Klaas Leyenaar, of Lombard Manor in Lombardy, died on Sept. 22, 2002 at Great War Memorial Hospital in Perth. He was 85.
He is survived by his wife Anskje (Ann) (nee Vanderplaats) whom he married on May 19, 1943 in Witmarsum, Friesland, the Netherlands.
Mr. Leyenaar was born on June 10, 1917 in Oosterend, the Netherlands to the late Antje (nee Dykstra) and Jacob Leyenaar. He was born and raised in the Netherlands. In 1950, he immigrated to Canada along with his family and settled in the Winchester Springs area.
He thoroughly enjoyed his lifelong occupation of dairy farming. After retiring from farming in 1979, he and Ann moved to Winchester where they resided until they moved to the Lombard Manor in December of 2001. During their retirement they enjoyed travelling and visited destinations within Canada, as well as in the Philippines, the United States and the Netherlands.
Mr. Leyenaar was a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Winchester. His faith in God and trust in Jesus were central in his life.
He is survived by children Maryke (Piebe) DeJong of Chesterville, Jacob (Lillian) of Komoka, Stuart (Adrie) of Merrickville, Peter(Karen) of Winchester Springs, Annie (Roy) Burrage of Kitchener and Clarence (Darlene) of Newmarket. He is also survived by brother Jappie (Anna) of Holland. He was predeceased by brothers Pieter, Bouke, Wiebe and Dirk; and sisters Aukje and Tryntje.
Mr. Leyenaar will be fondly remembered by 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Friends called at Marsden and Mclaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sept. 23-24. The funeral was held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian on Sept. 24 with Rev. Carol Bain officiating. Interment was atNew Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. Pallbearers were grandchildrenMatt Leyenaar, Chris Leyenaar, Sarah Leyenaar, Ansky DeJong, Siebren DeJong and Carl DeJong.
Donations to the Canadian Bible Society or Timothy Christian School would be appreciated by the family.