John Henry DeRuiter
April 21, 1952 – August 29, 2020
John Henry DeRuiter was born in Hanford, California on April 21, 1952 to Henry and Mata DeRuiter. He was the youngest of four brothers. He left this world suddenly to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 29th at the age of 68.
John attended Hanford Christian School and graduated from Hanford Union High School in 1970. At HUHS, he excelled in the Future Farmers of America and won several local and state awards. John attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, on a full scholarship. He was active in student government, Ag Council, Alpha Zeta, and especially, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Within the fraternity, he held many positions of leadership and remained active in the organization throughout his lifetime.
John graduated with honors in 1974. He was awarded the Outstanding Ag Senior Award to commemorate him for his excellence in academics and leadership. This honor always held special significance to John. After he received his Bachelor of Science degree, he continued his studies and obtained a Master’s Degree in Ag Business Management. Upon graduation, John worked at Golden Genes in Riverdale, buying and selling Holstein dairy livestock internationally. This position allowed him to travel abroad extensively, igniting a passion for travel which he carried throughout his life.
John was a member of Class 11 of the California Ag Leadership Program in 1981-82. He was able to use the leadership skills he learned in this program in every facet of his professional life. In 1980, John entered the world of agricultural finance. He worked as a Vice President for Security Pacific Bank for 10 years. In 1990, he moved to Bank of the West where he was a Senior Vice President/ Regional Manager. In 2008, he accepted a position as a Senior Vice President & Regional Manager of the Food & Ag Division for Rabobank Agri-Finance. John recently retired from Rabobank on August 15th. During his life, John gave back to the community. He served on the boards of the American Cancer Society and the California State FFA. He was also a longtime member of the Fresno County Farm Bureau and the Fresno Rotary Club.
John was a well-respected family man who will be remembered for his integrity and knowledge of agriculture. He was extremely proud of his Dutch heritage and family history. He lived for the relationships he built over the years as a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, co-worker and mentor. He took great pride in attending and being involved in his children’s numerous extracurricular activities and athletics. He was always cheering them on, from their time as little John Wash Tigers, all the way up to Sanger Apaches. He always pushed them to do their best in whatever they did! He thoroughly enjoyed spending time vacationing with his children along the Central Coast. In retirement, he was looking forward to traveling and spending more time with his cherished grandchildren and sharing with them his love for the Central Coast.
John was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Mata DeRuiter; and his brothers, Leonard and Donald DeRuiter. John is survived by his daughter, Gretchen Heinrich, and her husband, Robby; his daughter, Jordan Mosier and her husband, Evan; his son, Jacob DeRuiter; and his five grandchildren, Nathan, Grace, Kendyl, Jacob Jr., and Juniper. He is also survived by his brother, Gerald DeRuiter; his sisters-in-law, Judy and Rose DeRuiter; numerous nieces, nephew, cousins, and friends. John also leaves behind a legacy of special friendships with his Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity brothers, who knew him as “Roto.” He will be greatly missed.
Due to the current restrictions, only a private service will be held. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 10 am to 12pm at the People’s Funeral Chapel, 501 N. Douty St., Hanford, Ca. The family will host a Celebration of Life for John on a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the following organizations in which John held dear: California FFA Foundation, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity Foundation Chi Chapter, California AG Leadership Foundation, or Special Olympics.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
John Henry DeRuiter
September 17, 2020
When I first met John, he was a State FFA officer. To me he seemed like a larger than life figure. Later, at Cal Poly, I had the honor of having John as my big brother, when I pledged the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. During hard times and great times, John was always there with his down to earth wisdom, great sense of humor and a sincere desire to help people solve problems.
Rest in Peace, brother. I'll miss you.
September 16, 2020
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with John and Rabobank when we were farming. We ended up being friends. He was such a great man. And, I just realized that he and I share the same birthday and birth year. We will miss him. Hugs to his family 💙 Sharon & Ted Page
September 15, 2020
I have many wonderful memories of John. Mostly of him being at many events involving the grandkids. Soccer and basketball games. Grandparent celebrations. Holiday pageants, Birthday parties. Family get-togethers. It was obvious his family meant the world to him. Treasure your memories. And take comfort he is with God now.
September 14, 2020
I have great memories of John on the softball field. He was there to coach us and cheer us on. Thank you John for being there for not only your own children but for all of us that had the pleasure of being coached by you. I will hold on to those early Saturday mornings, showing up to a tournament and seeing you eager and ready to go! You will be deeply missed.
Vanessa Karaman (Romero)