Henry "Hank" Antone Vangrunsven
HENRY ANTONE "HANK” VANGRUNSVEN was born October 6, 1915 on Marsh Road, near Verboort, Oregon, 14 mile from the house where he spent all but four years of his life. He was the son of the late Antone VanGrunsven and Anna (Cosmans) VanGrunsven. Hank attended Verboort grade school through the eighth grade and even though he didn't continue his schooling, he played baseball for Verboort High School while working for Ray Maling Cannery in Hillsboro. He played baseball for and coached many local teams including the Ray Maling team, and the Verboort and Banks teams. He later became an avid golfer and helped design the Sunset Grove Golf Course which he managed for three years before he helped design Killarney West Golf Course.
Hank was united in marriage to Genevieve Josephine Seus on April 11, 1940 in Hillsboro, Oregon. Following their marriage they resided in the Cornelius community, until June 1, 1943 when they moved to the Verboort community, where he had resided since.
Following his marriage, he worked for two years for the Birds Eye Cannery in Hillsboro, before he began farming full time. Hank raised row crops, including beans and strawberries. After retiring from farming, he went to work for the Van Dyke Seed Company in Forest Grove where he worked before retiring due to health problems.
Every year he continued to grow an abundant garden producing more than enough fruit and vegetables to feed his family and plenty to share with friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve, on March 1, 1994 in Verboort, Oregon, after celebrating over fifty-three years of marriage together.
Hank was also preceded in death by his parents, Antone and Anna VanGrunsven; his three sisters, Christine Giesbers, Anne Desinger and Delia Burns; and his brother, Bernard VanGrunsven.
Survivors include his four sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Anita VanGrunsven, of Fruitdale, Idaho; Jim and Willy VanGrunsven, of Molalla, Oregon; Ken and Renita VanGrunsven and Tom and Sheila VanGrunsven, all of Forest Grove, Oregon; his six daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Vandecoevering and Linda and Jim Spiering, all of Forest Grove, Oregon; Joanne and Ken Vandehey, of Cornelius, Oregon; Pat Soto, of Forest Grove, Oregon; Mary and Jerry Morse, of Aloha, Oregon; and Barb and Bob Jansen, of Hillsboro, Oregon; and his brother, Tony VanGrunsven, of Hillsboro, Oregon.
Also surviving are seventeen grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.