired, after 30 years, from the former J.I. Case Company (Drott Mfg.) in Schofield, Wisconsin. After his retirement, Donald and his loving wife Gertrude, became snowbirds and spent their winter months in Leesburg, Florida.
Funeral Services were held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10 AM at Lake Square Presbyterian Church with Rev. Steve Hulsey officiating. Burial with Military Honors followed at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL with Rev. Bill Birdsall officiating.
Online condolences may be left at www.beyersfuneralhome.com Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, 2013