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Cornelius Van Duren(1915 - 2013)

CORNELIUS VAN DUREN BORN OCTOBER 16, 1915 DECEASED NOVEMBER 29, 2013 TO CORNELIUS AND ANNA TUNSTRA VAN DUREN OF HOLLAND.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS WIFE OF 49 YEARS, MARY LOU VAN DUREN. SURVIVED BY DAUGHTER JOAN CSEH, SON CRAIG VAN DUREN, DAUGHTER LAURA BROWN, DAUGHTER DEBRA KOMADINA AND SON MARK VAN DUREN. GRANDCHILDREN JUSTIN, KORTNEY, BRITTNEE, TAYLOR AND BRANDON.

WAS A DECORATED WAR VETERAN, SERVED 30 YEARS IN THE ARMY IN WWII, KOREAN WAR AND VIETNAM. HE RECEIVED THE COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE, BRONZE STAR MEDAL W/VALOR DEVICE, KOREAN SERVICE MEDAL KOREAN PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION, UN SERVICE MEDAL, NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, COMMENDATION RIBBON W/METAL PENDANT & ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL.

HONORABLY DISCHARGED OCTOBER 31, 1965 MOVED TO LONG BEACH AREA AND LATER TO LONG BEACH, CA WHERE HE RESIDED UNTIL HIS DEATH NOVEMBER 29, 2013 AT THE AGE OF 98!!!

ACCEPTED THE LORD IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS DAUGHTER DEBRA ON HIS BIRTHDAY OCTOBER 16, 2013.

"DAD WAS ONE OF THE BEST FATHERS I HAVE EVER KNOWN OR HEARD OF. HE WAS ALWAYS GENEROUS, KIND AND UNDERSTANDING. I DON'T EVER REMEMBER HIM RAISING HIS VOICE TO ME IN MY WHOLE LIFE. I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE I COULD WITH HIM AND HE LOVED TO SPEND TIME WITH HIS CHILDREN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WHEN WE WERE SMALL AND AS ADULTS. HE WAS NOT PERFECT BUT THANK GOD HE DIDN'T NEED TO BE THAT'S WHY JESUS CAME AND SACRIFICED HIMSELF. I WILL LOVE AND HONOR HIM FOREVER." DEBBIE JEAN
Published in Gazette Newspapers from Dec. 5 to Dec. 12, 2013
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