Johan Adam DeJong

April 26, 1924July 22, 2018
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Johan Adam DeJong, age 94, passed away Sunday, July 22nd.

Johan was born April 26th, 1924 in Amsterdam, Netherlands to Anthonius Cornelis and Jacoba Maria (Ruiter) de Jong.

Johan was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who spent his lifetime also devoted to the food service industry. He travelled for many years judging the military food service awards where he enjoyed many unique experiences. His many accomplishments leave a legacy: retired General Manager of The Poinsett Club, past president of the International Food Service Executive Association (IFSEA), Founder and past president of the SC Palmetto branch of IFSEA, Trustee for the Worthy Goal Foundation (IFSEA), past president of the Carolina Club Manager Association, member of the Club Managers of America, member of the American Culinary Federation, member of the American Academy of Chefs, and member of the Western Carolina Sailing Club.

He is survived by his wife, Jacoba O. DeJong, his children Harry de Jong, Johan De Jong, Catherine De Jong Gentry, and Charlene (Charli) De Jong, his grandchildren Johan M. DeJong, Gabriella Gentry, Samuel Gentry, his great grandchildren Pandora DeJong, Sigfried DeJong, father of Gabriella and Samuel Gentry, Steven Gentry and the family's dear friend Larry Medlin. He is pre-deceased by daughter Monica DeJong Valipour.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Worthy Goal Scholarship Fund of IFSEA care of Stan Gibson, Trustee, P.O. Box 825, Greer, SC 29652.

Condolences may be expressed to the DeJong family at


  • Anthonis Cornelis DeJong, Father
  • Jacoba Maria Ruiter DeJong, Mother
  • Jacoba Elisabeth Ockhuisen DeJong, Wife
  • Harry DeJong, Son
  • Johan DeJong, Son
  • Catherine DeJong Gentry, Daughter
  • Charlene (Charli) DeJong, Daughter
  • Moniac DeJong Valipour, Daughter
  • Johan M DeJong, Grandchild
  • Gabriella Gentry, Grandchild
  • Samuel Gentry, Grandchild
  • Pandora DeJong, Great Grandchild
  • Sigfried DeJong, Great Grandchild
  • Larry Medlin, Friend
  • Steven Gentry, Father of Gabriella and Samuel Gentry

  • Worthy Goal Scholarship Fund of IFSEA


  • Visitation Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 4, 2018

Johan Adam DeJong

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Shep Smith

August 7, 2018

What an inspiring man who took his opportunity in life to influence so many people including myself. A true professional that could do more by nine AM that most people did all day. Bless him and his family.

Maureen and Graham McDeson

August 6, 2018

Dear Coz,
We have so many fond memories of our visits with you over the years.
Johan was truly a professional in every way, an inspiration to fellow Managers, Chefs
and Students pursuing the Hospitality Industry.
Our thoughts are with you and the Family.
Love Maureen and Graham

Patricia Calder

August 2, 2018

On behalf of the Carolinas Chapter of the Club Management Association of America, I extend our deepest sympathies to Johan's wife and family. Johan was a driving force in our association, and we remember him fondly. He was the first President of the Carolinas Chapter (1983) that we have on file.

Cathy DeJong Gentry

August 2, 2018

Too many memories to share. May you Rest In Peace. I plan on continuing to make you proud. You were the BEST teacher. Your legacy will go on forever. I love you Dad.

Debbie Beasley

July 27, 2018

Such a beloved man to so many. You will be missed. Deepest sympathies to all of you.

Barry Henfey

July 26, 2018

Love and prayers. Lots of memories, lots of laughs. Our lives were better because John was in it. Barry & Sue Henfey