The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

February 13, 2014

Willem Jan Ebbink

NORMAN — Willem Jan Ebbink, 86, passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Norman. Willem was born in Soekaboemi, Indonesia, on May 17, 1927, to Warji Marjane and Willem Jan Ebbink. He grew up with his parents and eight siblings, one of whom died in infancy.

He married Elisabeth Wessels-Beljaars on March 17, 1943. During World War II, he was captured and served time in a Japanese prison camp. Willem and Elisabeth had six children, eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. They remained married until Elisabeth passed away Nov. 18, 2008.

Willem, Elisabeth, and their four children, Joyce, Hedy, Grace and Theo, left Indonesia in 1958 and moved to the Netherlands. Their son, Bart, was born in Utrecht, Holland. In 1960, the family was sponsored to the United States by a Methodist church in Snohomish, Wash. The Ebbinks lived in Washington and later moved to California, where their son, Gerald, was born in Glendale, Calif. The family lived in Orange, Calif., for many years before moving to Norman.

Willem owned a photo studio and radio shop in Indonesia and later owned a television repair business in Orange, Slaughterville and Norman. Willem was dedicated to his family and loved spending time with them. He enjoyed photography, fishing and gardening; his gardens were always filled with vegetables and flowers, especially irises.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, four brothers and his wife, Elisabeth.

Survivors include his six children, Joyce, Hedy, Grace, Theo, Bart and Gerald; a sister in California; a brother and sister in the Netherlands; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the local American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel, 3401 N. Havenbrook St. in Norman.

Arrangements for Willem and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.

Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.

Norman Transcript, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Charles D. Hale

    Charles D. Hale, 80, of Norman, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home, due to complications from a stroke. He was the seventh of nine children born Jan. 13, 1934, to Tom and Annie Hale in Boswell. Charles was a member of the ...

    July 24, 2014

  • James K. West

    James K. West, 70, of Tulsa, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. Jim was born Aug, 17, 1943, in Sentinel. He was a former resident and businessman in Norman....

    July 24, 2014

  • Jafar Farzaneh

    Jafar Farzaneh, an 80 year-old Norman resident, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. Mr. Farzaneh was born Oct. 3, 1934, in Tehran, Iran, where he grew up working in his father’s textile factory. Mr. Farzaneh was the eldest of his siblings ...

    July 24, 2014

  • James K. West

    James K. West, 70, of Tulsa, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. Jim was born Aug, 17, 1943, in Sentinel. He was a former resident and businessman in Norman....

    July 23, 2014

  • Dr. Tibor József Herczeg

    “The ancient order opens to readmit me. I lean out on the windy stars.” — János Pilinszky. Apocrypha Dr. Tibor József Herczeg, 87, emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Oklahoma, died Monday, July 7, 2014....

    July 22, 2014

  • Elbert Don Idlett

    Elbert Don Idlett died Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Noble at the age of 60 years, 4 months and 14 days....

    July 22, 2014

  • Johnny Allen Cossey

    Johnny Allen Cossey, 55, of Noble, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service to honor Johnny’s life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Noble Assembly of God Church, 100 W. ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Steven Matthew Sparks

    Steven Matthew ‘Matt’ Sparks, 34, beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014. Matt was born Feb. 7, 1980, in Elk City. After living abroad in several countries during his childhood due to his ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Donald Leon Conn

    Donald Leon Conn was born March 12, 1937, in Lexington to Harvey and Wilma (May) Conn. He passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at his home in Noble....

    July 18, 2014

  • Thomas Joseph ‘T.J.’ Cotrone

    Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Cotrone, 36, of Norman, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was born Nov. 21, 1977, in Queens, N.Y., to Thomas Joseph Cotrone Sr. and Deborah Lynn Carlisle....

    July 18, 2014