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1922 - 2017
After a lengthy illness, Hank Rypkema passed away peacefully with family by his side on November 18, 2017. He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 47 years. Son Chris and Suzanne; stepdaughter Doreen Randshuizen and Ferdinand; stepson Larry Willes and Deloris; stepson Jerry Willes and Sharon; stepdaughters Debby Willes and Laurie Willes. fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Hank was predeceased by son Geert Rypkema; daughter Liz Rypkema and daughter-in-law Heather.
Hank was born in Sneek Netherlands in 1922. He grew up in the family blacksmithing and stove making business. Hank attended post- secondary school and graduated in Business Administration.
During WWII, Hank was in the Dutch Underground where he helped downed pilots, hid people from the invaders and was involved in some very dangerous missions where he also met his first wife Corry, and in 1950 immigrated to Canada. They had three children: Geert, Chris and Elizabeth.
Hank started Alaskan Heating and Air- conditioning in 1955, which today carries on with second and third generations as Insight Technologies. Over the decades the company evolved to include firms involved in manufacturing, real estate and development.
Hank met Marg and they married in 1970. In 1980, they retired to Shuswap lake, B.C. where they built a beautiful home and enjoyed their love for gardening. They moved to Kelowna and after 25 years in B.C., eventually came back to Edmonton to be close to family
Hank's easy-going personality made him fun to be with and he and Marg enjoyed socializing both with friends and family.
Hank will be dearly missed by family and their many friends.
We are grateful to Hank's caregivers at Grandview Center in Edmonton. Donations to the Parkinson's Society are welcome.
Services were held privately in Edmonton and a Celebration of his Life will be held in the future.
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Published in Edmonton Journal on Dec. 9, 2017.
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December 17, 2017
Dear Marg & family We are so sorry to learn that Hank has passed away We have so many fond memories of him from the get togethers with Alf & Hilda to being our neighbours at Valley Tower. We will remember his smile & joking nature Rest in Peace, Hank

Ron & Karen Wegner
December 13, 2017
Dear Chris and family: Condolences on your fathers' passing. We will always have fond memories of him.
Hank & Cindy Koster
December 12, 2017
Dear Chris and Family, Our condolences to you and your family, Our thought and prayers are with you at this time, Rest in Peace Om Henk.
Pieter Koster
December 11, 2017
Our prayers are with you and the family.
Glad and Bob Wilson
December 11, 2017
Sincere condolences to Margaret and extended family. Fond memories of many visits in past years in Kelowna, playing board games, celebrations, lunches, etc. Will miss him. Always caring with an infectious smile. RIP Hank,!

With sympathy, Jan Miller
Janice Miller
December 11, 2017
Marge and Chris, my condolence to you and your families. Hank had a huge influence in my life. As a Friend to my Dad, Hank sponsored our immigration to Canada and hired me in 1955 1962; where I was able to complete my apprenticeship. He taught me estimating and design that gave me a great start in my own business and engineering career. Thank you for your kindness and (brave) service during the war.
Clarence Dezwart
December 10, 2017
Dear Chris and family, Please accept our condolences for the loss of your father. I'm sure you have many fond memories of his life well lived.
Peter and Jordyce
December 10, 2017
He and Hepke Paauw (died 2017 october 19, Waterford Ontario) were the last of the 25 heroes who liberated 51 people from the prison of Leeuwarden on December 8 1944. Lest we forget!
Hessel De Walle
December 9, 2017
To The Family of Mr. Rypkema

Although you do not know me I wish to send my condolences for your loss may you find COURAGE, STRENGTH and LOVE moving forward.

Mr. Rypkema, THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices you made during WWII to help make this world a better and safer place for all to live.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them.

Rest In Peace Sir
Lest We Forget

A PROUD CANADIAN Veterans Daughter
Donna Phillips

To The Late: Donald Martin Phillips
WWII Veteran 1941-1945
Donna Phillips
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