Gerard “Jerry” Van Der Veen, a Yucca Valley resident, passed away at his home with his daughters by his side on April 30, 2019. He was 72 years old.
Born in Zandamm, Holland, he moved to United States when he was 6 years old. He resided mainly in Southern California for 66 years.
He served on the U.S.S. Current in the Engineering Department during the Vietnam War, where he received two medals and was honorably discharged.
Mr. Van Der Veen was a sculptor. Many of his pieces were made from soapstone, and some were carved in wood. His vision was to open a school so he could teach children the craft. He also enjoyed music and playing the harmonica.
He was an animal lover and was never afraid to speak up on their behalf!
He is survived by his three daughters, Quirina and Breanna Van Der Veen, both from Yucca Valley, and Deziree Van Der Veen, from San Luis Obispo, and grandsons Thomas and Christian Van Der Veen, of Cypress, Tanner Jackman, from Downey, and Jay and Jase Crepeau, in San Luis Obispo.
Jerry was known by many. He treated everyone with respect and kindness. He believed no one was better than another. If he had it to give, and you were in need, he would give it. His pets stole his heart. You rarely ever saw him without his dog(s) by his side. He loved his animals dearly. He was a good man with a big heart and will be deeply missed by many.
In regards to services, get in touch with his daughter Quirina for further information.