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In Memory of

John Haakman

May 17, 1927 - March 28, 2015

Obituary


Joannes "John" Engelbert-Maria Haakman, 87, of New Braunfels, TX passed away on March 28th 2015 with his family surrounding him.
John was born May 17th, 1927 in Alkmaar, North Holland to loving parents Joannes Antonius Haakman & Theodora Hilckman-Haakman, and was raised in Bergen, North Holland where his father worked as that Bergen K-12 School Principal.
John was a teenager during the WWII occupation of Holland, and graduated Advanced High School Studies and joined the Dutch Air Force as Lieutenant fighting 2 years in Indonesia. In the early 1950s he came to the Hondo Air...

Joannes "John" Engelbert-Maria Haakman, 87, of New Braunfels, TX passed away on March 28th 2015 with his family surrounding him.
John was born May 17th, 1927 in Alkmaar, North Holland to loving parents Joannes Antonius Haakman & Theodora Hilckman-Haakman, and was raised in Bergen, North Holland where his father worked as that Bergen K-12 School Principal.
John was a teenager during the WWII occupation of Holland, and graduated Advanced High School Studies and joined the Dutch Air Force as Lieutenant fighting 2 years in Indonesia. In the early 1950s he came to the Hondo Air Base near Hondo, TX as a pilot in a joint venture of Dutch and American Air Forces.
In 1956 he obtained his American Visa and began working as a Chemist at Dow Chemical. His career led to his being promoted to the Purchasing Director (Certified Purchasing Manager) of Dow's Research Department, finally retiring in 1990. John's other business ventures in the Lake Jackson area included a beach house, land investments, and a local carwash.
In 1957 John met Dimple Lowry at the Lake Jackson Monday Nighter's Club dance. She was the love of his life, and they married in 1957 in her hometown of Sapulpa, OK. Together they raised 3 children in the Clute and Lake Jackson areas.
In 1969, John was naturalized as an American citizen.
John was a longtime member of St. Michael's Catholic Church of Lake Jackson, where he was a lecturer and distributed bible films for Sunday classes as early as the 1960s. He was a current member of the church's Knights of Columbus and a member of the Lion's Club. In New Braunfels, he served with Meals on Wheels; and enjoyed his many new friends he made while residing at the Pinnacle Retirement Community of New Braunfels and in his frequent trips to the YMCA.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Joannes & Theodora Haakman; siblings Mies Jongejan, Bertie Haker, Marieke Jacobs, wife Dimple Haakman; son-in-law Mark Brittain, and grandson Trevor Brittain.
John is survived by his son Hans Haakman (wife Cheryl Shows-Haakman), of Austin, TX; his daughter Theresa Brittain; daughter Andrea Scullion (husband Chuck Scullion), grandchildren Cassie, Charlie, Trinity, and Tyler, of Austin, TX; sister Joke Weevers of Calgary, Canada; brother Dick Haakman of Holland; two brothers-in-law, Geert Jacobs of Holland and Jerry Parker of Tulsa,OK; and close friend of many years Ruth Brown as well as many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Pinnacle Retirement Community chapel Tuesday March 31st 2015 at 1:00pm in New Braunfels, TX. Reverend Ralph Ludwig is presenting.
Funeral Services will be held at Restwood Funeral Home - "Dignity Memorial" - of Clute, TX on Thursday April 2nd 2015. Visitation will begin at 10:30am with Funeral Services beginning at 11:30am. Serving as pallbearers will be Chuck Scullion, Jim Jerome, Tom Parker, Steve Harrington, and David Bush. Honorary Pallbearers are John vonGonten, Gilbert Bohuslav, Xavier Sendejo, Juan Longoria, John Kwan, John Girouard, and John Respondek. Following the burial, a luncheon will be held from 1:00pm at Restwood Funeral Home. Monsignor Leo Wleczyk will preside.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.