July 31, 1930 ~ September 29, 2001

Born in: St. Louis, MO,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Arden ~ Willem (Bill) Royle van der Hoeven, 71, of 25 Brook Forest Drive, died Saturday at his residence.

Mr. van der Hoeven was born July 31, 1930 in St. Louis, MO to Bernard Jacob Cornelis and Annette Elaine Royle van der Hoeven. He was a veteran of the US Army and was a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University holding a BS and MS degree. He worked for thirty-three years as a chemical engineer with Union Carbide. Mr. van der Hoeven was a cellist with the Asheville and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestras and a member of Arden Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Sarah (Sally) Anne Tate van der Hoeven; a daughter, Peggy Abernathy of Columbus, OH; three sons, Will van der Hoeven of Austin, TX, Pete van der Hoeven of Georgetown, KY and Paul van der Hoeven of Marietta, GA; a sister, Gertrude Neeltje of Ithaca, NY; a brother, Dr. Bernard Jacob Cornelis van der Hoeven of Santa Fe, NM and sixteen grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday at Arden Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Skip Gillikin and Alan B. Christensen officiating.

Memorials may be made to Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, 24 Moore Street, Princeton, NJ 08542, Arden Presbyterian Church, 2215 Hendersonville Road, Arden,NC 28704, or to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Dearest Sally,
    Our prayers are with you as you work through this most difficult loss. Even as Christians with the Lord’s promises we need to mourn. Take all the comfort that is offered and spoil yourself.
    John and I can just imagine Bill playing sweet, sweet music for the Lord in heaven as he did on earth.
    God love and keep you!
    John and Veronica Aaron

  2. Linda and I wish to extend our condolences to your family, but also wish to rejoice in the new home this great Christian warrior now has. We will deeply miss Bill, but we look forward to our reunion with him. God bless you and your family and may He continue to uphold you.

  3. For ourselves, and on behalf of the whole church here in Georgetown, we want to extend our sympathy to Mrs. Van der Hoeven and the family. We thank God for the confidence Christ gives us for everlasting life through His resurrection, and thank God that brother Bill’s work here on earth has been completed. He kept faith until the end, thanks be to God.

  4. Sally,

    We just want to let you know that we love you and your family are in our prayers. A special memory of Bill is when he took time to encourage Shelley when she was taking cello. We will always remember Bill and how he blessed us in his love for music and the Lord.

  5. Bill always made me feel like he had been waiting all day to see me! Shared his wisdom and care of others everywhere he went. Blessed with music skills. I think those beautiful roses were his project too. My deepest sympathies to Sally and to Will and the rest of the family.


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