Herb van der Bent
Herb van der Bent passed away unexpectedly on February 22, 2006 in his home in Grass Valley. He was 78 years old. Herb was born on May 7, 1927 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, one of eleven children born to Huig and Leuntje (Guyt) van der Bent. He married Lydia Petite on June 4, 1952. They were married for 53 years before her death in January of this year.
Herb was the quintessential example of the American Dream. After surviving World War II and its aftermath in Europe, he worked as a merchant marine all over the world. In 1960, he immigrated to the United States with his wife and children, settling in Grass Valley in 1980. He eventually came to own his own successful air conditioning company which provided a comfortable life for himself and his family. Though not formally educated, he was a superior engineer, with a knack for making any device he dreamed up work or run. He loved to travel and enjoyed nothing more than heading out in his RV to explore his adopted homeland.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and four brothers. His wife Lydia recently passed away on January 26 of this year. He is survived by his three daughters, Irma Napier, Saskia Levine and Olga (Tim) Lane. Also surviving are
his eight grandchildren, Kimberly Napier, Nani (Paul) Chan, Adelheid (Andrew) Chudy, Tara Levine, Melinda (David) DeLacy, Shawn Lane, Jonathon King and Holly Lane as well as thirteen great-grandchildren.
Burial arrangements were handled by the Neptune Society. A memorial service will be held March 11, 2006 at the Riosa Road Baptist Church, 4101 Riosa Road, Sheridan, Ca. at 1:00 p.m. As Herb van der Bent was a fi rm believer in aiding those less fortunate, please consider a donation in his name to the Union Gospel Mission in Sacramento.
As his presence made the world a better place for those who knew him, his absence makes it more sorrowful.
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