Daniel Edward Ronhaar died at his home in Oak Harbor on January 1, 2007 at the age of 78. He was born to John and Elizabeth Mae (Abrahamse) Ronhaar on December 27, 1928 in Oak Harbor. Dan began his life on the family farm and then moved, with his parents, into town. He was a member of Oak Harbor High School Class of 1946. Dan served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Korean War. Dan worked for Oak Harbor Freight Lines during high school. Following graduation he went to work full time, working on a contract with the Naval Air Station. When that contract ceased, Dan transferred to the freight lines office in Seattle. He was married to Juneth Hansen and he and Juneth lived in the Seattle area for many years. Juneth died after 22 years of marriage and Dan decided to return to Oak Harbor. He was hired by civil service to work as the manager of surplus and disposal at the Naval Air Station. Dan was married to Marie Margaret “Marge” Leavell in Oak Harbor on March 29, 1974. Marge died in 2004.
Dan and Marge met Alice Kammeraad at a cruise information meeting in Canada. They also traveled on two cruises together. Following Marge’s death, Dan and Alice became friends, were engaged and on June 6, 2005 were married in Chilliwack, BC. They shared homes in Oak Harbor and Abbotsford, BC.
Dan was diagnosed with cancer and he and Alice decided to make the very best of their time together. They purchased a truck and a fifth wheel and traveled extensively for several months. They took a cruise through Hungary and Austria and a trip to Hawaii. Dan enjoyed crabbing, clamming and working in his yard. He was always the optimist, always willing to help in any way possible and had a strong work ethic. He was a member of the First Reformed Church of Oak Harbor. Dan is survived by his wife Alice Kammeraad and by his step-children: Daughter Dona Rientjes and husband Dan of Oak Harbor; by sons John Leavell of Oak Harbor and David Leavell of Miami Shores, Florida; by four daughters: Pauline Bosch of Edmonton, Alison Arends and husband John and Lorraine Van Bodegom and husband Kees, all of Abbotsford and Carla Bryant and husband Dave of Parksville, BC. Two brothers also survive him, Jim Ronhaar of Oak Harbor and Carl Ronhaar of Lynden and sisters, Margaret Jedele of Oak Harbor and Doris Ewaldsen of Edmonds and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services for Daniel Ronhaar will by held Saturday, January 6, 2006 at 11:00 am at the Oak Harbor First Reformed Church with Pastor Jon Brown officiating. Graveside Âservices will precede at Maple Leaf Cemetery at 10:00 am Saturday. Memorials may be made to the Gideons.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to
Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor, Washington 360-675-3192