Bill Van Leeuwen
January 13, 1939 – September 6, 2020
William A. (Bill) Van Leeuwen, 81 of Eastvale, CA. went home to his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 6, 2020. Bill was born on 1-13-39 to Arie & Margie Van Leeuwen. He grew up in Bellflower, CA. & attended Bellflower Christian School. In 1958 the family moved to Chino CA. Bill was 19 years old It was there he met his ‘chino girl’, his neighbor, his lifetime love - Delores Ladegaard. They shared a life dedicated to Christ for 60 years. It was rare to see one without the other. They moved to Norco, CA. to establish Mid-Hill Dairy later moving the dairy to Corona, CA. There they raised their 4 children, Rhonda, Richard (Frog), Marty, and Michael. Bill was known for entertaining. Their home was always open for family celebrations, swim parties, square dances, neighborhood gatherings, and of course the world famous Corn Maze! His favorite tradition was our family’s large Easter celebration, complete with ham buns & playing baseball in the field, trying to avoid the cow patties. This tradition is 38 years in the making and has included many extra friends of our family. Bill & Dee enjoyed traveling with their family. They went on many camping trips, whether their children wanted to or not. They always believed it was important to be together as a family. They also vacationed with groups of friends, from rafting down the Colorado River and jeep rides to exploring different parts of the world. He was known for getting everyone involved in a game of some sorts no matter where they were. Bill loved his cows. In the earlier years you often found him outside laying out hay, washing out the barn or changing sprinkler pipes. He was very proud of the dairy industry. He regularly served in leadership roles with the Milk Advisor Board, Milk Producers Council, plus he was a graduate from the Ag. Leadership Program. He was always ready to promote the dairy business. More recently he enjoyed time on the tractor, ‘moving dirt’ at the Mid-Hill driving range. He was also very faithful to his golfing group. Bill lived out his faith. He found joy in serving in many capacities at Church on the Hill where the family attended for over 40 years. He served on the church council and also enjoyed singing in the choir. He was often the narrator for the church cantatas. He recently volunteered with Operation Christmas Child, an organization which sends shoe boxes filled with gifts to kids around the world. He also served with a food donation ministry, helping distribute food to families in need. Over the last 15 years Bill & Dee helped start Vantage Point Church in Eastvale. Recently they become members at Crosspoint Church, where they are active in their small group & enjoy meeting up with friends. Bill’s greatest love & highest priority was promoting God’s kingdom, & loving his family. When his kids were attending Ontario Christian School he served on the school board. When his grandchildren attended o.c. he was a faithful supporter & a fan of whatever they were involved in. He continued that support staying involved with his great grandkids. “from generation to generation” were words he lived by. Bill Van Leeuwen had a gift of welcoming each new member of his family, loving them as his own. He is survived by his wife, Delores. His children, Rhonda & Bennett of Bakersfield, CA. Richard & Michele Van Leeuwen of Imperial, CA. Marty & Anna Van Leeuwen of Buhl, Idaho. Michael Van Leeuwen of Imperial, CA. He was ‘Papa' to 8 “of the best grandkids in the world” & their spouses. He was ‘Great Papa’ to 6 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his wonderful siblings, who he cherishes & loved to get together with. Cathy & Dale Bush, Arlan & Joan Van Leeuwen, Jerry & Kathy Van Leeuwen, Jeannie & Danny Vander Ham. He had numerous cousins, nieces & nephews who all called him ‘Uncle Bill’. He was ‘Papa Bill’ to many many others he met in his life. We will miss him greatly, his great smile, his words of encouragement, his handshakes & big hugs. We take comfort in the promise of his last words to his loving wife, Dee - “I’ll see you in Heaven” In lie of flowers, please donate to Ontario Christian School’s Memorial fund, or to Operation Christmas Child.
- Operation Christmas Child
Celebration of Life Service
Bill Van Leeuwen
September 15, 2020
Dear Dee, I'm so sorry for your loss. You and Bill both, have been so generous with Operation Christmas Child. Him, transporting 1000s of shoeboxes each year. What an amazing example of God's love. I will miss his energy, strength and big smile. You and your family are in my prayers.
Corry & Jane Vanderham
September 13, 2020
So sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. He will be so very missed. Prayers are with the family at this difficult time. May our Loving God give you comfort & peace. Until we meet again. Love, Corry & Jane
September 12, 2020
Very few men are like Bill... He was cut from a different cloth. He loved his wife and family more than anything. He was a man of means yet he did not think of himself better than anyone. He spoke truth with grace. He loved his community and served it well. He was generous. He had a passion for life. He was a man's man, yet he would well up with tears when talking about a person or issue he felt deeply for. He was a strong man of faith... but never judgmental. He had the ability to see in others what they could not see in themselves. He was gruff yet gentle. He had a twinkle in his eye.
He loved Dee passionately.
Our world is better because Bill passed through.
On a personal level, I would not be where I am today without the love, generosity, truth, friendship and mentorship of Bill Vanleeuwen.
Rest easy, Bill. We will see you on the other side.
September 11, 2020
Bill and Dee were a great team of love and encouragement. Bill served twice as Board President, under my 'watch' at OCS. He was such an effective leader and really influenced my life in positive ways. He comes from a 'Leadership Family'. Someday, we shall meet again. ... George