Vernon Van Der Kamp, 91

                Vernon Van Der Kamp left this
life on Jan. 18, 2019, in Sierra Vista, AZ at the age of 91 years and seven
months.  He was born June 18, 1927, to
Paul and Gertie Van Der Kamp into a family of three brothers and three
sisters.  He worked with his father on
the family farm and dairy. In 1946, he married Betty DeJong in the Little Brown
Church in the Vale in Nashua. Vern farmed in Iowa for 14 years with farms in
Sully, Prairie City, Goodell, Hayfield, and Britt.  During their time in Iowa, Vern and Betty had
three children, Carl, Craig, and Lynne. In 1960, tired of Iowa’s cold winters,
Vern moved the family to Sacramento, CA. He worked for Foremost Dairies and
Milano Realty before he and Betty bought Dane’s Health Foods in Sacramento and
began a new career. They soon added a health food store in Livermore, CA, and
aptly renamed it Van’s Health Foods. When Montecito Health Center became
available, they purchased it and moved to Summerland, CA, fulfilling Vern’s
lifelong dream of living in the beautiful Santa Barbara area. They successfully
ran this store until they retired in 1985. In retirement, Vern and Betty
enjoyed cruising the Caribbean and touring Europe including East Germany,
Poland, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. They also toured the U.S. and
Canada in their Airstream trailer before parting ways.

                Vern moved to Ajijic, Mexico, in
1987 with his second wife, Mary Sutton, where he spent several years enjoying
his passion for buying and selling local real estate; moving into a number of
beautiful homes - always with an eye on his next investment. He enjoyed the
comradery of expatriates from several countries in the Lake Chapala retirement
community before returning to the United States.  After leaving Mexico, Vern and Mary settled
in Las Vegas, NV, and then moved on to Sierra Vista, AZ.

                Vern was preceded in death by
his brothers Milo, Cleo, and Floyd, his sister Irene Vander Leest, and his
second wife Mary. 

                Left to mourn his passing are
his former wife and good friend Betty Van Der Kamp; children Carl (Patti) Van
Der Kamp, Craig (Gayleen) Van Der Kamp, Lynne Van Der Kamp; six grandchildren:
Christian Van Der Kamp, Joshua Van Der Kamp, Alissa Van Der Kamp (Keel), Micah
Van Der Kamp, Timothy Slowik, and Josef Slowik; eight great-grandchildren:
Lauren Van Der Kamp, Hannah Van Der Kamp, Karma Schwalback, Kaylie Van Der
Kamp, Adam Van Der Kamp, Noah Van Der Kamp, River Van Der Kamp, Kai Van Der
Kamp, Camila Slowik, and Tristan Keel; and sisters Ruby Van Wyk and Neva
Lanser.   

                A graveside service was held at
East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento, CA, on Feb. 6, with Pastor Keith DeVries
officiating.

                We will always carry his memory
in our hearts.

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