Jan Vos

Jan Vos

May 20, 1926 - March 09, 2020
Lake Forest CA

Jan Vos

May 20, 1926 - March 09, 2020
Lake Forest CA


Jan Vos, beloved husband, father, and Opa was born May 20, 1926 in Surabaya, Indonesia. He passed away March 9, 2020 in Lake Forest, California. Jan lived on three continents, sailing by ocean liner each time. As well as Indonesia, he lived in the Netherlands, and immigrated to the United States, living in Iowa and California. When his mother was hit with especially hard times caring for her family, he was twice sent to live in an orphanage; he never knew his father, as he died before he was born. He lived through World War II and survived the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in an internment camp. He worked hard his entire life for his family. He and his wife, Albertine, were married 61 years before she passed. His trust in God never wavered.

Along with his love of family, he loved being with friends and talking about old times. His memory was so good, he decided to send in an article he wrote about life growing up in Indonesia as well as his time there during the war to De Indo, a magazine distributed internationally. He became a regular contributor for many years. One of his stories was published in the book by Jan A. Krancher, “The Defining Years of the Dutch East Indies, 1942-1949, Survivors Accounts of Japanese Invasion and Enslavement of Europeans and the Revolution That Created Free Indonesia.”

Jan was a man full of faith, love, wisdom, and humility. His family was his all, and he helped sow seeds that grew into deep faith.

In his last days, with his eyes closed and barely responsive, we realized what we heard was not him mumbling”     he was praying.

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6

He has now heard the heavenly words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”


Vigil Service

  • Date & Time: April 3, 2020 (7:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: April 4, 2020 (9:00 AM)
  • Venue: St. Nicholas Catholic Church
  • Location: 24252 El Toro Rd. Laguna Woods, CA 92637 - (Get Directions)

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: April 6, 2020 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: Ascension Cemetery
  • Location: 24754 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 837-1331

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20 responses to Jan Vos

  1. I’m so very sorry for your Family’s loss! I didn’t meet him but I remembered his Face! Sounds like he was a great Dad and husband and had great Faith in the Lord !
    Prayers for comfort and love for your Family!❤Hugs

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Even though nobody could be there with all of you during this time, remember that everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with you!!

    God bless you all,

  3. Rudi Bekker says:

    Oom Jan,
    I remember the first time I “met” him, was in Batavia, when I was a little boy of almost 6 years. It was right after the liberation of the Jap Concentration camp in 1945. He was my Mom’s youngest brother – in my eyes – the first real “oom”. Ever since, I looked up to him and learned from him. He was a man of the highest integrity, honour and character. He had a few anchor points in his life, which were remarkable: His love of/for Jesus Christ, His Redeemer – Jan’s devotion to his wife, Tine – his impeccable character and actions as a dedicated father of/for his daughters, Wanda, Laurie and Linda and finally the love, compassion and understanding of/for his relatives and the rest of the world.
    Jan had a very difficult time leaving Indonesia and after some time in Holland, he decided to immigrate to the US, in order to provide a better platform of life for his family. Via Iowa, he settled in California where I “met” him and his family again, after years of separation – He, in California and I, at sea and later in Canada. Jan has gone “home” now to be with Jesus Christ and to be re-united with his Tine, his mom his dad and his siblings. No more sorrows, no more weeping no more pain
    Earth has lost an exceptional son, but his legacy will live on thru the coming generations.
    Terima kassi banjak – oom Jan !!
    Love, peace and strength to you Wanda, Laurie, Linda and your families.
    May God bless you all!
    Rudi Bekker

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