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Neil David Van Oostenburg, 86, died peacefully on Aug. 4, 2018, in Ketchikan.
He was born March 26, 1932, in the Deaconess Hospital in Detroit. He attended Kerby Elementary School and Grosse Point High School in Grosse Point, Michigan, and studied eight weeks of agriculture.
“One of his dreams was to have a farm with cows and land,” his family writes.
Mr. Van Oostenburg left Michigan in 1959 for Ketchikan, where he resided ever since.
“He spent many happy years here doing things that he enjoyed,” his family writes.
He was a surveyor, and worked in light construction, light logging, fishing and yard work.
“He liked to walk to his jobs around town, working in many gardens,” his family writes. “The ladies liked his work, and by lunchtime, there was often a nice lunch ready for him.”
Mr. Van Oostenburg was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church.
Mr. Van Oostenburg was preceeded in death by his parents, Esther Leonora Boer and Neil Van Oostenburg.
He is survived by a brother, Bruce Boer Van Oostenburg of Detroit; and many cousins.
A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at the PeaceHealth Medical Center activities room.
Mr. Van Oostenburg’s remains will be interred next to those of his parents in Detroit.