Herman A. Duysings

Memorial services for Herman A. Duysings will be held Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m., at Sovereign Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Oak Harbor with Pastor Robert C. VanKooten officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor.

Herman Alexander Duysings, age 78, died suddenly at his home in Greenbank on May 18, 2002. He was born Jan. 29, 1924, in Solo, Indonesia, to Hubertus and Helena (Engelken) Duysings. He was raised in Indonesia. With the Japanese occupation of Indonesia during World War II, he was held in a concentration camp for three and one-half years.

Following the war, Herman entered the Dutch Air Force Academy in Indonesia. He completed two years of training, but was forced to leave due to health reasons. He worked on rubber and tea plantations for several years while completing correspondence training as an engineer. He was married to Willy Monsantofils in Jakarta, Indonesia on Oct. 15, 1948. Following the completion of his education, Herman left for Holland, where he worked for five years as an engineer.

In 1960, Herman came to the United States, settling in the Los Angeles area, where he was employed as a structural and mining engineer. He received his U.S. citizenship in 1967. Herman moved on to the San Francisco Bay area, continuing his engineering work and also operated a small construction company in the bay area for eight years.

Herman retired in 1989 and he and Willy moved to Whidbey Island. He built their retirement home in the Greenbank area. Herman loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, shooting and spending time with his family.

Mr. Duysings was an active member of the Sovereign Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Oak Harbor, carrying out his desire to serve the Lord. He was also a member of the Bayview Senior Center, a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Dutch Indonesian DeIndo Club.

Mr. Duysings is survived by his wife Willy at the family home, Greenbank, four children and their spouses: Arthur and Rosie Duysings of Riverside, Calif.; Peter and Maria Duysings of San Jose, Calif.; Rudie and Renee Duysings of Coupeville; and Bernard and Michelle Duysings of Temecula, Calif. Fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

Memorials may be made to OPC Foreign Missions, c/o Sovereign Grace OPC, P.O. Box 1886, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 or to Habini. Arrangements are under the direction of Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor. This obituary may be seen on-line at: