Obituary for Raymond Moddejonge
Reindert (Raymond) Moddejonge passed away peacefully at Spring Hill Manor in Grass Valley on Aug. 23, 2014, with family members present. He was 95.
A celebration of life is being planned.
Raymond was an incredible man of many experiences and talents, speaking five different languages. He was born in Indonesia and lived there with his family until he was a young man.
The family moved to Holland where he went into the military academy. World War II broke out and he was taken as a prisoner of war in his early 20s. After escaping three times during those five years as a POW, at his final release, it was the American flag he saw first.
Little did he know at that time, he would soon choose America as the country he wanted to live in and bring his own family.
Ray and his wife immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1950s with three children, and then proudly became American citizens. After spending a few years in Ohio, the family moved to California where they had a wonderful life in Palm Desert and after retirement, they moved north to Grass Valley.
They did live in the best years of their lives at Forest Springs Park where Raymond was very involved in the HOA and community events. They were also able to take some memorable vacations and cruises together.
Raymond became suddenly widowed this past December. He and Alice had been married for 68 years.
He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Marjanka (Jay) Tamburina of Rocklin, Raymond Moddejonge Jr. of Grass Valley and Frank (Sandy) Moddejonge of Escondido. He also leaves a sister, Louise Van Spankeren of Seattle, Wash. Raymond leaves behind eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
This respected man who truly loved his family will be greatly missed.
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