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James Peter Gravendyk


1922 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
James Peter Gravendyk Obituary
James Peter Gravendyk

Passed away peacefully at home in La Jolla, California surrounded by loved ones on June 23, 2015. Jim was born to John and Dorothea Gravendyk on May 10, 1922. He was preceded in death by his wives Joyce Arcelia Gravendyk and Marjanna Freeman, his sisters Florence and Dorothy, his brother John and granddaughter Hillary. Upon the death of his father in 1935, Jim at age 14 was forced to pack up his mother, brother and sisters and with a special drivers license in hand, drove the
family from Grand Rapids to Los Angeles in an aging Model A Ford. During WWII Jim, with his younger brother by his side, crisscrossed the Pacific in the service of the US Merchant Marines. After the war Jim joined the Southern California Aircraft Industry. He and Joyce married and had two children: their son John, and later, daughter Jan. Jim and Joyce led an active social life from their home in Manhattan Beach, California. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and love of family. They spent many happy times snow skiing, boating, bicycle riding, scuba diving and various equestrian pursuits involving the family horses. Upon retirement as a Chief Engineer from Northrop Aerospace Company Jim (aka "Gravy") relocated to Cambria, California where he and his second wife Marjanna launched many travel adventures in their motorhome. After Marjanna's passing, Jim continued to live in his beautiful Cambria "home in the pines" and rode his bicycle with the Cambria Wheelmen well into his 80's In 2009, Jim moved to La Jolla, California to be closer to his daughter, Jan. He immediately created new friendships with other active seniors, and formed a very special bond with his companion and caregiver, Florenda, whom he referred to as "my angel." Jim's humor, quick smile, strength of spirit and faith never
diminished throughout his 93 years. Jim is survived by his two children, John Gravendyk and Jan Cronin; John's wife, Katherine; granddaughters Megan Gravendyk and her fiancé Jose Estrella, Lindsay Stevens, her husband Joshua, Amy Wilke, her husband Christopher; and great-granddaughters Mia and Harper Stevens and Scarlett Wilke. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on July 7, 2015
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