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 03, 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 04, 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 06, 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. Lori Olvera says:

    What beautiful words to honor your father’s life. He was an amazing man to have helped raise three faithful and loving daughters. My sincerest condolences for your loss. I am sure he will forever watch over you from Above. God Bless your family.

  2. Lori Olvera says:

    Such beautiful words to honor your father’s life. He was an amazing man to have helped raise 3 faithful and loving daughters. My condolences on the loss of your father. I am sure he is watching over you from Above. God Bless your family during this difficult journey of grief.

    1. Terri Burns says:

      To you three sisters
      Such beautiful words of your sweet father’s life. I pray you find peace and feel God’s embrace to comfort you during this time. Love you Linda and God Bless you, Wanda and Laurie.

  3. You were truly loved by your family. And now you are joined again with your wife. I hope you both are dancing and feeling no pain anymore. As I have never met you nor your wife. I have heard so many wonderful things about both of you thru Wanda. May god be with you throughout this time of pain.

  4. Sending love your way, as we know, heaven just got another angel‡

  5. so beautiful. prayers to all the family at this time.

    1. May the peace of the lord fill you with strength as healing through this time! Bitter sweet for he will be missed but with his bride.

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