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Hendrik C. Gillebaard

1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Hendrik C. Gillebaard Obituary
January 8, 1927 - March 31, 2017
Hendrik Cornelis Gillebaard, Sr. passed away March 31, 2017 in San Clemente, CA. No foul-play is suspected at this time. His body was found wearing the same clothes he wore when he was born. He is survived by his highly acclaimed comedic wife, Lola Gillebaard, and his four (known) sons: Hank Jr., Gus, Paul and Ted and their wives Anne, Karen and Fadia; as well as six grandchildren: Hank III, Ashley, Christopher, Krystal, Verinia and Joshua.
Hendrik was born on January 8, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in Amsterdam, Holland, during the German occupation. At the end of the war, he joined the US Army. The highlights of his life during this time are captured in his book Private Lucky - available online (yes this was a shameless marketing plug). Hendrik loved the "F" word ... "Flying". He trained himself how to fly aerobatics and was so well-known for his skills at the time that he was invited in 1950 to be a civilian flight instructor for the military in Kinston, North Carolina, where he met his wife, Lola. Hendrik was the epitome of an entrepreneur. In fact, he had started and sold more businesses than most people have had jobs, including the gold-plated peanut for the Jimmy Carter campaign, the LED signs of years ago, and the invention of the portable pool as well as many others. (Read more at: http://bit.ly/2otLN3l or www.PrivateLucky.com).
Hendrik is also survived by his brain, as it was his wish for it to be donated to science. A desire he felt was a "no brainer." Flying High Celebration of Life, Sunday, May 7th, 3pm at San Clemente Villas by the Sea, 660 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 25 to May 4, 2017
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